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Cigna CEO David Cordani speaking at CNBC’s Healthy Returns conference on March 28.

Health insurer Cigna is zeroing in on targeted communities in an effort to combat the opioid crisis

One of America's largest health insurers, Cigna, is focusing in on specific communities in its new effort to combat the opioid crisis. This is following its plans for a 25% decrease in the amount of total prescriptions implemented earlier this year.
Dr. Atul Gawande

Meet the surgeon, professor, and writer tapped to run the Amazon-JPMorgan-Berkshire Hathaway health venture

Meet Atul Gawande, an impressive doctor with experience in both healthcare and policy who will head the new JPMorgan-Amazon- Berkshire Hathaway joint venture.
Warren Buffett, Jamie Dimon, and Jeff Bezos are among the CEOs thinking of new ways to curb healthcare costs.

Amazon, JPMorgan, and Berkshire Hathaway have picked the CEO to run their joint health venture

The trio have selected the surgeon and professor Dr. Atul Gawande. The venture, announced in January, is aimed at lowering healthcare costs for the companies' employees, though there haven't been many details about what that looks like.

The rise and fall of Theranos, the blood-testing startup that went from a rising star in Silicon Valley to facing fraud charges over a wild 15-year sp...

Theranos, the darling blood-testing startup had racked up a $9 billion valuation, and its CEO Elizabeth Holmes was featured on the cover of business magazines and top-people lists. But then questions started being raised about how the company's technology worked.
Crowds walk through Times Square as a cold weather front hits the region in Manhattan, New York, U.S., December 28, 2017.

There may be one big reason why suicide rates keep climbing in the US, according to mental-health experts

Anthony Bourdain's and Kate Spade's deaths this week are part of a national trend — suicide rates in the US have risen 28% in less than 20 years, according to CDC data. At the same time, federal and state funding for mental healthcare is declining.

There could be a troubling human cost to the race to offer cheaper generic drugs

According to a study in the Journal of Operations Management, generic drug price competition is linked to an increase in the number of drug recalls. Higher competition was also found to be associated with lower FDA plant inspection scores.

We just got a lot of updates on the state of cancer treatments — here are the winners and losers

A number of companies presented updates and new data at the American Society for Clinical Oncologists meeting in Chicago this weekend. Healthcare investors had a mixed reaction. Here's how the stocks of major movers are performing on Monday.
Parachute Health CEO David Gelbard with his father, who had trouble getting access to a walker after being discharged from the hospital in 2015. This led Gelbard to start the company.

A startup just raised $9.5 million to take on an unlikely competitor: the fax machine

BI PRIME: Parachute Health aspires to digitize the prescription process for durable medical devices such as wheelchairs and oxygen tanks by bridging the gap between the patient and supplier while increasing transparency in the process.
FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb

The FDA is sounding the alarm on the next group of drugs that could be abused

To get ahead of the latest trends in drug addiction, the Food and Drug Administration sifts through internet forums and online mentions to detect concerning patterns. The agency discovered through this process that drug abuse is shifting from prescription opioids to opioid substitutes.