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Low consumer health fluency could lead to billions in tax savings on table during open enrollment

Part of the issue is that consumers are often undisciplined about saving in general, and lack the necessary vocabulary for financial communication.

CMS: Innovative new payment models are coming — and some will be mandatory

CMS has made it clear that it wants health systems to share the risk of cost and outcomes.

Hospital supply chain directors brace for impact from Trump tariff threats

Affected supplies include consumables, pacemakers, computers and MRI machines.

HHS doles out more than $1 billion in grants to various HHS orgs to fight opioid epidemic

Largest sum went to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration to focus on increasing access to medication-assisted treatment.

For-profit hospitals correlated with higher readmission rates, study finds

CMS levies reimbursement penalties against hospitals that underperform on 30-day readmission rates, leaving for-profit hospitals at a disadvantage.

DOJ wants Aetna, CVS Health to divest Part D plans before merger approval

The antitrust concern over the Medicare prescription drug plans is holding up approval of the $69 billion deal.

Pharmacy benefit managers operate with lack of transparency, expert finds

Pharmacy benefit manager talking to pharmacist.
PBMs have been dogged by controversy for years, and yet they’ve become a fixture — which David Henka sees as a real problem.

Senate passes $8 billion opioid bill to stop the flow of illegal drugs and for treatment efforts

It has funds for behavioral and mental health providers, for potential EHR incentives and for hospitals to better care for infants with neonatal abstinence syndrome.

Healthcare spending in the U.S. sends damaging ripple effect across other major sectors, households, Moody’s report says

Households and businesses made up nearly half of the spending, meaning consumers are unable to spend in other sectors and businesses are crunched for resources.

Innovation case study: UC Davis Physician Efficiency Program yield big gains for EHR satisfaction, quality of life

Participants have seen a 24 percent increase in efficiency, and a reduction of "pajama time" by a median of 25 hours per physician.

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