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The next bend in the cost curve: Rising prices for proven drugs?

Paul Levy

"The expense of the surgical robot will pale in comparison to the coming tsunami of overpriced drugs."


Financial services shows the way for healthcare (again)

David Williams

Seven hundred million people worldwide have obtained access to financial services for the first time over the past three years, according to a Gates Foundation funded institute.

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The Obama Administration recruited Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson and cornerback Richard Sherman to the game of selling the Affordable Care Act.
 

President Obama acknowledges the technical issues with HealthCare.gov, pledging his Administration will resolve them soon and asserting that the distressed web portal is not the only way to shop for affordable health insurance available through the ACA.

 

Three years after launching a 750-patient Medicare Advantage collaborative care pilot, Portland, Maine-based independent physician practice NovaHealth and insurer Aetna have shown concrete results in improving care quality and reducing costs. Technology and provider-payer cooperation played a large part in the program's success.

Add Tennessee and Kansas to the list of states that have been warned by the Obama administration that failing to expand Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act could jeopardize special funding to pay hospitals and doctors for treating the poor.

It's a network war with Midwest manners, but Nebraska's largest insurer and health system still have miles to go before a resolution. The impasse may be hurting one organization more than the other.

Consumer advocates and an activist insurance commissioner in California are renewing a push for premium review authority, while the state exchange is moving ahead with its own version of active purchasing.

For Humana, the national insurer with the most Medicare Advantage members, retail health clinics are out of the integration strategy, but home care is very much in.

Illinois' largest health insurer is building out its accountable care network, even as some of the health system partners are consolidating.

Despite the government's push to make health information more available, few people use concrete information about doctors or hospitals to obtain better care at lower prices.

In a new oncology program in Florida, Aetna is trying to combine the medical home model with access to advanced care and translational research.

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