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How below-the-radar mergers fuel health care monopolies

How below-the-radar mergers fuel health care monopolies

A new study finds that 22 percent of markets for primary care doctors, surgeons, cardiologists and other specialties were “highly concentrated” in 2013. That means that a lack of competitors substantially increased those doctors’ ability to raise prices without losing customers.

September 6, 2017 | By | Reply More
Often missing in the health care debate: women’s voices

Often missing in the health care debate: women’s voices

As leaders in Washington discussed the future of American health care, women were not always allowed in the room. To hammer out (behind closed doors) the Senate’s initial version of a bill to replace Obamacare, Majority Leader Mitch McConnell appointed 12 colleagues, all male.

August 17, 2017 | By | Reply More
Doctors warm to single-payer health care

Doctors warm to single-payer health care

Fifty-six percent of doctors registered either strong support or were somewhat supportive of a single-payer health system. In a 2008 survey, opinions ran the opposite way — 58 percent opposed single-payer. What’s changed?

August 16, 2017 | By | Reply More
CBO: Killing cost-sharing subsidies would hike premiums and raise deficit

CBO: Killing cost-sharing subsidies would hike premiums and raise deficit

If President Donald Trump cuts federal cost-sharing subsidies, health insurance premiums for silver plans would soar by an average of 20 percent next year and the federal deficit would rise by $194 billion over the next decade

August 16, 2017 | By | Reply More
‘Bureaucratic ninjas’ slice red-tape to battle health disparities

‘Bureaucratic ninjas’ slice red-tape to battle health disparities

Shannon McGrath says its been a lot easier to make her medical appointments recently, thanks to help from the “patient navigator” Kaiser Permanente assigned her,

August 7, 2017 | By | Reply More
Florida law will let patients get all their drug renewals at the same time

Florida law will let patients get all their drug renewals at the same time

For people who take multiple medications to manage chronic conditions, traipsing back and forth from the pharmacy to pick up pills can make it harder to stick to their doctors’ orders.

August 4, 2017 | By | Reply More
Accreditors Can Keep Their Hospital Inspection Reports Secret, Feds Decide

Accreditors Can Keep Their Hospital Inspection Reports Secret, Feds Decide

Federal health officials have backed down from a controversial proposal that would have required private accreditors to publicly release reports about errors, mishaps and mix-ups in the nation’s hospitals and health care facilities.

August 3, 2017 | By | Reply More
Drug puts a $750,000 ‘price tag on life’

Drug puts a $750,000 ‘price tag on life’

In April, Gundy’s child, who is on private insurance, began getting the drug Spinraza, which costs $750,000 for the initial year of treatment. Chaffin’s child — a Medicaid enrollee — was not receiving the drug, as his state regulators debated whether to offer it to children like him who use ventilators to breathe.

August 2, 2017 | By | Reply More
A bipartisan health care fix? Governors have some ideas

A bipartisan health care fix? Governors have some ideas

The apparent demise of the Republican drive to scrap the Affordable Care Act may open the door to bipartisan fixes to the law. If it does, some of the proposals being touted by a bipartisan group of governors may get a hearing on Capitol Hill.

August 1, 2017 | By | Reply More
Even without Congress, Trump can still cut Medicaid enrollment

Even without Congress, Trump can still cut Medicaid enrollment

President Donald Trump’s top health officials could engineer lower enrollment in the state-federal health insurance program by approving applications from several GOP-controlled states eager to control fast-rising Medicaid budgets.

July 30, 2017 | By | Reply More