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Producer Price Index: Health Insurance Jumps as Deflation Returns

Deflation returned to the Producer Price Index (PPI) last month. The main exception -- again -- was pharmaceutical preparations, for which prices increased 1.2 percent...

Donald Trump on Drugs

Donald Trump asserts Medicare does not "bid out" prescription drug. As with all thing related to "Trumpcare," this statement requires some effort to decipher...

Health Services Revenue Grew 5.5 Percent in 2015

Health services businesses showed healthy revenue growth last year...

Retail Clinics Raise Medical Spending?

A new study in Health Affairs found that retail clinics raise rather than lower medical spending for insurers...

Trump's Health Proposal is Still an Enigma; Needs to Work

Presidential candidate Donald Trump recently released his health policy proposal, which includes many Republican ideas...

Health Jobs Still Growing Faster Than Other Jobs

Friday's jobs report was greeted as good news, with nonfarm payroll increasing by 242,000 jobs in February. Health services jobs accounted for 38,000 (16 percent) of the growth...

Bipartisan Agreement to Destroy Medicare As We Know It, But Not Quickly Enough

The Administration recently announced it has exceeded its goal of tying 30 percent of Medicare payments to "quality." Yet, savings are trivial, perhaps non-existent...

Ten Percent of Cancer Drug Spending is Wasted

A study published in the BMJ concludes that $1.8 billion of the $18 billion spent on the 20 most expensive cancer drugs in the U.S. is wasted due to over-sized vials...

Is Telehealth Another Health Care Silo?

Is telehealth breaking down the health care silos? Probably not...

Massive Fraud Likely in Obamacare Exchange Subsidies

Eleven of twelve "secret shoppers" who applied for subsidized Obamacare exchange coverage, despite being ineligible, were enrolled with subsidies...


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