American Hospital Association President and CEO Rick Pollack says hospitals' new lawsuit against HHS looks to "ensure that drug companies provide the transparency and accuracy that the government has found lacking and hold price gouging drug companies accountable."
A new report from the National Association of ACOs finds that accountable care organizations (ACOs) participating in the Medicare Shared Savings Program generated $1.84 billion in savings between 2013 and 2015—nearly twice as much as the $954 million CMS data show the ACOs saved.
HCA Healthcare CEO R. Milton Johnson will depart from the role at the end of the year, and COO Sam Hazen will succeed him, in today's bite-sized hospital and health industry news from Georgia, Maryland, and Tennessee.
The practice of placentophagy, or consuming one's placenta after birth, has gained popularity in recent years, with proponents saying it can boost energy, improve lactation, and aid postpartum depression—but Jen Gunter, an OB-GYN, in the New York Times writes that it's a dangerous practice.
Senate and House lawmakers are backing legislation that would ban so-called "pharmacy gag clauses" that can prohibit pharmacists from telling patients when their prescription drugs would cost less if they pay out-of-pocket than if they use their insurance. Advisory Board's Lindsay Conway says this decision has important implications for providers, whose understanding of drug prices can help ensure patients' medication adherence.
When Emirates Airline Flight 203 was quarantined last week at John F. Kennedy International Airport, public health officials sprang into action, executing a system "years in the making" that requires hospitals, transportation officials, and others to coordinate with federal, state, and local officials to detect and stop potentially dangerous illnesses from entering the United States, Helen Branswell writes for STAT News.
The Albert and Mary Lasker Foundation's annual awards—which are one of the world's most prestigious prizes in medicine—recognize the achievements of clinicians, scientists, and public servants who have made significant advances in the understanding, diagnosis, prevention, treatment, or cure of human disease.