Health Costs

    • First Edition: September 30, 2014

      Today's early morning highlights from the major news organizations, including preview stories regarding the launch of the Open Payments database -- a federal government website which will provide information on drug company payments to tens of thousands of physicians.

      (Daily Report) 7:12AM ET

    • Many Rural Hospitals Are Excluded From Government's Push For Better Quality

      A quarter of the nation's hospitals are exempt from penalties, quality bonuses and other payment reforms.

      (Story) 5:09AM ET

    • Health Plan Narrow Networks To Continue In 2015

      The Los Angeles Times reports that, for Californians, the state's largest insurers are likely to stick with, or even reduce, the size of their doctor networks for the upcoming plan season. Additionally, no comprehensive directory is available to help consumers match their physicians with their health plans. Meanwhile, The Washington Post also explores how the issue is playing out in the context of a ballot initiative.

      (Daily Report) Sep 29

    • CVS To Pay $6M To Settle Medicaid Reimbursement Case

      Caremark LLC, a unit of CVS, will make the payments to settle allegations that it knowingly failed to reimburse Medicaid for prescription drug costs paid on behalf of patients who were also covered by private plans it administered. The company denied wrongdoing.

      (Daily Report) Sep 29

    • Drugmakers Boost Generic Drug Prices

      A big increase in generic drug prices is forcing some patients to go without, reports CBS Boston. Meanwhile, U.S.News & World Report teases out some of the reasons for the slowdown in health care costs.

      (Daily Report) Sep 29

    • State Highlights: Calif. Health Insurers And Contraception Coverage; Alaska Sues Xerox Over Medicaid Payment Systems

      A selection of health policy stories from California, Alaska, North Carolina, Texas and Massachusetts.

      (Daily Report) Sep 29

    • Viewpoints: Hospitals Helped By Medicaid Expansion; Why GOP Candidates Back OTC Contraceptives

      A selection of opinions and editorials from around the country.

      (Daily Report) Sep 29

    • First Edition: September 29, 2014

      Today's early morning highlights from the major news organizations, including reports about the health law's continuing implementation and issues such as narrow networks.

      (Daily Report) Sep 29

    • Underinsured Enrollees Flood Community Health Centers

      Some low-income consumers who bought bronze plans with low premiums but high deductibles are discovering they still can't afford health care and are turning to the community health centers, which cannot turn anyone away. Meanwhile, a study finds insurance costs for small businesses are lower through the SHOP exchanges, and South Dakota lifts a $2M cap on employees' lifetime health costs.

      (Daily Report) Sep 26

    • Four More Hospital Systems Quit ACO Program

      Three years after the Centers For Medicare & Medicaid Services selected 32 groups to participate in the Pioneer Accountable Care Organization Model program, they are down to 19 players. Officials say that navigating the program's rules has proved challenging.

      (Daily Report) Sep 26