Category Archives: Healthcare Spending

Is Paul Ryan Already Eyeing Medicare Cuts?

House Speaker Paul D. Ryan said Thursday that Medicare has “serious problems” that would need to be addressed when Congress moves to repeal and replace President Obama’s health-care reform law — a signal that he is willing to immediately enter … Continue reading

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Senators Demand Mylan Repay $50M to the Pentagon for EpiPen

A group of senators wants to know if Mylan Pharmaceuticals will refund $50 million for charging the Department of Defense “exorbitant rates” at retail pharmacies for the EpiPen emergency allergy device. Their demand followed a Reuters report last week that Pentagon spending … Continue reading

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CHS Ups Hospital Divestitures to 17

Community Health Systems is now working on seven transactions to sell 17 hospitals, its home-care business and other real estate, CEO Wayne Smith said during a third-quarter earnings call with analysts Wednesday. The developing divestitures have combined revenue of about … Continue reading

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CMS’ Slavitt Signals Tough Stance on Drug Costs

Dive Brief: As the U.S. faces increasing drug costs, pharmaceutical companies and investors can either continue to fight reality or to face it, CMS acting Administrator Andy Slavitt told attendees at last week’s Biopharma Congress in Washington, DC. As things stand, … Continue reading

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Treating The Patient vs. The Healthcare System

The Physicians Foundation recently released its findings from this year’s biennial physician survey.  What surprised us the most, or should we say amazed us, were the 10,170 physicians who took the additional time to send us commentaries that filled more … Continue reading

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Lawmakers Getting Earful Over Rising Health Care Premiums

The skyrocketing cost of health care premiums is suddenly center stage in Campaign 2016. State lawmakers are calling for a Special Session to fix what they say are catastrophic premium hikes. But now, political experts say the rate hike crisis … Continue reading

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Drug Price Hikes May be Hitting Hospitals Harder than Consumers

Skyrocketing drug prices have hit hospitals even harder than consumers, according to a recent study from America’s biggest hospital lobbies. Annual inpatient drug spending was up an average of 23.4% between 2013 and 2015, and 38.7% on a per admission … Continue reading

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Obamacare Patients Granted ‘Special’ Enrollments Cost Insurers

Special enrollments that give Americans a second chance to sign up for health coverage under the Affordable Care Act are 5% more costly than patients who sign up during the annual fall open enrollment period. A new analysis from research … Continue reading

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HHS Chief Hints at Tweaks to ObamaCare Marketplace

Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Sylvia Mathews Burwell on Wednesday sought to calm fears about the still-shaky ObamaCare marketplaces in the final stretch before this year’s sign-up period. Speaking to health insurance executives in Washington, Burwell stressed that the … Continue reading

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CHS Adopts Poison Pill Against Chinese Billionaire

The directors of struggling hospital chain Community Health Systems have voted to put in place a poison pill that will keep at bay a Chinese investor while the board looks into a private-equity deal or similar transaction. The shareholder rights … Continue reading

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