Tag Archives: Medicare

UnitedHealthcare 2nd quarter sparkles; but time to figure out how Centene, Molina exploit Medicaid?

The News: UnitedHealth Group Inc.’s (Minnetonka MN) second-quarter earnings jumped 11% to beat analysts’ expectations even though the nation’s largest health insurer took a bigger hit than expected from coverage… Read more »

GOP Senate health bill finally unveiled; Republicans now can say at least they tried to scrap Obamacare.

A lot of Americans, including all but literally a handful of our elected representatives, have been sitting on pins and needles, waiting for the Senate to divulge its version of… Read more »

Trump’s Exec Order on drug pricing proves he’s like the leopard; he can’t change his spots

A draft of President Donald Trump’s executive order on drug prices lists several proposals to lessen regulatory hurdles for the pharmaceutical industry, reports The New York Times. Here are four things… Read more »

Although more expensive, study says teaching hospitals save more lives. My personal take.

Perhaps not evident to many patients, there are two kinds of hospitals–teaching and nonteaching–and an intense debate about which is better. Teaching hospitals, affiliated with medical schools, are the training grounds… Read more »

Trump offloading drug price battle to new FDA chief; Dr. Gottlieb’s ideas make a lot of sense

The News: New FDA Commissioner Dr. Scott Gottlieb comes into office immediately confronted by a host of tough challenges: from budget concerns, drug prices, staffing issues and a nationwide opioid… Read more »

UnitedHealth crushes 1Q estimates post Obamacare dump; first to jettison social conscience now taking leadership role

The News: UnitedHealth Group Inc. (Minnetonka MN) posted stronger-than-expected earnings Tuesday (April 18, 2017) in the first quarter without the vast majority of its Affordable Care Act-compatible individual health-insurance business. The… Read more »

Trump tweet on drug prices sinks pharma shares; what’s next, doctors’ wages? Not.

Steve’s Take: President Trump’s morning ritual continues to enthrall millions, but occasionally causes Wall Street analysts covering the pharma industry to reach for their bottle of Maalox. After House Republicans… Read more »

Trump backs negotiating drug prices under Medicare; unless he doesn’t

The News: President Donald Trump supports Medicare drug price negotiations, his spokesman said last week, remarks that sent pharmaceutical stocks swinging again as investors tried to assess whether drugmakers will… Read more »

Express Scripts says prescription drug spending slowed in 2016; but compared to what, a speeding train?

The News: According to a recent report released by Express Scripts Holding Co. (St. Louis MO), the average list price of the most commonly used branded drugs in the US… Read more »

Trump and pharma execs make nice; what, Sen. Sanders too?

The News: Last week (January 30, 2017), President Trump promised some of the nation’s top drug-company executives in a meeting at the White House that he would shrink Food and… Read more »