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New rules requiring hospitals and insurers to disclose the actual prices for common tests and procedures before they are performed have been proposed by the Trump Administration.

White House Wants Hospitals, Insurers to Provide Actual Costs of Care

Government officials say the objective is to encourage competition and reduce costs
A bipartisan Senate bill that would curb prescription drug costs is being backed by the Trump administration as a new poll shows that many Americans think the White House has done little to tackle the issue.

Bipartisan Bill to Curb Drug Costs Backed by White House

Senate bill does not give Medicare bargaining power but would cap out-of-pocket payments by beneficiaries
Testing and approval of generic insulin will be conducted by the World Health Organization in an attempt to combat rising prices and shortages of the drug.

WHO to Test, Approve Generic Insulin

Agency says new generic versions could create competition that would drive down prices
Intensive blood pressure control results in an increase in life expectancy

AHA: Intensive BP Control May Increase Life Expectancy

Implementation of treatment according to ACC/AHA 2017 guidelines is cost-effective for high-risk
The considerable financial burden of cirrhosis medical care is associated with lower surveillance for hepatocellular carcinoma

Patients With Cirrhosis Have Considerable Financial Burden

Lack of insurance, financial distress resulting in delayed medical care tied to lower odds of HCC surveillance
Adolescents with emergency department visits for self-harm have increased rates of recurrent self-harm

Risk for Death, Suicide Up in Teens Who Visit ED for Self-Harm

Five-year estimates of health care costs were much higher for teens with self-harm versus controls
Seriously ill Medicare enrollees experience considerable financial distress

Seriously Ill Medicare Beneficiaries Face Financial Hardship

Majority of respondents rely on help from family and friends, at considerable cost
Only half of oncologists who discuss genomic testing with patients report that they often discuss the likely costs of testing and related treatments

Many Oncologists Fail to Discuss Costs of Genomic Testing

About a quarter of oncologists say they rarely, never bring up costs when they discuss genomic testing
For patients with major depressive disorder

Psychotherapy for Depression May Be Cost-Effective Over Time

No clear superiority seen on cost basis for second-generation antidepressants versus cognitive therapy
There is dramatic seasonal variation in rates of admissions for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease exacerbation

CHEST: Admissions, Deaths for COPD Vary by Season

Longer length of stay, higher hospital charges seen in January, February, March