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What is driving healthcare spending up by billions? : December 6th, 2021

Stakeholders urge the Administration to move forward with their final rules addressing surprise medical bills; private equity interests drive tech investment in hospitals; a handful of drug price hikes drove up billions in healthcare spending last year; and, a majority of Medicaid managed care plans are now offering health equity benefits.

Last Week in Healthcare Reform: November 15th, 2021

A new analysis finds that hospitals are making a lot of money on outpatient drugs; meanwhile, a separate study shows that better hospital efficiency would lead to billions of dollars in savings for Medicare; beneficiaries enrolled in Medicare Advantage plans have lower COVID hospitalization and mortality rates; and, a reminder to consumers that the annual open enrollment periods for Medicare and on the exchanges are underway.

Last Week in Healthcare Reform: November 8th, 2021

Changing the conversation surrounding “white-bagging”; hospital prices are anecdotally arbitrary; stakeholders come to the defense of the Medicare Advantage program; and, a new study shows Big Pharma spending more on marketing and promotion than R&D.

Last Week in Healthcare Reform: November 1st, 2021

The focus on high drug prices exposes hospitals’ role in driving up these costs; meanwhile, the average price of specialty drugs is found to be increasing faster than inflation; stakeholders support recently proposed final rules targeting surprise medical bills; and, a look at how private equity interests impact consumers’ healthcare costs.

Last Week in Healthcare Reform: October 25th, 2021

The focus on high drug prices exposes hospitals’ role in driving up these costs; meanwhile, the average price of specialty drugs is found to be increasing faster than inflation; stakeholders support recently proposed final rules targeting surprise medical bills; and, a look at how private equity interests impact consumers’ healthcare costs.

Last Week in Healthcare Reform: October 18th, 2021

Medicare Advantage plans expand benefits going into next year; a new poll details the impact of out-of-control prescription drug prices on Americans; the cost of treating COVID patients varies wildly; and, a growing body of research underscores how hospital consolidation affects healthcare prices.

Last Week in Healthcare Reform: October 11th, 2021

Proposed final rules are released targeting surprise medical bills; Medicare Advantage project premiums going down and enrollment going up next year; the cost of air ambulances soar; meanwhile, unnecessary visits to the ER cost billions every year.