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Jul 19

2019

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

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Jul 19

2019

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.

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Jul 19

2019

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.

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Jul 19

2019

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.

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Jul 19

2019

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.

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Jul 19

2019

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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Jul 18

2019

There’s A Battle Brewing Over Who Gets To Sell Chemo Pills For Cancer Treatment

Cancer treatment has never been cheap. But in the pricey world of pharmaceuticals, the cost of oncology drugs has become jaw-dropping. And where there are big dollars, there is a battle between business interests, which is why cancer doctors are declaring war against pharmacy benefit managers.

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Jul 18

2019

CBO Projects Senate Drug-Pricing Proposal Will Save Money

Senate Finance Committee Republicans have yet to agree on their compromise package to lower drug prices, but Congressional Budget Office staffers estimated Wednesday that the bill would save money for both the government and Medicare beneficiaries.

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Jul 18

2019

Walgreens, CVS, and Walmart Lead the 25,000 Pharmacies Now Profiting From the 340B Program

The 340B program mandates that pharmaceutical manufacturers provide outpatient drugs to certain healthcare entities—known as eligible covered entities—at significant discounts. A covered entity can purchase and dispense 340B drugs through internal or external (contract) pharmacies.

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Jul 18

2019

Trump Administration Moves to Shift Patients’ Chronic Illness Costs to Insurers

Millions of Americans in high-deductible health plans may find it easier to access insulin, inhalers and other treatments for chronic health problems under guidance released Wednesday by the Trump administration.

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