What’s New in Health Care Reform

Top highlights this week include: Medical cargo could be the gateway for routine drone deliveries, increase in overdoses shows opioid epidemic has worsened, Minnesota lawmakers consider bill to raise smoking age, digital health is redefining pharma’s pipeline, and drug co-pays sometimes exceed costs.

By Andy Tofilon • March 14, 2018

Top highlights this week include: “Holy Grail” flu vaccine remains out of reach, Uber launches service to get people to the doctor’s office, rethinking rural health solutions, why drugmakers want your health records, and major medical associations feud over diabetes guidelines.

By Andy Tofilon • March 7, 2018

Top highlights this week include: Major EPA reorganization will end science research program, FDA Advisory Committee to analyze changing flu vaccine for next year, CDC requests funds to build new maximum-security laboratory, what the hospitals of the future will look like, and flu remains widespread in Minnesota.

By Andy Tofilon • February 28, 2018

Top highlights this week include: Amazon as a major hospital supplier, FDA approves first blood test to detect concussions, FDA opens new path for Alzheimer’s treatments, measles rates soared in Europe in 2017, and Minnesota sees big jump in people without health insurance.

By Andy Tofilon • February 21, 2018

Top highlights this week include: Easing menu labeling rules under Obamacare, nearly 11.8M enroll for Obama health law in 2018, breakthrough stroke treatment, historic flu season drives sales across the health care industry, and Fitbit is acquiring health coaching platform Twine Health.

By Andy Tofilon • February 14, 2018

Top highlights this week include: States look at establishing their own health insurance mandates, Republicans give up on Obamacare repeal, U.S. government proposes 1.84 percent hike in 2019 payments to Medicare insurers, call to boost Alzheimer’s funding, and HHS touts regulatory rollbacks under Trump’s first year.

By Andy Tofilon • February 7, 2018

Top highlights this week include: Health system mergers in the U.S. at record high, HHS touts regulatory rollbacks under Trump’s first year, Medicaid work rules face tough legal challenges, new HHS secretary, and CMS’ latest bundled-pay model attracts lots of interest.

By Andy Tofilon • January 31, 2018

Top highlights this week include: More tax cuts in government funding bill, Trump administration extending opioid emergency declaration, deportation fears have legal immigrants avoiding health care, opioid crisis blamed for sharp increase in accidental deaths in U.S., and delay of Obamacare taxes in spending bill will cost about $31 billion.

By Andy Tofilon • January 24, 2018

Top highlights this week include: Number of Americans without health insurance grows in Trump’s first year, court battle brewing over work rules for Medicaid, Trump administration says states may impose work requirements for Medicaid, House GOP considers adding health measures to funding bill, and lawmakers weigh measure to fight high drug prices.

By Andy Tofilon • January 17, 2018

Top highlights this week include: CMS launches new voluntary bundled-payment model; in states that didn’t expand Medicaid, hospital closures have spiked; despite prod by ACA, tax-exempt hospitals slow to expand community benefits; charity care spending flat among top hospitals; and hospitals nationally hit hard by Medicare’s safety penalties.

By Andy Tofilon • January 10, 2018

Top highlights this week include: Tax on medical devices to resume, new drug approvals hit 21-year high in 2017, Minnesota’s ‘one-stop shopping’ health care model, House gears up for 340B oversight push, and pharma under attack for drug price.

By Andy Tofilon • January 3, 2018

Top highlights this week include: Flurry of health care deals reflects shift away from hospitals, U.S. lifts moratorium on funding controversial, high-risk virus research, epidemic of screening burdens nation’s older patients, Senate GOP pushes off Obamacare bills until January, and GOP fails to pressure hospitals on community benefits.

By Andy Tofilon • December 27, 2017

Top highlights this week include: No deal on children’s health plan, Medicare fails to recover hundreds of millions of dollars in lab overcharges, words banned at multiple HHS agencies, FDA officials to target high-risk alternative remedies, and medical mergers in Minnesota are on the rise.

By Andy Tofilon • December 20, 2017