The Senate yesterday gave the House health care bill the sort of reception that a crazy uncle gets when he accepts an invitation to the wedding sent via word of mouth. Dag, it showed up. Senators are not doing handstands.

The House of Representatives has approved a bill to repeal major parts of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) and replace it with a Republican health care plan, setting up a tough fight in the Senate, according to a Reuters report.

The public outrage over high-priced hepatitis C drugs is taking a new twist as Louisiana’s top health official proposes using an obscure federal law to obtain the medications at a much lower cost, according to a report from Kaiser Health News (KHN). If the move is successful, other states could reap the benefits.

Spending on prescription medications in the United States will increase by 4% to 7% through 2021, reaching $580 billion to $610 billion, according to a report released by QuintilesIMS Holding. The data were summarized in a Reuters report.

Even a relatively mild Zika outbreak in the United States could result in more than $183 million in medical costs and productivity losses, while a more-severe outbreak could cost $1.2 billion, according to a computational analysis led by researchers at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.

When academic medical centers (AMCs) put pharmaceutical sales representatives on a shorter leash, their doctors tended to order fewer promoted brand-name drugs and used more generic versions instead, according to a study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association.

The ACA mandated coverage in 10 essential categories, meaning that insurers selling on the exchanges cannot put any lifetime limits on coverage in those categories.

And then there was none? Iowa is close to being the first state unable to offer an ACA plan if Medica follows through on recent pronouncements that it might quit the exchange next year. Aetna and Wellmark Blue Cross and Blue Shield have already said that they weren’t coming back.

There’s no definitive way for physicians to determine which prostate cancer cells will become aggressive, and which are the ones a man can live with without having to undergo costly and often life-altering treatment.

New federal waivers allowed Virginia’s state officials to sidestep antiquated Medicaid rules and provide many more treatment options for people with substance abuse problems, STAT reports. In doing so, the state also made it easier for health plans to serve more people.  

Republicans’ path to fulfilling their seven-year effort to undo the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) is getting narrower by the day, according to a report from Kaiser Health News (KHN).

Republicans’ efforts to scrap the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) have met fierce resistance about how they would affect people with pre-existing medical conditions, casting the proposal’s future into uncertainty, according to an article in the Washington Post.

The Hospital Readmissions Reduction Program (HRRP) initiated by the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act levies financial penalties against hospitals with excess 30-day Medicare readmissions.

Abivax, a biotechnology company based in Paris, France, has announced that its lead therapeutic candidate, ABX464, is the first treatment to reduce human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) reservoirs in chronically infected patients, as measured by total HIV DNA detected in peripheral blood mononuclear cells (PBMCs).

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