Health care spending

A price cap project in Rhode Island

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The largest health insurers, hospitals and doctors' groups in Rhode Island have agreed to cap their annual spending growth to 3.2% from 2019 to 2022. That's a somewhat aggressive target that is below recent national spending growth.

More patients getting this heart pump are dying

This week, the FDA warned heart doctors that patients who had received a newer type of heart pump, called the Impella RP, were dying at much higher rates in the real world than in initial clinical trials.

Why it matters: Experts have long said medical devices that pose the most risk and treat complex conditions need stricter regulation. But the development around this heart device also shows how a lack of rigorous testing causes confusion about whether devices are beneficial and working as intended.

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