Our Healthcare Hot Topics of the Week

Life is hectic, we know, so here’s a recap of the Healthcare Weekly Hot Topics you can’t afford to miss:

  1. Senators Develop Package to Reduce Healthcare Costs. TheHill, June 19, 2019.

The goal of the bipartisan package is to prevent patients from receiving surprise medical bills when they receive care from a provider that is out-of-network, encourage cheaper generic drugs, and address anti-competitive clauses in hospital contracts with insurers.

2) Trump Discusses New Healthcare Plan. TheWashingtonPost, June 19, 2019.

Trump and his administration are working on a new healthcare plan for his reelection campaign. However, he did not make any promises that he would repeal the Affordable Care Act.

3) Sanofi and Google Team Up to Change Delivery of Healthcare in the Future. Reuters, June 18, 2019.

Sanofi will contribute its scientific data and innovations with Google’s technology to provide patients with more control over their care and discover new treatments.

4) Amazon to Sell Prescription Drugs? StatNews, June 19, 2019.

Amazon is trying to contract directly with health plans and employers to sell prescription drugs through its subsidiary. This has the potential to cut out pharmacy benefit managers and change the sale of medicine in the U.S.

5) Texas Joins States Trying to Prevent Surprise Medical Bills to Patients. NPR, June 18, 2019.

Texas Governor signed a law protecting patients from getting a large bill when their insurance company and provider are feuding about payment.

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