Sunday, September 22, 2019
Medicare’s annual enrollment period started Monday, and health insurers are banking that a lot more seniors and people with disabilities will sign up for private Medicare Advantage plans instead of traditional Medicare coverage. Driving the news: UnitedHealth Group executives yesterday said earnings per share next year will increase by roughly...
Mary Mayhew, a former health commissioner under Maine Gov. Paul LePage, started yesterday as the director of the federal office that directly oversees Medicaid. Why it matters: The Trump administration is focused intently on reframing Medicaid as something closer to a welfare program, and has arguably made more significant conservative...
The influential Leapfrog Group, which grades nearly 2,000 U.S. hospitals, is launching a national survey to evaluate the safety and quality of up to 5,600 surgery centers that perform millions of outpatient procedures every year. The group now issues hospitals an overall letter grade and evaluates how hospitals handle myriad...
By Elizabeth Lucas and Sydney Lupkin 2:00 AM EDT A new Kaiser Health News database tracks campaign donations from drugmakers over the past 10 years. Before the midterm elections heated up, dozens of drugmakers had already poured about $12 million into the war chests of hundreds of members of Congress. Since the...

America’s caregiver crisis

America's caregivers are increasingly putting their own needs last in order to sustain their charges through an increasingly complicated health care system, according to a new AP-NORC poll. Data: AP-NORC poll conducted March 13–April 5, 2018 amongst 1,024 U.S. adults who have or are currently providing long-term care. Margin of error is ±4.1...
CMS Proposes to Require Manufacturers to Disclose Drug Prices in Television Ads Proposed rule would further the Trump Administration’s commitment to lower prescription drug prices by requiring companies to list prices for prescription drugs covered in Medicare or Medicaid As part of the agency’s ongoing efforts to empower patients and lower...
The Trump administration is moving forward with new rules that would require drug companies to disclose their prices, rejecting the industry’s efforts to preempt those regulations. Why it matters: This is the most direct conflict yet between pharmaceutical companies and the administration, and the dispute could quickly escalate into the...
It may not be long before the world simply doesn’t have many effective antibiotics, according to a scary piece by Maryn McKenna in Wired. The bottom line: “The drugs we have for heart disease, for depression, for cancer, the vaccine for measles—they’ll still work. But antibiotics will be crushed,” Kevin...
Expect more big moves on prescription drug pricing today. Driving the news: HHS Secretary Alex Azar is giving a "major policy address" on drug prices this afternoon. Politico reported Friday that the administration would formally propose new regulations this week requiring drugmakers to include their sticker prices in their advertising,...
As we near November's midterm elections, Democrats haven't distilled one of their biggest talking points — Medicare for All — down to one single policy. The big picture: The fight for universal health care is not a new one. But the wave of Democrats campaigning on "Medicare for All" represents the most...

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