Tag Archives: Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services

Report says US hospitals still marking up drug prices by 500%. This must stop, and China’s got the right answer.

The News: Hospitals markup medicine prices, on average, nearly 500%, according to a new analysis from the Moran Company that was commissioned by the Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America (PhRMA). The… Read more »

Gilead makes breakout M&A move; buys CAR-T wunderkind Kite Pharma for $12 billion.

The News: Gilead Sciences Inc. (Foster City CA) announced it would buy cancer-immune therapy company Kite Pharma Inc. (Santa Monica CA) for about $11.9 billion to bolster its hugely successful but… Read more »

East Coast reigns supreme in Best Hospitals rankings; what purpose does it really serve?

The News: For the second consecutive year, the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN, claimed the number one spot in the annual honor roll of best hospitals published by US News and… Read more »

GOP’s latest health bill looking more like a white flag on Obamacare repeal promise; McCain’s return won’t save McConnell’s maneuvers.

The News: Shortly after Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell unveiled a revised bill last Thursday to overhaul the US healthcare system, lawmakers undecided about the proposed changes to Medicaid gathered together… Read more »

Update: CDC data say docs still making billions from Pharma, med device companies; my personal take.

The News: It’s been a few years since the US government unveiled its Open Payments (OP) database, a collection of drug and device makers’ payments to healthcare providers. The data-collection… Read more »