HHS has asked the White House Office of Management and Budget to once again delay the effective date of a yet-to-be-released final rule that would penalize drugmakers that deliberately overcharge providers for drugs purchased under Medicare's 340B drug discount program.
Two new papers suggest that fewer personal bankruptcies are caused by hospitalizations than is commonly believed—and that the larger financial effects of a hospitalization may be tied to changes in employment status and income that occur in the months or years after a hospital stay.
Authors of a recent study on sudden unexpected infant deaths (SUIDS) say a recent push for so-called "skin-to-skin care" could explain why the United States has made no progress on reducing SUIDs among infants in their first 28 days of life—but some providers are pushing back.
On Thursday evening, the Wall Street Journal reported that retail giant Walmart is in early talks to buy insurer Humana—a potentially giant deal even by the standards of the recent wave of proposed health care mega-mergers. Here's what Advisory Board experts think it could mean.