Affordable Care Act
What We're Reading: Medical Device Approval; Medical Laboratories Sue Government; ACA Sign-Up Deadline
December 12, 2017
FDA is considering a faster approval process for medical devices; the American Clinical Laboratory Association is suing the federal government over a new reimbursement system; there are 2 Obamacare special enrollment periods that a greater-than-usual number of people could be eligible for.
December 11, 2017
Health officials are warning of an unusually harsh flu season; Ascension and Providence St. Joseph Health are in talks about a possible merger; and heavy traffic is expected as the final week of ACA sign-ups begins.
December 08, 2017
Coverage of our peer-reviewed research and news reporting in the healthcare and mainstream press.
December 08, 2017
How counties, cities, and schools are saving money by importing drugs for employees; insurers are finally turning a profit on their Obamacare plans; new report projects the number of Americans with Alzheimer's disease will more than double by 2060.
December 07, 2017
House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wisconsin, is eyeing spending cuts to Medicare and Medicaid; Louisiana's Medicaid program reported lower-than-expected spending and a potential surplus; ACA enrollment continues to climb, but expected to fall short of 2017 due to shorter enrollment period.
National Health Spending Growth Slows in 2016 in Wake of Coverage Expansions, Decline in Drug Spending
December 06, 2017
The rate of healthcare spending in the United States slowed down last year to levels previously seen between 2008-2015, driven by much slower growth in spending for retail prescription drugs, as well as hospital care and physician and clinical services. Private payers, Medicaid, and Medicare also saw lower rates of spending growth.
December 05, 2017
Senator Susan Collins, R-Maine, makes her tax bill vote contingent on more Obamacare funding; some states are setting up programs to recycle leftover drugs; and pregnant women deal with medication uncertainty.
December 04, 2017
Researchers at Duke University found there is substantial room for improvement in providing consumers with ready access to healthcare prices online.