Who reviews those preauthorization requests: Medpage Today

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Who reviews those preauthorization requests: Medpage Today

“Several months ago, I was invited to give a presentation about heart failure to a group of physicians who meet every month for a lunch meeting,” Milton Packer writes over at MedPage Today. “Don’t worry. No company sponsored the talk, and I did not receive any payment. I accepted the invitation, because it seemed like […]

The sky-high pay of health care CEOs: Axios

The sky-high pay of health care CEOs: Axios

“The CEOs of 70 of the largest U.S. health care companies cumulatively have earned $9.8 billion in the seven years since the Affordable Care Act was passed, and their earnings have grown faster than most Americans’ during that time, according to an Axios analysis of federal financial documents,” Bob Herman writes over at Axios, in […]

Health Giant Sutter Destroys Evidence In Crucial Antitrust Case Over High Prices | Kaiser Health News

Health Giant Sutter Destroys Evidence In Crucial Antitrust Case Over High Prices | Kaiser Health News

“Sutter Health intentionally destroyed 192 boxes of documents that employers and labor unions were seeking in a lawsuit that accuses the giant Northern California health system of abusing its market power and charging inflated prices, according to a state judge,” Chad Terhune writes over at Kaiser Health News. “In a ruling this week, San Francisco […]

The only health insurance enrollment guide you’ll need

The only health insurance enrollment guide you’ll need

This post originally appeared on Forbes, where I am a contributor. It’s open enrollment season for health insurance. And this year there’s much more confusion than in past years, given the events in Washington. Don’t worry: I’ll break it all down for you in this, the only guide to buying health insurance you’ll need this year, […]

Why prescription prices stay high: Pharma recycles old medications

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Why prescription prices stay high: Pharma recycles old medications

Oatent extensions let drug makers keep prices high and prevent competition, as described in a recent study from the University of California at Hastings College of the Law tracks. “Rather than creating new medicines, pharmaceutical companies are recycling and repurposing old ones,” write the authors, Robin Feldman and Connie Wang. “Every year, at least 74% […]

Save Money On Prescriptions: 8 Easy Hacks

Save Money On Prescriptions: 8 Easy Hacks

This post originally appeared on Forbes, where I am a contributor.  If you’re like a lot of Americans, your prescription prices keep going up and up. What to do? Here are eight easy hacks for saving money on meds. Before the hacks though, one important point: If your insurance company won’t pay for something that is recommended by […]

Buying health insurance: An invaluable resource from Charles Gaba at acasignups.net

Buying health insurance: An invaluable resource from Charles Gaba at acasignups.net

An excellent source for how to think about buying health insurance if you’re not employer- or government-covered is this one, from Charles Gaba, a Web developer who has meticulously kept track of the Affordable Care Act for several years now. The effects of the events in Washington on different people with different income levels and […]

The average American spends around $1,000 a year on health care. And then there are the platinum patients. The Atlantic

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The average American spends around $1,000 a year on health care. And then there are the platinum patients. The Atlantic

“Each year, 1 in every 20 Americans racks up just as much in medical bills as another 19 combined,” Andrew McGill writes in The Atlantic, in a piece that documents health spending patterns among Americans. “This critical 5 percent of the U.S. population is key to solving the nation’s health care spending crisis. If you’re […]

Because patient advocacy groups aren’t always what they seem: A quick guide to nonprofit sleuthing from HealthNewsReview.org

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Because patient advocacy groups aren’t always what they seem: A quick guide to nonprofit sleuthing from HealthNewsReview.org

“Journalists shouldn’t take organizations they report on at face value,” Mary Chris Jaklevic writes over at Health News Review, the watchdog organization. “Rather, they should ask who calls the shots and who provides the funding. And they should report findings that call into question a group’s credibility. But as HealthNewsReview.org has repeatedly found, that essential […]