President Barack Obama says he will veto a bill allowing purchases of over-the-counter medications from health savings accounts. Under current law, drug expenses are eligible only if prescribed by a physician.
The deadliest mass shooting in recent U.S. history has evoked an immediate call for swift government action to address gun violence. But lost in the emotional debate about public safety and Second Amendment rights is evidence-based data to inform policy.
Data Points for the week of June 20, 2016, covered mass shootings, assault weapon bans, mass murders committed with AR-15 semi-automatic rifles, and deaths in mass shootings.
Physician buy-in is critical for the long-term sustainability of Medicare's ACO program, which could play an important role in Medicare's broader payment reforms. But MACRA could also inspire physicians to quit the whole ACO enterprise.
Patently perturbed: Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal raises fears about drug patent periods, higher costs
Multilateral trade deals—such as the Trans-Pacific Partnership touted by President Barack Obama on his recent trip through Asia—are usually of little concern or consequence to healthcare stakeholders. But the TPP could affect pharmaceutical pricing around the globe.
Healthcare providers shouldn't let the good news on shrinking bad debt distract them from dealing with one of the more pressing financial issues facing the industry—helping people saddled with unmanageable bills.
The nation's top healthcare leaders overwhelmingly back the Affordable Care Act and support its goal of pushing providers away from fee-for-service medicine and toward delivering value-based care, according to Modern Healthcare's second-quarter CEO Power Panel poll.
Beg, borrow and steal. Zika preparation involves a bit of all three as federal, state and local health officials try to get a jump on the mosquito-borne virus while Congress haggles over how much money they really need.
President Barack Obama joined forces with the rap artist Macklemore to improve efforts to reach out to those addicted to opioids and those who overdose on the drug often found in prescription painkillers.
The tax penalty and other measures designed to get younger, healthier people to sign up for individual plans on the ACA's insurance exchanges have not accomplished their mission of preventing adverse selection.
President Obama's upcoming visit to Hiroshima in pursuit of a nuclear weapon-free world will unleash uncomfortable emotions on both sides of the Pacific. He ought to note what survivors of the blast taught mankind about the long-term effects of radiation exposure and the threat posed by nuclear war.
In most presidential election years, the politics of healthcare at least has a nodding acquaintance with reality. This year, the two aren't even on speaking terms.