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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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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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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04 Sep 2019

TRUMP’S‘PHENOMENAL’ HEALTH PLAN: WHAT MIGHT THAT LOOK LIKE?

By Julia Appleby   While many Capitol Hill Republicans want to avoid a repeat of the Affordable Care Act repeal debate, President Donald Trump keeps promising a health plan that will be “phenomenal” and make the GOP “the party of health care.” Last month, Medicare chief Seema Verma said, “We’re actively

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03 Sep 2019

DOCTOR FIRED: CATHOLIC HOSPITAL SETS OFF NATIONAL CHALLENGE TO AID-IN-DYING LAWS

By JoNel Aleccia KHN photos by Heidi de Marco   Dr. Barbara Morris, a geriatrician with Centura Health, was recently fired for wanting to help her patient with Colorado’s End of Life Options Act. A Catholic-run health system in Denver, Colorado, has fired a veteran doctor who went to court to

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27 Aug 2019

PHARMA CASH ROLLS INTO CONGRESS TO DEFEND AN EMBATTLED INDUSTRY

  By Emmarie Huetteman, Jay Hancock and Elizabeth Lucas   In the heat of the most ferocious battle over drug prices in years, pharmaceutical companies are showering U.S. senators with campaign cash as sweeping legislation heads toward the floor. In the first six months of this year alone, political action

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