Congress Has a Deal to End the Most Obnoxious Practice in American Medicine. Will Mitch McConnell Kill It?

On Friday evening, Democrats and Republicans in Congress unexpectedly announced they had reached a deal on legislation aimed at stopping surprise medical bills, one of the most widely loathed and predatory features of the American health care system. The breakthrough came after nearly two years of wrangling on Capitol Hill, amid an enormous lobbying battle that pitted insurers and…

The dawn of digital medicine: The pandemic is ushering in the next trillion-dollar industry

When it comes to digitisation, health care has lagged significantly behind most other industries (banking but travel, retail, car making and even packaged goods). Some 70% of American hospitals still fax and post patient records! By exposing such digital deficiencies, the pandemic is at last spurring change. Confronted with shutdowns and chaos, doctors have embraced…

Health care still loves a divided Congress

Health care stocks skyrocketed after Tuesday’s election results indicated Republicans likely will maintain control of the Senate, all but assuring continued gridlock in both chambers of Congress. A Republican Senate means “the public option and direct government negotiation on drug prices are dead for at least the next two years,” Spencer Perlman, an analyst at…

Growth in Medicaid Enrollment and Spending

Analyzes Medicaid enrollment and spending trends for FY 2020 and FY 2021 based on data provided by state Medicaid directors as part of the 20th annual survey of Medicaid directors in all 50 states and the District of Columbia. Overall, 43 states2 responded to the survey by mid-August 2020, although response rates for specific questions varied.…