The latest wrinkle in the fight against rising drug prices involves insurers and pharmacy benefit managers asking drugmakers to accept lower prices for the latest medicines emerging from their labs when they don't achieve the desired results.
Advocates feel progress made in dropping the U.S. teen pregnancy rate under the Obama administration may reverse should federal policy shift back to abstinence-only education.
Health insurers are signaling they'll go along with Republicans' plans to repeal most of the Affordable Care Act—but only if new legislation includes a strong substitute for the ACA provision encouraging younger and healthier people to buy coverage.
Some mission-driven, not-for-profit hospitals are beginning to waive deductibles for low-income patients as the number of Americans in high-deductible health plans rises.
More than a quarter of Native Americans nationwide are uninsured and face high barriers to care. Many say the Indian Health Service is failing them, and Congress is not moving quickly to address the problems of mismanagement, funding and poor quality care in IHS.
For patients who want to use newer, novel devices beyond clinical trials, affordability is often the central issue blocking access when insurers won't cover their purchase. Manufacturers that can't get widespread coverage for their products face the prospect of limited sales.
Managed-care plans increasingly taking over Medicaid long-term care. Not everyone is happy about it.
States are increasingly turning to private firms to provide managed long-term supports and services (MLTSS). Their goal is to rein in costs and increase budget predictability, but some advocates are claiming that they are seeing care suffer under the model.
Links between community hospitals and cancer centers can lead to better care and a better bottom line. Many regard these relationships as necessary to preserve quality and expand access to state-of-the-art oncology care.
Many CEOs responding to our post-election survey said they're willing to consider Trump's healthcare reform ideas. But 86% said an ACA repeal should not proceed without a replacement that provides affordable health insurance for all Americans who lack employer-based coverage.
Healthcare interests fighting proposals placed on state ballots by citizen petitions vastly outspent the proponents. And for the most part their media campaigns successfully staved off unwanted changes such as controls on drug prices in California and a single-payer system in Colorado.
For 35 years, faith-based health systems have been exempt from federal regulations governing their pension plans. Now they face an uncertain financial future until the U.S. Supreme Court weighs in on whether they deserve it.
Inspired in part by the meth campaign, the hospital jolted parents—and stirred up plenty of criticism— with TV ads and billboards featuring pictures of overweight children, many with messages that subtly criticized parents. One, for example, said, “Big bones didn't make me this...