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Drug prices expected to rise nearly 8% next year

By Alex Kacik  |  July 25, 2017

Drug prices continue to rise faster than the medical inflation rate, largely due to sharp spikes in branded drug prices that have caused providers to work around optimal treatments and forced patients to avoid taking costly medications.

First Senate ACA repeal vote fails as debate begins

First Senate ACA repeal vote fails as debate begins

By Mara Lee  |  July 25, 2017

Senate Republicans' first vote to repeal and replace Obamacare came nowhere close to passing Tuesday night after hours of debate on their yearslong pledge to tear down the healthcare law.

The road to repealing Obamacare

The road to repealing Obamacare

By Modern Healthcare  |  July 25, 2017

As the Senate moves forward with debate on its Affordable Care Act repeal and replace plan, Modern Healthcare is taking a look back at the winding path of healthcare reform this year.

Disabled Medicare enrollees are not getting the same care as able-bodied ones

By Virgil Dickson  |  July 25, 2017

Disabled Medicare beneficiaries are getting worse screening compared with able-bodied enrollees, according to the CMS. The agency has found that beneficiaries age 65 and older reporting disabilities were less likely to receive mammography screenings and Pap tests than those reporting no disability.

HCA feels pinch of slowing admissions

By Dave Barkholz  |  July 25, 2017

HCA posted flat earnings in its second quarter as growth in admissions and emergency room visits slowed to a meager 1% at the nation's largest hospital chain.

House fails to pass $2 billion VA Choice funding bill

By Mara Lee  |  July 25, 2017

Because of House rules requiring a two-thirds majority to pass a bill without normal debate, an effort to get the VA Choice program funded before the August recess failed Monday night.

Molina to lay off 10% of its workforce

Molina to lay off 10% of its workforce

By Dave Barkholz  |  July 24, 2017

Medicaid health plan Molina Healthcare intends to lay off 1,400 employees, or 10% of its workforce, over the coming months to try to offset losses from its Obamacare exchange business, the company said in an internal memo to employees Monday.

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