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Health care prices are rising at the fastest level in years

By DAN DIAMOND (ddiamond@politico.com; @ddiamond)<p><b>FIRST IN PULSE: HEALTH CARE PRICES ARE RISING AT FASTEST LEVEL IN YEARS —</b> That's according to new data from Altarum, which found that prices have risen 2.2 percent since March of last year, the fastest annual growth rate since January 2012.<p><b>— The big</b> …

Health Care

Prescription drug costs: Insurers look to pass price breaks straight to the consumer

Some major health insurers plan to take a little sting out of prescription drug prices by giving customers rebates at the pharmacy counter.<p>Aetna and UnitedHealthcare both say they will begin passing rebates they get from drugmakers along to some customers starting next year. They could spark a …

Pharma

Pentagon wants to spot illnesses by monitoring soldiers’ smartphones

Imagine that your smartphone’s camera, microphone and motion sensors were monitoring you for signs of illness. That’s the future envisioned by scientists at the Pentagon’s secretive weapons development arm, where such a system is being built to keep tabs on deployed U.S. service members.<p>The Defense …

DARPA

Thousands of patients to get personalised NHS budgets

Around 350,000 people could soon qualify for right to select and pay for treatments through bespoke care plan<p>Hundreds of thousands of people with mental health conditions and physical disabilities could be given the option of a personalised NHS budget for their own care needs under government …

65% of Baby Boomers Are Making a Huge Financial Mistake That Could Leave Them Broke

Seniors on Medicare pay 13% of health expenses out-of-pocket, according to studies.<p>Each day, around 10,000 baby boomers in the United States hit …

Walmart might buy Humana: What it means

By DAN DIAMOND (ddiamond@politico.com; @ddiamond)<p>David Shulkin continues to warn that the Trump administration wants to privatize the VA, and Alex Azar officially names two top advisers.<p>But first: Another mega-merger is looming in health care ... or is it?<p><b>WALMART MIGHT BUY HUMANA —</b> It's both …

Health Care

America's Best Socialized Healthcare Could Be Privatized Soon

Evan Young, a retired army officer living in Arkansas, has reason to be upset with the Veterans Affairs healthcare system. Last year, when Splinter …

Health Care

California sues hospital giant Sutter Health, where study found prices 25% higher

California’s attorney general announced a lawsuit Friday against Sutter Health, alleging the hospital giant engaged in anticompetitive conduct that drove up prices for patients and employers in the state.<p>The lawsuit marked a bold move by state Attorney General Xavier Becerra against the dominant …

Health Care

CMS reports APRNs could solve primary workforce shortage

Home / Nursing Recruitment Source / Nurse education / CMS reports APRNs could solve primary workforce shortage<p>A recent report to Congress on the …

Let Nurse Practitioners Work

Opinion<p>Posted: Mar 15, 2018 12:01 AM<p><i>The opinions expressed by columnists are their own and do not represent the views of Townhall.com.</i><p>On March 14, …

White House tweaks plan to seek death penalty as part of opioid response

President Donald Trump’s plan to fight the opioid epidemic will call for the death penalty in some cases, White House officials said Sunday, scaling back the administration’s plan to punish drug dealers.<p>“The Department of Justice will seek the death penalty against drug traffickers when appropriate …

The US spends twice as much on healthcare as other developed nations and gets worse outcomes — and the reasons why show what it’s going to take to reform healthcare

The US healthcare system has seen a lot of changes in the past decade, from the introduction of the Affordable Care Act, to attempts to dismantle it, to criticism of high prices.<p>Through all of that, policymakers and the public have been trying to determine why the US spends so much on healthcare.<p>In …

Health Care

9 Frequently Asked Medicare Questions

Healthcare coverage only gets more important as we get older. Find out what you're entitled to receive from this federal insurance program.<p>More and …

Surgery Near End of Life Is Common, Costly

At 87, Maxine Stanich cared more about improving the quality of her life than prolonging it.<p>She suffered from a long list of health problems, …

Doctors Turn Down Pay Raise So Their Fellow Health Care Workers Can Get a Raise Instead

Over 250 doctors and physicians rejected a proposed pay raise so they could pass the funds towards hardworking nurses and clerks instead.The post …

Uber launches Uber Health, a B2B ride-hailing platform for healthcare

Uber’s launching a new business line called Uber Health on Thursday that will provide a ride-hailing platform available specifically to healthcare providers, letting clinics, hospitals, rehab centers and more easily assign rides for their patients and clients from a centralized dashboard – without …

Health Care Industry

It Cost $642,650.76 for Me Not to Die

Last summer, I inhaled a rare, flesh-eating bacteria that nearly killed me. Naturally, six months later I went back and interviewed my doctors (among …

Wireless stethoscope made for monitoring asthma at home

If your child has a respiratory illness such as asthma, then visits to the doctor may be fairly frequent. A team of scientists from Poland's Adam …

Trump Is Coming for Medicare, Medicaid and the ACA

President Trump released his 2019 budget vision today, and as you might expect it proposes some deep cuts to domestic programs while ratcheting up …

Trump proposes reduction of drug costs under Medicare

President Donald Trump will propose lowering prescription drug costs for Medicare beneficiaries by allowing them to share in rebates that drug companies pay to insurers and middlemen, an administration official said.<p>A senior administration official outlined the plan Thursday on condition of …

Telehealth success story: 97% of Harris County TB patients took their meds during Hurricane Harvey

One of the strategic priorities for Harris County Public Health in Houston is to identify potential uses of emerging technologies and adopt tools …

Public Health

No Car, No Care? Medicaid Transport Program Faces Cuts In Some States

Unable to walk or talk, barely able to see or hear, 5-year-old Maddie Holt of Everett, Wash., waits in her wheelchair for a ride to the hospital.<p>The 27-pound girl is dressed in polka-dot pants and a flowered shirt for the trip, plus a red headband with a sparkly bow, two wispy blond ponytails …