The James Group Newsletter Vol. 5, Num. 8: Hosp Contrib to High HC Prices, Lifetime limits on Medicaid, $15b Spending Cuts, Drug Plans Drop, MD Insurers Seek Prem Hikes 2019, Walmart Opioid Restrictions, E.Coli, Expand Veteran HC, CVS/Aetna Deal, Price: ObamaCare Indiv Mandate
May 8, 2018
Volume 5, Number 8
In This Issue
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Modern Healthcare (4/13, Bannow, Subscription Publication) reported that the Health Care Price Index increased “by 2.2% last month year-over-year. Hospitals represent more than 30% of total health spending, and that sector’s price growth of 3.7% last month was barely changed from February, a month that marked a more than eight-year high.” The author of the analysis said it remains unclear “exactly what’s behind the growing rate of hospital prices, but it could be hospitals driving harder negotiations during a period where things generally seem to be going well.”
Source: Modern Healthcare
Kaiser Health News: Federal Officials Say No-Go To Lifetime Limits On Medicaid
The Associated Press: Trump Proposing Billions In Spending Cuts To Congress
Source: The Associated Press
Bloomberg: Drug Plans Drop After Trump Official Targets PBMs Ahead Of Speech
The Washington Post: CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield And Other Maryland Insurers Seek 30 Percent Premium Hikes For 2019
Source: The Washington Post
The Hill: Walmart To Restrict Opioid Prescriptions At Its Pharmacies
Source: The Hill
The New York Times: Romaine Riddle: Why The E. Coli Outbreak Eludes Food Investigators
Source: The NY Times
The Washington Post: ‘I Will Sign Immediately,’ Trump Promises On Proposal To Expand Private Health Care For Veterans
Bloomberg: CVS ‘Moving Forward’ With Aetna Deal, Profit Tops Estimates
The Hill: Price Walks Back Warning On ObamaCare Individual Mandate
Source: The Hill
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