13 Aug 2019

CHARITY CARE SPENDING BY CALIFORNIA HOSPITALS PLUNGES SINCE OBAMACARE WENT INTO EFFECT

 By Harriet Blair Rowan California hospitals are providing significantly less free and discounted care to low-income patients since the Affordable Care Act took effect. As a proportion of their operating expenses, the state’s general acute-care hospitals spent less than half on these patients in 2017 than they did in 2013, according

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09 Aug 2019

MIND AND BODY: COORDINATING CARE MIGHT HELP MEDICAID SAVE MONEY AND LIVES

    By Blake Farmer Modern medicine often views the mind and body on separate tracks, both in terms of treatment and health insurance reimbursement. But patients with psychological disorders can have a hard time managing their physical health. So some Medicaid programs, which provide health coverage for people with low

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01 Aug 2019

TRUMP ADMINISTRATION ‘OPEN FOR BUSINESS’ ON DRUG IMPORTS FROM CANADA  

 By Phil Galewitz A year after calling proposals allowing Americans to import cheaper drugs from Canada a “gimmick,” Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar said the federal government is “open for business” on such a strategy. Azar announced a preliminary plan July 31 to allow Americans to import certain

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17 Jul 2019

SENATE BILL TO CUT SURPRISE MEDICAL BILLS AND DRUG PRICES WOULD SAVE U.S. $7 BILLION

The nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office (CBO) says that Senate bill 1895 to tackle surprise medical bills and high drug prices would save the federal government about $7 billion over the next 10 years. The estimate released Tuesday could help the package’s chances for passage through the Senate by easing concerns over the impact

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16 Jul 2019

MEDICARE ADVANTAGE OVERBILLS TAXPAYERS BY BILLIONS A YEAR AS FEDS STRUGGLE TO STOP IT

          By Fred Schulte and Lauren Weber   Health insurers that treat millions of seniors have overcharged Medicare by nearly $30 billion the past three years alone, but federal officials say they are moving ahead with long-delayed plans to recoup at least part of the money. Officials have known for years

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12 Jul 2019

PAYER ANALYSIS: ‘CADILLAC TAX’ ON HIGH-COST HEALTH PLANS COULD AFFECT 1 IN 5 EMPLOYERS IN 2022

[/infobox]   A new KFF analysis estimates that the Affordable Care Act’s tax on high-cost health plans would affect one in five (21 percent) employers offering health benefits when it takes effect in 2022 unless employers change their health plans. An even larger share (31 percent) could be affected when workers’ voluntary

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25 Jun 2019

FUZZY MATH: Sanders’ Claim That Cost Barriers To HealthCare Kill 30,000 A Year IS only half true  

    TWEET “30,000 Americans a year die waiting for health care because of the cost.” –Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), in a tweet June 20 By Shefali Luthra “Medicare for All” — or single-payer health care — is a flagship issue for Democratic presidential candidate and Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders. So

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25 Jun 2019

RATIONAL SUICIDE: Seniors want to call it quits on own schedule

(Caitlin Hillyard/KHN) By Melissa Bailey Ten residents slipped away from their retirement community one Sunday afternoon for a covert meeting in a grocery store cafe. They aimed to answer a taboo question: When they feel they have lived long enough, how can they carry out their own swift and peaceful

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21 Jun 2019

CMS ISSUES RENEWED GUIDANCE IN EFFORT TO ENSURE MEDICAID PROGRAM INTEGRITY

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) issued guidance to state Medicaid agencies June 21 that outlines the necessary assurances that states should make to ensure that program resources are reserved for those who meet eligibility requirements. This guidance follows a series of steps that CMS has taken since

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12 Jun 2019

VICI VENOUS STENT: FDA OKs VICI Venous Stent to treat Iliofemoral obstructive disease

    The U.S Food and Drug Administration has approved Boston Scientific’s VICI Venous Stent System for the treatment of iliofemoral venous obstructive disease, which occurs when the flow of blood through the veins located deep in the pelvic region becomes blocked by a blood clot or compressed by anatomical anomalies.

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