Amazon poised to deliver disruption in medical supply industry

The e-commerce giant will shake up the medical supplies industry as it builds out its business-to-business platform, healthcare experts said.  READ MORE

Value-based contracts key to solving U.S. drug pricing ‘crisis’

One health insurer and a pharmaceutical giant agree that value-based drug contracts are an essential solution to reining in skyrocketing drug costs in the U.S.  READ MORE

Senate GOP moderates signal openness to ending Medicaid expansion funding

Moderate Republican senators from Medicaid expansion states are dropping their opposition to ending the Affordable Care Act’s enhanced federal funding for expansion as they embrace the idea of winding down that funding over several years.  READ MORE

AMA delegates vote on measures to combat drug prices

The house of delegaes meeting in Chicago this week is considering lobbying for Medicare to negotiate prices and asking federal regulators to require that drugmakers advertise the suggested retail price of their products.  READ MORE

Hospitals come together to address violence

Healthcare providers across the country are becoming more active in curbing violence in their communities. The American Hospital Association Friday hosted a national day of awareness to call attention to ending all forms of violence.  READ MORE

Behavioral health initiatives score $100M to improve access

Providence St. Joseph Health’s behavioral health foundation on Wednesday unveiled the first three recipients of grants from its $100 million fund to improve mental health treatment access and outcomes.  READ MORE

GOP lawmakers ask Trump to trash short-term health plan limits

A group of Republican senators say nixing the rule will give people more coverage options as insurers leave the Obamacare exchanges.  READ MORE

Fla. high court strikes down medical malpractice damages cap

The Florida Supreme Court ruled that caps on pain-and-suffering damages in medical malpractice lawsuits are unconstitutional.  READ MORE

Minority populations are more vulnerable to low-value care

Black and Hispanic populations in the U.S. are more likely to receive unnecessary and potentially harmful healthcare services compared to whites, according to a new Health Affairs study.  READ MORE

Lee Health CEO Nathan retires

Fort Myers, Fla.-based Lee Health grew from a single, struggling downtown hospital to a dominant regional system under CEO Jim Nathan. He retired last week after nearly 35 years at the helm.  READ MORE

Physician trade group AMGA names O’Connor interim CEO

Ryan O’Connor will guide the physician advocacy group until a permanent replacement can be found for long-time CEO Donald Fisher, who died of cancer in March at age 71.  READ MORE

UVC Disinfection Isn’t the Future— It’s Now

A guide to UV disinfection: Learn about UV technology, its benefits and how Tru-D is validated to help improve patient outcomes while improving your bottom line.  READ MORE

CHI St. Luke’s Health in Houston seeks out and bulks up population health skills

How this Houston-based health system acquired new skills to tackle population health  READ MORE

Bundled Payment Models as a Path to Health Care Transformation

Read the Q&A with Carolyn Magill, CEO of Remedy Partners, on how bundled payments can drive market-based reform.  READ MORE