Trump’s Health Chief Wants to Change How Doctors Do Business

From BusinessWeek:

On March 5, the Trump administration’s top health official told a conference of hospital executives to hurry up. Washington has spent more than a decade slowly nudging the medical industry away from treating health care as a volume commodity business, where more care is better, and toward incentives that reward improving patients’ health. In all that time, almost nothing has changed. “That transition needs to accelerate dramatically,” said Alex Azar, a former Eli Lilly and Co. executive who was confirmed as secretary of Health and Human Services in January.

New HHS secretary: Opioid addiction is not a moral failing and should be treated as a medical condition

From CNBC:

People who are dependent on opioids shouldn’t be stigmatized, and their addiction should be treated as a medical condition, Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar said Wednesday.

“This is not a moral issue,” said Azar, who has spent his career working in both the private and public sector of health care as an attorney and other various leadership roles.

“They are not individuals who are seeking out to be drug addicts or are seeking out a high. They are individuals who are getting trapped in a cycle of addiction,” Azar told CNBC’s “Squawk Box.”