Tag: Price Gouging

Maryland health regulator expands hospital price transparency efforts | FierceHealthcare

Maryland health regulator expands hospital price transparency efforts | FierceHealthcare

The Maryland Health Care Commission is expanding its price transparency initiative with tools aimed at getting consumers pushing for information about cost and quality directly from hospitals and doctors. Launched last fall, the MHCC’s “Wear the Cost” initiative provides prices at Maryland hospitals for common nonemergent procedures including hip replacements, knee replacements, hysterectomies and vaginal births to allow residents see the differences […]

Changing The Way Medicare Pays Doctors | Forbes

Changing The Way Medicare Pays Doctors | Forbes

Cutting the reward money But small physician practices and even larger groups with few Medicare patients may opt out of the new payment system.  CMS is also said it wants to experiment with excluding physicians in Medicare Advantage managed care plans from MIPs participation. As a result, reports the online journal Modern Healthcare, the amount […]

Price caps for airlines complicated but minor issue, says CIMB Research | The Star Online

Price caps for airlines complicated but minor issue, says CIMB Research | The Star Online

CIMB Research believes that the price caps are likely to be set quite high, because 1) a low-price cap will hurt Malaysia Airlines (MAS) and Malindo more, as their airfares are typically higher than AirAsia ‘s, and 2) it is not in the interests of Mavcom to drive MAS and Malindo out of business, since […]

Trump’s Drug Plan Picks Up Momentum as Merck Lowers Some Prices | Bloomberg

Trump’s Drug Plan Picks Up Momentum as Merck Lowers Some Prices | Bloomberg

The Trump administration moved swiftly in the past 24 hours to implement pieces of its plan to bring down drug prices, preparing several significant steps as one of the biggest U.S. drugmakers said it would bring down the cost of some medicines. The Health and Human Services Department on Wednesday night submitted a proposal to […]

All-Payers Claims Databases May Increase Healthcare Price Transparency | Health Payer Intelligence

All-Payers Claims Databases May Increase Healthcare Price Transparency | Health Payer Intelligence

July 18, 2018 – Leveraging the data of all-payers claims databases (APCDs) could improve healthcare price transparency for consumers, according to testimony presented at a House Energy and Commerce Committee hearing. Jamie S. King, a professor at the USC Hastings College of Law, told the committee that APCDs could address price transparency challenges if stakeholders use […]

Airbnb treads carefully as regulator demands transparency | PitchBook

Airbnb treads carefully as regulator demands transparency | PitchBook

After facing off with the likes of Uber and Google, the European Commission has done it again. The Commission and EU consumer authorities have given Airbnb seven weeks to revise its terms and conditions after announcing they do not comply with current rules. The announcement includes the assertion that the second most valuable startup in […]

Blueprint to Lower Drug Prices could offer a way forward in fight against mushrooming costs | TheHill

Blueprint to Lower Drug Prices could offer a way forward in fight against mushrooming costs | TheHill

At a hearing before the Senate Finance Committee last month, Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio) asked Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar if he agreed “that there are scenarios where pharmaceutical companies increase the list price of their product and price-gouge consumers for no reason other than to increase their profit margin?” Secretary Azar’s response […]

CMS Proposes Drug Pricing, Price Transparency Changes for Medicare | healthpayerintelligence.com

CMS Proposes Drug Pricing, Price Transparency Changes for Medicare | healthpayerintelligence.com

July 13, 2018 – CMS has proposed a series of policy changes for Medicare that would promote prescription drug affordability within Medicare, and has also requested stakeholder comments about ways to improve price transparency for Medicare services. As part of changes to the 2019 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule (PFS), CMS would adopt a new pricing model […]

California shows Trump a thing or two about cutting drug costs | thepharmaletter

California shows Trump a thing or two about cutting drug costs | thepharmaletter

Apparently as a result of the law coming into effect, Switzerland’s Novartis (NOVN: VX) and Roche (ROG: SIX), as well as Gilead Sciences (Nasdaq: GILD) and Novo Nordisk (NOV: N), have either cancelled or reduced planned price increases for over 10 different products. … Lawyers for the industry said the proposal would dictate national healthcare […]

Will price tracking win the travel management war? | Business Travel iQ

Will price tracking win the travel management war? | Business Travel iQ

Business travel management is like the frontline of a battle between two very well-matched adversaries. Although many people like to portray the interaction between travel buyers and suppliers as a friendlier type of encounter, the reality is that both sides are engaged in a long-term war, with both keen to get the best deal financially. […]