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Mammograms find many slow-growing cancers that aren’t life-threatening and shouldn’t be treated, a Danish study said.
In other pharmaceutical news, a GAO report finds regulation of drug compounding in small settings is weak.
Medi-Cal’s controversial program to go after your assets when you die will be significantly curtailed, but some enrollees could be hit by new claims.
State lawmakers in Georgia, Minnesota, Florida, Texas and Massachusetts consider health care measures.
Democrats fail in their attempt to offer an amendment to the budget resolution that would have prevented the chamber from taking up legislation to raise health insurance premiums or out-of-pocket costs. But what has become clear is that some of Congress’s most stalwart conservatives are signalling their readiness to support a budget that would add more than $1 trillion to the deficit by the end of the decade. Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., is not among them and is pressing members of the House Freedom Caucus to join him in the opposition.
In other marketplace news, closing arguments in the Anthem-Cigna merger antitrust trial are delivered, new filing alleges that Alexion managers encouraged improper sales practices by employees and Abbott Labs acquires medical device company St. Jude Medical.
Federal spending for Medicare Part D catastrophic coverage — which pays 80 percent of all drug costs once a Medicare beneficiary hits a spending threshold each month — spiked to $33 billion in 2015, a government report shows.
Premiums on 2017 plans are rising by comparable amounts both in counties where multiple insurers still compete and in those where only one insurer remains after several companies stopped selling individual plans under the health law, according to Avalere, a consulting firm.
News outlets report on stories related to pharmaceutical drug pricing.
In other regulatory news, revised federal rules guarantee people in nursing homes more flexibility on food and roommate choices, as well as improved procedures for grievances and discharges.
The incoming HHS secretary wants to boldly reform the malpractice system, saying hundreds of billions are wasted on “lawsuit abuse” and defensive medicine. Industry experts say premiums and claims are down and “it’s a wonderful time for doctors.”
A study found that Medicare’s bundled payments model for joint replacement could save the government billions of dollars without harming patient care.
Elsewhere, fewer drugs were approved this year, critics worry the 21st Century Cures Act could make patients more vulnerable and insurers change how they pay for insulin after higher prices.
The Medicare program announced it would withhold part of its reimbursements to 769 hospitals and news outlets from various states detail how their facilities fared.
Even as congressional Republicans set to work on making good on their promise to repeal and replace the health law, the past eight years of Obamacare have meant that it has touched much of the nation’s health system and the efforts to undo it will raise a variety of issues, including those about the insurance marketplace.
Por los altos precios de los medicamentos, millones de personas, en general respetuosas de la ley, han reaccionado cometiendo un acto ilegal: comprándolos fuera de los Estados Unidos.
The House Democratic leader wants lawmakers to “continue the drumbeat” back in their districts about how much the health law benefits their constituents. Meanwhile, Donald Trump doesn’t need Congress to be able to end the subsidies paid to insurers under the health law — and it could throw the market into chaos if he chooses to take that route.
The federal government pays for kidney transplants. But the program only pays for essential anti-rejection drugs for three years. Many people can’t afford them and can end up losing the kidney.
The report from the Senate Aging Committee presents four case studies and identifies what are described as five “essential elements” of the business models used by drugmakers to exploit the market for their medicines: price gouging, a sole-source supply, the “gold standard,” a small market and a closed distribution system.
The Democratic Governors Association wrote a letter to House Speaker Paul Ryan and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell saying the plan to repeal the health law would mean financial disaster for states. Meanwhile, some Republicans in the House are considering keeping some of the legislation’s taxes in place.