In 2017, brand-name prescription drugs made up only 17% of total prescriptions filled but represented 79% of total drug spending, according to an updated study from the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association.
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Healthcare news this week …
Geisinger on Thursday announced the launch of a surgical redesign program aimed at expediting healing, improving pain management and reducing opioid use.
FDA unveils sweeping anti-tobacco effort to reduce underage vaping and smoking (plus more news from other sources)
Wildfire smoke threatens health, Siddhartha Mukherjee and others ponder the future of healthcare, and scientists vote on the kilogram.
Nearly a year ago, the private insurer in the state's overhauled Medicaid managed-care program slashed reimbursement rates to medical suppliers. Now a large provider is terminating its contract.
Massachusetts' dominant health system and one of its largest payers have put their merger talks on hold, after executives reportedly felt the deal was getting too complicated.
CommonWell members and Carequality participants will now have an easier time exchanging patient data, an example of vendor-driven interoperability.
More targeted enforcement activity and reduced regulatory burden led to a nearly $5 billion drop in improper Medicare payments in fiscal 2018.
LifePoint Health has finalized its merger with RCCH HealthCare Partners. The rural hospital operator has been purchased by affiliates of the private equity firm Apollo Global Management, which owns RCCH.
There has been a relatively steady decline in primary-care visits since 2009, although nurse practitioners and physician assistants are making up some ground, according to new research from the Health Care Cost Institute.
The chemical process used to sterilize most medical products was evaluated during committee hearings in Springfield, Ill., this week, due to cancer risks associated with ethylene oxide emissions.
Nearly 4,000 Arkansans lost their Medicaid expansion coverage in October because they didn't comply with the state's new work requirement. Another 8,462 low-income adults lost benefits in the previous two months.
CommonSpirit Health will be the name of the not-for-profit health system formed from the merger of Catholic Health Initiatives and Dignity Health.
The owner of a Detroit medical clinic was sentenced to more than 13 years in prison and ordered to pay millions of dollars in restitution after running an $8.9 million healthcare fraud scheme.
Federal laws are preventing greater use of telehealth, according to a CMS report sent to Congress on Thursday.
NantHealth's net loss more than doubled in the third quarter of 2018 as the company struggles to get reimbursed for genetic cancer tests.
The U.S. Justice Department said its settlement with Atrium Health would prohibit the Charlotte, N.C., hospital system from using anticompetitive steering restrictions in contracts between commercial health insurers and its providers.
As not-for-profit hospitals' profits slide, balance sheets are at an all-time high, according to Fitch Ratings.
California regulators approved the $69 billion CVS-Aetna merger with conditions. CVS leadership recently said the deal was on track to close by Thanksgiving.
The Healthy State Alliance identified 10 objectives to improve care in Ohio, with opioids, transplant services and cancer care topping the list.
The CMS has drafted a request for information on what barriers HIPAA regulations are posing for care coordination efforts.