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Hospitals’ Safety Measure Improvements Prevent 125,000 Deaths, Save $28M

KHN Morning Briefing

A Department of Health and Human Services report finds that those patient safety efforts also prevented 3.1 million hospital-acquired conditions from 2010 to 2015. In other news, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services issues an interim rule that takes aim at providers that steer patients eligible for Medicare or Medicaid into private insurance in order to receive higher reimbursement rates.

Pharma Tries To Get Two Steps Ahead As Trump Turns Attention To Price Gouging

KHN Morning Briefing

The drug industry has been trying to gain control of the story — such as pledging to limit price increases — so that it can protect itself from attacks that might come from the incoming president. Meanwhile, some Republicans champion importing drugs to help cut down on costs and, following the EpiPen controversy, a watchdog agency reviews others in the drug rebate program.

Which Drugs Hit Taxpayers’ Wallets The Hardest?

KHN Morning Briefing

CMS releases the list of drugs that contributed to higher Medicare spending in 2015. Meanwhile, payers predict drug prices will continue to rise between 3 and 6 percent over the next three years.

Pence Says GOP Will Repeal Health Law ‘Lock, Stock And Barrel’

KHN Morning Briefing

In addition, the vice president-elect said Republicans plan to push legislation to move Medicaid funding to block grants for states to give them more flexibility. Also on Capitol Hill, Democrats are gearing up for a fight on GOP plans to overhaul Medicare, a fact checker questions some Democratic lawmakers’ claims about a veterans group, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell seeks funding for a coal miners’ health program and negotiations break down on a child nutrition standards bill.

Ryan’s Plans For Medicare Could Hit Obstacles In Trump White House

KHN Morning Briefing

House Speaker Paul Ryan has been making the case that changes to Medicare are urgent, but President-elect Donald Trump has said repeatedly he wants to protect the program, not overhaul it. Also, a dispute in Minnesota could keep some Medicare beneficiaries from the Fairview Health Services.