Tag Archives: transparency

Transparency by drug companies, scrutiny by journalists, vital in vaccine news

Pfizer’s chairman and CEO proclaimed in a Pfizer company news release: “Today is a great day for science and humanity.” In that PR news release – but only in that format – Pfizer announced early results of “a vaccine efficacy rate above 90%, at 7 days after the second dose.” That’s about all we know… Read More »

Transparency watchdog criticizes STAT’s non-disclosure on pro-Pharma op-ed

Should publications that post op-ed pieces tell us more about who wrote the op-ed and what their potential biases and conflicts of interest might be? I’m in the camp that answers a resounding YES. Till Bruckner is, too. He writes for Transparify, an organization that rates “the financial transparency of major think tanks.” He is… Read More »

Becerra backs price transparency, provider competition at first Senate panel

Xavier Becerra had a mostly smooth nomination hearing before the Senate health committee Tuesday despite accusations from some GOP members on his support for abortion rights, lack of medical credentials and executive experience in the face of the COVID-19 public health emergency. Becerra, the California attorney general and President Joe Biden’s pick to head up… Read More »

Payers, employers protest price transparency rule as wrong-headed

Dive Brief: The nation’s health insurance lobby pushed back against the Trump administration’s attempt to wrangle insurers into a broader effort to force the secret, negotiated rates with hospitals out into the open, according to comments submitted to the federal government on the proposed rule.  Employer groups also expressed skepticism, worried the disclosure will clash… Read More »

Health IT advisory group targets price transparency, data security with eye toward 2020

Dive Brief: A key HHS advisory committee unanimously passed a slate of recommendations Wednesday for the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT, including a model linking the inclusion of data elements in a national health dataset to milestones and not a timeline as previously proposed, and ranking interoperability standards priorities. The Health IT… Read More »