The Human Rights Watch report makes the claim that the overmedication of antipsychotics in nursing homes has become an epidemic.
The report quotes Walter L., a Texas nursing home patient who was given antipsychotics. “Too many times I’m...National News
The 2019 budget requests hits insurer and payer hot spots including ACA Medicare risk corridor payments and cost-sharing reductions, uncompensated care payments, Medicare post-acute care costs and even graduate medical education.
Trump’s proposal outlines his administration’s priorities – Congress makes the decisions.
Attention focused after a former Aetna medical director admitted he never reviewed patient medical records when deciding whether to authorize treatment.
California Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones confirmed he is launching an investigation into Aetna's processes in denying claims and requests for prior authorization for care, as...
Purdue Pharma LP said on Saturday that it will stop promoting opioids to physicians, following widespread criticism of the ways that drugmakers market addictive painkillers.
Purdue and other drugmakers have been fighting lawsuits by states, counties and cities that have accused them of pushing addictive painkillers through deceptive...National News
Hospital prices increased 2.2 percent in December, the fastest rate in four years, according to an analysis by Altarum, a nonprofit health-care research organization.
The group analyzes data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics and other sources to estimate the underlying prices that health plans and consumers pay for medical goods...National News
Medicare Advantage enrollment is projected to rise to 38 million, or 50% market penetration, by the end of 2025.
Anthem, Humana and WellCare Health Plans are signaling plans to aggressively grow their Medicare Advantage businesses with the help of mergers and acquisitions. The three health insurers are in a competitive battle with...National News
The online retailer is pushing hard to create a marketplace where hospitals could shop to stock emergency rooms, operating suites and outpatient facilities from sutures to hip implants.
Amazon recently dispatched employees to a large Midwestern hospital system, where hospital officials are testing whether they can use Amazon Business...National News
In 2016, Mohave County had more opioid prescriptions than people.The vast rural county in northwest Arizona dispensed 127.5 opioid prescriptions per 100 residents that year, making it Arizona's most prolific county by that measure, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
The CDC data shows that Arizona's rate of...National News
In a Washington Post opinion piece, the CMS Administrator shares her vision.
Americans are among the most generous people in the world. While this nation was founded on the pursuit of a shared dream, the moral pledge of the American people has been to never leave behind our most vulnerable fellow citizens.
Our aim is...National News
The Community Health Center (CHC) program serves people at nearly 10,000 nonprofit clinics nationwide, almost all of which are in low-income rural and urban areas.
Kaiser Health News reports Congress has allocated $3.6 billion annually to the health centers in recent years. That is about 20 percent of the centers’ budgets—much of...National News
Exempted from the Affordable Care Act's individual mandate penalty, they've grown from 150,000 to 1.1 million enrollees.
These ministries have limited government oversight and have far more freedom to reject applicants with pre-existing conditions or claims that don't meet moral standards. Experts warn that the growth of these...National News
Aurora operates psychiatric hospitals in California, Illinois, Arizona, Massachusetts, Nevada and Texas.
The suit was filed in Sonoma County Superior Court on behalf of Teresa Brooke, the former Chief Nursing Officer at Aurora Santa Rosa Hospital, an acute psychiatric facility in Sonoma County operated by the two companies.
Dr. Brenda Fitzgerald, an obstetrician-gynocologist, leaves amid the nation's worst flu epidemic in a decade.
The resignation was announced less than a day after Politico reported on Tuesday that Dr. Fitzgerald, 71, had traded in tobacco stocks even after taking the position at the public health agency. The tobacco trades were small:...National News
Anthem has shocked insureds in six states: Georgia, Indiana, Missouri, Kentucky, New Hampshire and Ohio.
In recent years, Anthem has begun denying coverage for emergency room visits that it deems “inappropriate” because they aren’t, in the insurance plan’s view, true emergencies.
The problem: These denials are made after...National News
The Omaha-based carrier plans to offer Medicare Advantage plans with a prescription drug benefit in selected markets.
Mutual of Omaha announces a strategic alliance with Lumeris, a company with over 10 years of experience with Medicare Advantage plans using a successful, collaborative payer model to deliver better clinical outcomes...National News
Amazon, Berkshire Hathaway and JPMorgan Chase & Co. announced they are joining forces to address the high costs of employee health care.
The three companies, which bring their scale and complementary expertise to this long-term effort, will pursue this objective through an independent company that is free from profit-making...National News
The medical records capability will roll out through a beta available to the general public in the coming months.
Google and Microsoft have had products available for years but lacked the ability to integrate information from a variety of sources. Apple thinks they have found the way.
The new Apple offering will have the advantage...National News
Wednesday's vote of 55-43 ends the speculation.
An attorney, Azar, 50, will take over the huge department, with its budget of more than $1.1 trillion. No stranger to the government’s largest domestic agency, he held senior roles during the tenure of George W. Bush.
Before the vote, leading GOP senators praised Azar for his...National News
Kentucky will be offering a novel way to reactivate your medical coverage: a health or financial literacy course you must pass.
The waivers approved by the Trump administration present opportunity for new ways to think about how to empower individuals to improve their health.
The precise content of the courses is not yet worked...National News
Seems to corroborate what ERs and physicians are reporting about increase in cases of flu.
An analysis from GoodRx reveals three important things to know:
1. Researchers examined a large sample of U.S. pharmacy fills and found prescriptions for Tamiflu are up 640 percent from the same time last year.
2. In 2017, fills for...