Month: July 2018
Proposed site-neutral payment policy sets the stage for battle royale between CMS, hospitals
As the CMS charts a path to level pay for outpatient services, it's also leading toward a head-to-head battle with powerful hospital lobbying groups as some providers win and lose with site-neutral payments.
The U.S. is grappling with how to rein in high drug prices. Unfortunately, most of the proposed solutions work better on a bumper sticker than in reality. The debate, however, tends to ignore a key player -- the prescribing doctor -- who could have a central role in a more sustainable approach to better value in drug pricing.
One year ago, with the flick of his thumb, Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) foiled the Republican Party’s quest to undo the Affordable Care Act and fulfill a seven-year promise to remake the health-care system.
Red-state Democrats are signaling some solidarity with the rest of the caucus on at least one policy issue flaring in the fight over Brett Kavanaugh’s Supreme Court nomination. Lawmakers including Sens. Joe Manchin (WV), Joe Donnelly (IN), and Heidi Heitkamp (ND) — all Democrats representing states that Donald Trump won by a wide margin in 2016 — are among those backing a new Senate resolution aimed at defending the constitutionality of the Affordable Care Act.
Anthem’s decision to exit some individual markets under the Affordable Care Act in favor of growing its Medicare business helped boost profits in the health insurer’s second quarter.
Taking aim at employee stress, employers expand financial education benefits
From credit card debt to saving for retirement and paying for children’s education expenses, stress over finances is taking a major toll on employees — and it’s also taking a major toll on the workplace as a result.
Cigna’s CEO says that the problem with healthcare in America has nothing to do with employers
The CEO of health insurer Cigna, David Cordani, says the problem with America's healthcare system is that most of the money is being spent on intervention after people already are sick. Cordani believes we need to spend more money and resources keeping people healthy in the first place.
The House on Wednesday passed a measure to delay ObamaCare’s health insurance tax for two years and expand Health Savings Accounts, part of a GOP effort to try to lower premiums.
Stepping into the land of the Trump resistance, Seema Verma flatly rejected California’s pursuit of single-payer health care as unworkable and dismissed the Affordable Care Act as too flawed to ever succeed.
In 2010, before the Affordable Care Act was passed by Congress, the pharmaceutical industry’s top lobbying group was a very public supporter of the measure. It even helped fund a multimillion-dollar TV ad campaign backing passage of the law.