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Wait! What? Amazon and Apple eye building EHRs

Just weeks after rumors hinted that Apple is working on a way to bring health records together on iPhones, Amazon appears to have launched an …

John McCain’s Dramatic ‘No’ Vote Derails GOP Health Care Effort

Senate rejects Republicans’ ‘skinny’ repeal bill, 49-51<p><b>Updated 3:10 a.m.</b> | In a dramatic early Friday morning vote, the Senate voted down the …

Obama defends his signature health care law as Senate unveils plan to repeal it

Former President Barack Obama on Thursday came to the defense of one of his signature achievements, the Affordable Care Act, after Senate Republicans …

Senate GOP health bill: Tax cuts for rich

WASHINGTON (AP) — Senate Republicans' new health bill cuts taxes by nearly $1 trillion over the next decade, mostly for corporations and the richest …

The Bipartisan ‘Single Payer’ Solution: Medicare Advantage Premium Support For All

In my last <i>Health Affairs</i> Blog post, I outlined a potentially bipartisan four-step plan to move past the American Health Care Act’s (AHCA’s) …

In Rare Unity, Hospitals, Doctors and Insurers Criticize Health Bill

It is a rare unifying moment. Hospitals, doctors, health insurers and some consumer groups, with few exceptions, are speaking with one voice and urging significant changes to the Republican health care legislation that passed the House on Thursday.<p>The bill’s impact is wide-ranging, potentially …

Health Care

Health Care In America: An Employment Bonanza And A Runaway-Cost Crisis

In many ways, the health care industry has been a great friend to the U.S. economy. Its plentiful jobs helped lift the country out of the Great …

Democrats say spending bill must fund Obamacare payments

Democrats say they will make funding for a key Obamacare program a top priority in the next spending bill after President Donald Trump on Wednesday threatened to stop it, raising the possibility of a government shutdown threat over the health care law.<p>Trump said he hasn't decided whether to fund …

Is Obamacare in a ‘Death Spiral’?

The man who coined the term says no. But Republicans are crazy if they think they’d benefit politically from the system’s collapse.<p>The Affordable Care Act’s marketplaces have faced a tough year. They aren’t imploding, but they have experienced high premium increases and insurer exits this year. …

Health Care

Obamacare's Popularity Just Hit A Record High

Maybe it's not the best political climate for repealing the law.<p>Republicans are trying to pick up the pieces of their plan to repeal Obamacare, nearly two weeks after their last effort failed. But now they face a new problem: The law has become more popular than ever.<p>Americans’ views of the current …

Overcoming Challenges Of Outcomes-Based Contracting For Pharmaceuticals: Early Lessons From The Genentech–Priority Health Pilot

In recent decades, treatment advances have helped people with cancer live longer and better lives. Scientific investments have led to breakthroughs …

More Than Obamacare Repeal, Small Businesses Want Congress to Rein In Costs

LaRonda Hunter, a business owner in Fort Worth, Tex., views the Affordable Care Act as a literal job killer. Fearful of triggering the law’s employer mandate, which requires businesses with 50 or more workers to offer health insurance or pay penalties, Ms. Hunter has held off on expanding her small …

Health Care

Five Lessons From The AHCA’s Demise

While the keyhole of history has had insufficient time to bring the failed launch of the American Health Care Act (AHCA) into focus, it’s not too …

Health Care

Can Tech Speed Up Emergency Room Care?

The emergency-room doctor needed to take a closer look at the stitches above Gilbert Winter’s eye.<p>“Let me just zoom in a little closer,” said Peter Greenwald, an emergency-medicine physician at NewYork-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medicine in Manhattan. “I just need you to hold your head as still as …

GOP health-care bill: House Republican leaders abruptly pull their rewrite of the nation’s health-care law

Republican leaders abruptly pulled their overhaul of the nation’s health-care system from the House floor on Friday, a dramatic defeat for President Trump and House Speaker Paul D. Ryan that leaves a major campaign promise unfulfilled and casts doubt on the Republican Party’s ability to govern.<p>The …

Health Care

RAND: Direct-to-consumer telemedicine expands services, but doesn't reduce care costs

While direct-to-consumer telehealth services may be convenient, it may actually increase healthcare costs and use, according to a RAND Health study …

VA will move from VistA to a commercial EHR, secretary says

VA Secretary David Shulkin, MD, told House Committee on Veterans Affairs' members on March 8 that the VA would be moving to a commercial electronic …

Health Care Technology

Senate And House Take Different Plans To Scrap Individual Mandate

<i>Update: This story was originally published March 21. It was updated on June 26, 2017, with details of the Senate health care bill.</i><p>The Affordable …

Health Care

Baker says Mass. would take a hit of at least $1b because of GOP health care plan

Governor Charlie Baker warned Tuesday that the GOP plan to repeal the federal health care law could put a half-million Massachusetts residents at …

GAO To Launch Investigation Of FDA’s Orphan Drug Program

Acting on a request from three influential U.S. senators, the government’s accountability arm confirmed that it will investigate potential abuses of …

Biotechnology

In a bid to get votes, House Republicans prepare changes to their bill rolling back Obamacare

Scrambling to round up votes to roll back the<p>Affordable Care Act, House Republican leaders made a series of last-minute changes late Monday to their Obamacare repeal bill ahead of this week’s vote.<p>The changes, which senior<p>GOPleaders hope will sway wary conservative and moderate lawmakers, are aimed …

Obamacare Pushed Nonprofit Hospitals To Do Good Beyond Their Walls. Now What?

For the past six years, Mardi Chadwick has run a violence prevention program at Boston’s Brigham and Women’s Hospital. The program’s goal is to …

In This Next Phase Of Health Reform, We Cannot Overlook Long Term Care

It is becoming apparent that President Trump and the 115th Congress cannot start over with health care reform. Whether you love, begrudgingly …

Health Care

Obamacare repeal bill survives narrow committee vote

Republicans overcame conservative opposition to push their Obamacare repeal bill through the House Budget Committee today, keeping the legislation on track for a floor vote next week.<p>A narrow 19-17 vote to advance the Republican health plan came after strong opposition from House conservatives …

Ryan's gambit: Second health care bill to woo the reluctant

WASHINGTON (AP) — House Republicans are working on a companion to their bill replacing "Obamacare," a legislative second act that would ease cross-state sale of health insurance and limit jury awards for pain and suffering in malpractice lawsuits.<p>The problem: the so-called "sidecar" bill lacks the …

AP FACT CHECK: Both sides loose with facts in health debate

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Congressional Budget Office report on a Republican health care bill set off an intense reaction in Washington, and some on both …

New Sales Data for Nintendo Switch Released

Superdata Puts the Switch at 1.5 Million Sold So Far<p>Well, it’s been eleven days since the Nintendo Switch was launched around the world. How’s it …

As many as 24 million people could lose healthcare under Republican plan, CBO reports

As many as 24 million Americans risk losing health coverage over the next decade under the Republican plan to replace the Affordable Care Act, popularly known as Obamacare, the non-partisan Congressional Budget Office said on Monday.<p>The report predicts a dramatic loss of healthcare coverage over …

Health Care

House GOP health bill would cut women's services

This cutting edge AI startup from Finland is challenging tech giants and universities alike

When asking around to find the coolest startups in Helsinki, Curious AI was put forward. The company does not disappoint – even its approach to being a startup is unique.<p>Curious AI is a research-based company founded 2015 as a spin-off from Aalto's Deep Learning Research Group. While conventional …