Tag Archives: Medicare

Warren Buffett’s bluster about new healthcare venture bound to backfire. Then what?

The News: Warren Buffett says his joint venture with Jeff Bezos and Jamie Dimon is going for something bigger than shaving a few percentage points off healthcare costs. The big… Read more »

Join a clinical trial? The success rate of such trials is higher than you thought, but still awfully low overall; especially for Alzheimer’s.

The News: Instead of less than 10% of drugs reaching the market, a new study has found that almost 15% of new compounds pass clinical trial–which still suggests that it’s… Read more »

Novartis gets FDA nod for breakthrough leukemia treatment Kymriah; with a cost of $450,000, who’s going to get it?

The News: Novartis AG (Basel CHE) has obtained approval from the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for its Kymriah (tisagenlecleucel or CTL019) to treat children and young adults with… Read more »

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 »