03 Dec 2019

IAC CONDUCTS ACCREDITATION PERCEPTIONS SURVEY

Authentic Testing has been engaged by the Intersocietal Accreditation Commission (IAC) to understand perceptions related to the value of imaging and procedural accreditation across multiple medical specialties. The results of the survey will help guide future quality initiatives to meet the needs of the medical community and to improve the

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13 Nov 2019

CMS VERMA ATTACKS CRITICS OF MEDICAID WORK REQUIREMENT, PUSHES FOR TIGHTER ELIGIBILITY

By Phil Galewitz Seema Verma, the Trump administration’s top Medicaid official, Nov. 12  sharply attacked critics of her plan to force some Medicaid enrollees to work, a policy that led to thousands of people losing coverage in Arkansas. “We cannot allow those who prefer the status quo to weaponize the legal

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12 Nov 2019

TRUMP PROPOSES HISTORIC STEPS TO STRENGTHEN OVERSIGHT AND FISCAL INTEGRITY OF THE MEDICAID PROGRAM

  The Trump Administration and the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) issued a notice of proposed rulemaking Nov. 12 to strengthen the fiscal integrity of the Medicaid program and help ensure that state supplemental payments and financing arrangements are transparent and consistent with all applicable statutory requirements. The

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12 Nov 2019

SOME ACADEMICS QUIETLY TAKE SIDE JOBS HELPING TOBACCO COMPANIES IN COURT

  By Blake Farmer Nashville Public Radio   In 1998, major reached a historic legal settlement with states that had sued them over the health care costs of smoking-related illnesses. But individual smokers have continued to sue, and to this day the tobacco industry remains tied up in hundreds of court

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04 Nov 2019

  RETURN TO SENDER: A SINGLE UNDELIVERABLE LETTER CAN MEAN LOSING MEDICAID

                  By Markian Hawryluk   Forty-two boxes of returned mail lined a wall of the El Paso County Department of Human Services office on a recent fall morning. There used to be three times as many. Every week, the U.S. Postal Service brings anywhere

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31 Oct 2019

 RA MEDICAL SYSTEMS DETAILS SUBSTANTIAL COMPLETION OF AUDIT COMMITTEE INVESTIGATION

  Ra Medical Systems Inc., a medical device company focusing on commercializing excimer laser systems to treat vascular and dermatological diseases, announced Oct. 31 that the Audit Committee of the Board of Directors has substantially completed its internal investigation, announced in August. The Audit Committee, assisted by independent legal counsel,

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30 Oct 2019

IVUS invaluable for precise iliac vein treatment; SVS Study free to public through Dec. 31

 In a large series of iliac vein stent cases, a blinded comparison found intravascular ultrasound (IVUS) superior to venography in determining the proper location of treatment zones.   Researchers from The RANE Center at St. Dominic’s Memorial Hospital in Jackson, Miss., have performed a retrospective, single-center cohort study of 155

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29 Oct 2019

NOTHING BUT NET: MARK CUBAN LOOKING FOR NEW WAY TO PAY FOR HEALTHCARE

  Dallas Maverick basketball owner Mark Cuban surprised attendees at the HLTH conference in Las Vegas in October with a thoughtful approach to a new business model to pay for healthcare. Serial investor, TV personality and Dallas Mavericks’ owner Cuban wants to use his own efforts to replace many of the core

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12 Sep 2019

BREAKING NEWS: Purdue Pharma reaches $12B settlement for OxyContin role in opioid epidemic

    BREAKING NEWS: OxyContin maker Purdue Pharma has tentatively reached a settlement with more than 2,000 cities and counties, as well as with 23 state attorneys general who sued the company over its alleged role in the U.S. opioid epidemic. Under the proposed deal, the Sackler family — which owns

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11 Sep 2019

HEALTH INSURANCE HUSTLE: PRIVATE INSURERS LAUGH ABOUT FIGHTING FRAUD

By Marshall Allen ProPublica   Like most of us, William Murphy dreads calling health insurance companies. They route him onto a rollercoaster of irrelevant voice menus, and when he finally reaches a human, it’s a customer service rep who has no idea what he’s talking about. Then it can take days

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