Study finds no systematic quantifiable relationship between price and concentration

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A new study out today conflicts head on with an April 2015 study by a leading health care expert and antitrust economist that found “concentration or structure alone is not a meaningful or reliable predictor of price changes.”  Both studies relied on commercial data, but the latter had authors who were... read more

Topic: Access and Coverage
Tag: price

Protect Patients. Preserve 340B.

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More than 20 years ago, Congress created the 340B Drug Pricing Program to allow eligible hospitals and health systems to stretch limited resources and expand access to care for vulnerable patients. But despite a proven track record of increasing patient access to vital medical services and decreasing... read more

Topic: Access and Coverage
Tags: 340B, Drug Pricing Program, access, price, drug prices

Altarum: Health care price growth at historic low

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Health care prices grew 1% year-over-year in September, matching the multi-decade low hit in August 2013, according to the latest Economic Indicators from Altarum Institute's Center for Sustainable Health Spending. The 12-month moving average dropped to 1.2% growth, tying the all-time low for Altarum’s... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: price, workforce

Hospital prices fall 0.2% in September

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Overall hospital prices declined 0.2% in September and were only 0.7% higher than a year ago (which represents a historical low since 1998), according to data released today by the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Prices for the subgroup of general medical and surgical hospitals declined 0.2% in September, and... read more

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Tag: price

Altarum: Health sector spending moderates, jobs reach new high

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Health care spending continued to moderate in August at 5.6% growth year-over-year, according to the latest Economic Indicators from Altarum Institute's Center for Sustainable Health Spending. Prescription drug prices rose 4.7%, continuing to far outpace any other health care category. Prices for... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: physicians, price, workforce

Altarum: Health sector spending moderates; jobs surge in 2015, led by hospital hiring

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Health care spending growth continued to moderate in July, falling to 5.6% year-over-year, according to the latest Economic Indicators from Altarum Institute's Center for Sustainable Health Spending. Prescription drug prices rose 4.4%, continuing to far outpace any other health care category. Prices for... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: price, workforce

Poll: Most Americans say prescription drug costs 'unreasonable'

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Seven in 10 U.S. adults view the cost of prescription drugs as “unreasonable,” according to the latest Kaiser Health Tracking Poll. Asked about potential solutions, at least seven in 10 adults supported requiring drug companies to publicize how they set prices, allowing the government to negotiate lower... read more

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Tag: price

Mega Insurance Deals Not Good for Consumers

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The recently announced mega deals in the insurance industry will lead to further consolidation of an already highly concentrated health insurance market and will not benefit consumers says an opinion piece in Law360. The column, authored by former policy director of the Bureau of Competition at the... read more

Topics: Access and Coverage, Community Health
Tags: acquisitions, mergers, Coverage, access, price, clinical integration, care coordination, antitrust

Hospital prices rise 0.2% in July

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Overall hospital prices increased 0.2% in July and were 0.9% higher than a year ago, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reported today. Prices for the subgroup of general medical and surgical hospitals increased 0.2%, and were 0.7% higher than in July 2014, according to the BLS Producer Price Indices, which... read more

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Tag: price

Drugs continue to lead health care price growth

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Prescription drug prices were 4.8% higher in June than a year ago, by far the highest growth rate for any health care category, according to the latest Economic Indicators from Altarum Institute's Center for Sustainable Health Spending. Prices for physician and clinical services were 1.2% lower than a... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: physicians, price, workforce

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