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July 19

Taking Neighbors to Court: Johns Hopkins Hospital Medical Debt Lawsuits

This report presents findings on Johns Hopkins Hospital’s (JHH) practices in suing its patients for medical debt. Since 2009, JHH filed more than 2,400 lawsuits in Maryland courts seeking the repayment of $4.8 million in alleged medical debt from former patients, with a median amount of $1,438, based on review of thousands of electronic

July 19

UnitedHealth’s Prowess Only Grows

If you own stock in UnitedHealth Group, you essentially own a slice of a private-sector empire — and a very profitable one at that.

July 19

Canada Warns U.S. Against Drug Import Plans, Citing Shortage Concerns

Canada opposes any U.S. plans to buy Canadian prescription drugs that might threaten the country’s drug supply or raise costs for its own citizens, officials have told U.S. authorities, in a new setback to the Trump administration’s efforts to tackle high drug prices, according to documents obtained by Reuters.

July 19

CMS Proposes New Bundled Payment Model for Radiation Oncology

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has proposed a new payment model for radiation oncology.

July 19

Blue Cross’s Approach to Paying Doctors Based on Quality of Care Shows Results, Harvard Study Finds

A decade-old experiment to put a dent in Massachusetts health care costs by changing the way doctors are paid appears to be working — offering a potential strategy to combat one of the most vexing problems in today’s economy.

July 19

Some of the Deadliest Cancers Receive the Least Funding, Northwestern Study Says

Some of the deadliest cancers — such as colorectal, ovarian and lung cancers — receive the lowest amounts of nonprofit funding, according to a new Northwestern Medicine study.

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