Tag: Health Care

Humana, Aetna Merger Will Get Florida Review

The Florida Attorney General’s Office will review the proposed merger of health care giants Aetna and Humana, two of the top four players in the state. “As with any merger that has the potential to affect competition within our state, we will be reviewing the proposed merger,” said Attorney General

States Starting to Tackle High Drug Costs

The battle over drug prices is playing out in states across the country, with at least four states capping consumers’ out-of-pocket costs and others considering transparency requirements to force drug companies to explain their high prices. The efforts come as the cost of prescription medicines continues to climb, especially among

Author of ‘Unaccountable’ Kicks Off Healthcare Commission’s ‘Transparency Tour’

AUTHOR OF ‘UNACCOUNTABLE’ KICKS OFF HEALTHCARE COMMISSION’S TRAVELING ‘TRANSPARENCY TOUR’ via Christine Sexton of Florida Politics The “Spotlight Transparency Tour” starts in Tampa on Wednesday June 17 with at least two local hospital executives and Marty Makary, medical doctor and author of “Unaccountable: What Hospitals Won’t Tell You and How Transparency Can Revolutionize Health Care,” slated

Most Americans Say Drug Costs Are ‘Unreasonable’

Nearly three in four Americans say the costs of prescription drugs are “unreasonable,” with most putting the blame on drug makers, according to a poll releases Tuesday. The survey by the Kaiser Family Foundation found 74 percent of those taking prescription drugs find the costs unreasonable, as do 72 percent

The Virtual Doctor Will See You Now

Walgreens, the nation’s largest retail pharmacy chain, has announced plans to provide virtual medical exams to patients in 25 states by the end of the year. The news is part of a larger trend of giving patients less expensive alternatives to a doctor’s office visit.Patients will be able to use

Video Is About to Become the Way We All Visit the Doctor

The country’s largest health insurer is putting telemedicine on par with a regular trip to the doctor’s office, effectively saying a video visit is as good as brick-and-mortar medicine. UnitedHealthcare is announcing a partnership with three telemedicine companies to cover video-based doctor visits just as it covers in-person visits. The tech set has

Florida House Health Care Bills DOA in Senate?

Tallahassee, FL- Questions about the House’s health care bills got a lukewarm response Wednesday morning from Senate President Andy Gardiner. The Senate held a brief floor session but did not conduct any significant business as a state budget for 2015-16 continues to be worked out. Asked whether the Senate would