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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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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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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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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26 Aug 2019

BACKLOG OF VA HEALTH RECORD DIGITIZATION WOULD STACK 5 MILES HIGH

Despite the Veterans Health Administration reporting in July that they have transferred 23.5 million health records, covering some 78 billion data points, from the VA EHR to a shared data center with the DOD, if every single one of the paper documents that still need to be digitized at VA

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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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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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