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Blog: Despite doom and gloom, experts see solutions to ACA exchange woes

Health policy experts say there are relatively straightforward changes that would strengthen the Affordable Care Act marketplaces, with the key goal of getting more younger, healthier people to enroll.

Blog: Cuban pharmaceutical imports to U.S. could lead to lower drug prices

Industry experts say the Obama administration's decision to lift a ban on importing Cuban pharmaceuticals and collaborating with the nation's researchers could bring the nation's cheaper, reputable medicines to the U.S. The move could give American researchers the chance to study Cuba's care...


Blog: Does the FDA enable drugmakers to jack up prices on cheap old drugs?

There are many reasons for the nation's rising prescription drug spending, which increased 6.3% from August 2015 to August 2016. But you wouldn't think one of them would be that the federal government is actively encouraging drug companies to slap higher price tags on old, cheap products.


Blog: Doctors Without Borders makes a valid point about drug pricing in spat with Pfizer

Doctors Without Borders is refusing 1 million free pneumonia vaccines from Pfizer because it objects to restrictions that often come with donated vaccines. The not-for-profit is also concerned about how Pfizer and other drugmakers use donations to justify charging high prices to other buyers.

Blog: So you think you can analyze data? NEJM has a challenge for you

By opening up clinical trial data for secondary analysis, the New England Journal of Medicine hopes to generate new findings that could "teach the world something."


Blog: Did Bill Clinton really call Obamacare a crazy system? Not exactly

Again proving himself both a campaign asset and liability, Bill Clinton muddled his wife's healthcare message and emboldened Affordable Care Act critics Monday when he described one of the law's affordability problems as “the craziest thing in the world.”

Blog: Designers achieve the improbable: a clear and readable explanation of benefits

HHS has announced the winners of a contest challenging designers to leverage technology to make the inscrutable – the basic healthcare explanation of benefits – so easy to read even a human being can comprehend it. Several hospitals around the country will test the designs.


Blog: Invest in new hospitals? Really?

Republican candidate Donald Trump called for more investment in new hospitals during the first presidential debate. Healthcare economists have a very different opinion about the need for new facilities.

Blog: ONC releases updated legal guide to HIT contracting

The guide is the newest addition to an online resource center for healthcare providers on how to implement and use health IT to advance care information and delivery.

Blog: Health tech leaders, lenders see long-standing barrier to innovation

What's the newest, biggest challenge in health IT? It's the same old problem – getting new ideas to move quickly down the healthcare industry's long runway for technological innovation, according to a survey of 122 health tech company founders, executives and investors.

Blog: Healthcare innovators optimistic about cost containment

Members of a panel of healthcare leaders who gathered in Chicago this week remain optimistic that through innovations and a persistent approach to patient-centered, data-driven care delivery, the healthcare industry can attack costs and bring them under control.

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