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For-profit healthcare faces multiple threats in 2018

For-profit healthcare faces multiple threats in 2018

By Tara Bannow  |  November 30, 2017

Analysts say the for-profit health care sector should remain financially stable in 2018 so long as companies weather looming threats of disruption, regulatory changes and a shift toward outpaitentsurgeries.

Policy reforms needed to lower drug prices

Policy reforms needed to lower drug prices

By Alex Kacik  |  November 30, 2017

Access to affordable medicine is an unmet public health imperative, according to a new report that recommended government drug price negotiation, competition reform and financial transparency to alleviate the issue.

New platform lets patients sell their health data

New platform lets patients sell their health data

By Rachel Z. Arndt  |  November 30, 2017

Through the Health Wizz app, patients can aggregate their data and receive cryptocurrency in exchange for handing it over to pharmaceutical companies and others.

Apple and Stanford launch Apple Watch heart study

Apple and Stanford launch Apple Watch heart study

By Rachel Z. Arndt  |  November 30, 2017

Apple and Stanford Medicine are launching a research study that uses the Apple Watch to identify irregular heart rhythms. The tech giant is reportedly working on EHRs and other healthcare technologies as well.

53% of docs still not transitioning to value-based care

53% of docs still not transitioning to value-based care

By Virgil Dickson  |  November 29, 2017

Most doctors surveyed for a joint AAFP and Humana report said they are not actively pursuing value-based purchasing opportunities because they aren't sure they actually improve patient care.

Azar proposes competition to combat high drug prices

Azar proposes competition to combat high drug prices

By Susannah Luthi  |  November 29, 2017

In his initial confirmation testimony, former pharma executive and HHS secretary nominee Alex Azar said he would stop drug manufacturers from gaming the system and blocking generic competitors from the market.

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