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CMS wants ACOs to take on more risk. Here's how.

August 13, 2018


CMS is proposing replacing the current Medicare Shared Savings Program tracks with two options that accelerate the pathway for accountable care organizations to transition to two-sided risk models.

Mayo Clinic announces new CEO to replace Noseworthy

August 13, 2018


John Noseworthy, Mayo Clinic's current president and CEO, says Gianrico Farrugia, who will replace Noseworthy at the end of this year, "is a visionary and servant leader who brings with him a wealth of experience and knowledge—both as an innovator and an executive."

CMS will allow MA plans to implement step-therapy requirements for Part B drugs

August 13, 2018


Under a new CMS policy, Medicare Advantage plans beginning Jan. 1, 2019, will be able to implement step-therapy requirements for prescription drugs administered to beneficiaries at physician offices or hospitals—and President Trump says his administration soon will announce more policies intended to lower prescription drug prices.

Zika-infected babies born without birth defects might still develop health conditions, CDC says

August 13, 2018


CDC's latest Vital Signs report shows an estimated one in seven infants who were exposed to the Zika virus while they were fetuses developed one or more health conditions that might have been caused by the virus by the time they were one year old.

Puerto Rico suggests Hurricane Maria death count could be 1,427—up from official count of 64

August 13, 2018


Puerto Rico officials in a draft report to Congress write, "Although the official death count [related to Hurricane Maria] from the Puerto Rico Department of Public Safety was initially 64, the toll appears to be much higher."

Rep. Collins charged with securities fraud regarding Australian biotech company

August 13, 2018


Federal prosecutors in New York allege Rep. Chris Collins (R-N.Y.) participated in an insider-trading scheme to sell shares of an Australian biotechnology company before the company publicly disclosed a failed clinical trial.

The 'Hot Water Challenge': Inside the latest internet trend that has kids drinking boiling water

August 13, 2018


Hospitals across the country are treating burn patients who have consumed or had boiling water poured onto them as part of the so-called "Hot Water Challenge."

CMS proposes methodology to calculate exchange insurers' 2018 risk-adjustment payments

August 13, 2018


CMS says under a newly proposed rule it intends "to adopt the risk adjustment methodology that HHS previously established for the 2018 benefit year which uses the statewide average premium in the payment transfer formula."

HHS announces recipients of Title X family planning grants

August 13, 2018


HHS says that it will award about $290 million in Title X family planning grants to all current grantees and 12 new organizations—including groups that are suing HHS over its new criteria for organizations seeking the grants.

New research adds more speculation about Puerto Rico's Hurricane Maria death count

August 6, 2018


A new research letter adds another tally to various estimates of Hurricane Maria's death toll in Puerto Rico, estimating that the hurricane caused approximately 1,139 deaths in the commonwealth.

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