Tag Archives: Medicare

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 »

UnitedHealth registers strong 2016 finish; foresaw Trumpcare downside, potential, early on






With conjecture churning about how Republicans might replace the federal health law, the CEO of UnitedHealth Group Inc. (Minnetonka MN) offered no specifics Tuesday (January 17, 2017) but said he… Read more »

Female doctors edge males with better patient outcomes; simmer down gentleman, and perhaps learn, then do something






New research estimates that if all physicians were female, 32,000 fewer Americans would die every year (among Medicare patients alone). But salaries for female physicians average some $20,000–eight percent–lower than male… Read more »

Health insurer lobby group seeks delay in 2018 Obamacare deadline; GOP must reckon with AHIP’s foresight, however self-serving






U.S. health insurers signaled Tuesday (December 6, 2016) that they’re willing to give up a cornerstone provision of Obamacare that requires all Americans to have insurance, replacing it with a… Read more »