In its ruling, the Arizona Supreme Court held that the assessment—contrary to plaintiffs' claim—did not qualify as a "tax," which would have required approval from two-thirds of the state Legislature prior to enactment, in today's bite-sized hospital and health industry news from Arizona, Maryland, and Texas.
Medication noncompliance "is a major problem," but interventions based on behavioral economics have not yet proven they can address the issue, Aaron Carroll, a professor of pediatrics at Indiana University School of Medicine, writes in the New York Times' "The Upshot".
Peter Marks, FDA's director of the center for biologics evaluation and research, says FDA's "goal … is not to flood the market with products" but rather "to get products on [the market] that are safe and effective, and to clear up the field so that people know what they have to do."
Heart failure readmissions declined, but mortality rates increased, after the Hospital Readmissions Reduction Program took effect, according to a new JAMA study—but the research has drawn pushback from authors of a prior study that reached different conclusions.
Consumers have more choices than ever about where to seek care, but experts say a true "retail revolution," in which patients regularly shop around for the best prices, has yet to reach the health care industry. The Daily Briefing spoke with stakeholders to learn about the obstacles holding the industry back.
A standing desk isn't likely to cause you to lose weight—but it might stave off weight gain, and it's still better than sitting, according to a study published in Circulation, Rachel Rettner writes for the Washington Post.
Veterans Affairs (VA) Secretary David Shulkin says he would like to expand the VA health system's use of private health care providers as a way "to give veterans more choice in their care and be the decision maker for their care, which [he] fundamentally believe[s] is a concept that has to be implemented."