Healthcare Reform

Trump’s Health Secretary Nominee Sought Special Treatment For Industry Donors

Rep. Tom Price, the physician and Georgia Republican tapped for the nation’s leading health care job, has long criticized federal spending as excessive. Yet during his years in Congress, he’s worked hard to keep federal dollars flowing to his most generous campaign donors. Price has been a go-to congressman, a review of his records shows, […]

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By and On Tuesday, December 22nd, 2015

Medicare spending $9B on hepatitis C drugs

Medicare spending on breakthrough medications for hepatitis C will nearly double this year, passing $9 billion, according to new government figures. That’s raising insurance costs for all beneficiaries, whether or not they have the liver-wasting viral disease. The price of drugs is the public’s top healthcare concern in opinion polls, and the 2016 presidential candidates […]

By and On Tuesday, December 22nd, 2015

CMS launches drug spending dashboard amid mounting tension on costs

More Medicare beneficiaries were prescribed AstraZeneca’s cholesterol drug Crestor than any other prescription medication last year, but the government spent 20% more on Sovaldi, Gilead’s new blockbuster hepatitis C drug.  That’s according to a new Web page the CMS posted intended to shed light on prescription drug use and spending. The analysis comes amid rising […]

By and On Sunday, December 6th, 2015

U.S. Healthcare Spending Hits $3 Trillion Mark

After five years of historic low growth that averaged about 3.7% per year, spending growth accelerated to 5.3% in 2014, largely in part to the addition of 8.7 million people to government and private health insurance rolls under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. Healthleaders Media — Healthcare spending in the United States crossed […]

By and On Saturday, May 30th, 2015

Healthcare Spending Grows While Broader Economy Contracts

The entire U.S. economy grew 2.7% year over year in the first quarter when adjusted for inflation. But the gross domestic product actually decreased 0.2%, compared with the fourth quarter. The BEA originally established quarterly growth at 0.7%. Healthcare spending increased 1.3% from the fourth quarter of 2014 through the first three months this year.

By and On Tuesday, May 19th, 2015

Annual Healthcare Cost For Family Of Four Now At $24,671

Forbes — The actuarial firm of Milliman, Inc. released their annual Medical Index for 2015 today; an index that they’ve calculated and published since 2001. The Milliman Medical Index (MMI) is the total annual cost of healthcare as estimated by Milliman for a typical family of four with employer-provided PPO insurance coverage. 

By and On Sunday, May 17th, 2015

New Medicare Payment Models May End Observation Care

Observation care penalties are a major thorn in the side of hospitals and their patients. But there’s good news: Medicare officials are allowing patients at dozens of facilities across the country to participate in pilot projects that exempt them from the observation requirements. 

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