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Non-publication notice

February 17, 2017


American Health Line will not publish on Monday, Feb. 20. We will resume publication on Tuesday, Feb. 21.

Inside the House GOP's latest proposal to repeal, replace the ACA

February 17, 2017


House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) says Republicans "intend to introduce legislation to repeal and replace" the Affordable Care Act after lawmakers return from their upcoming recess.

Senate panel vets Trump's nominee for CMS administrator

February 17, 2017


Seema Verma, President Trump's nominee for CMS administrator, tells Senate Finance Committee members that she does not support proposals to turn Medicare into a voucher program.

Court temporarily blocks Cigna from exiting Anthem merger

February 17, 2017


Under the restraining order, Anthem is free to continue its appeal of the federal court decision blocking the merger.

Congress votes to block rule barring US residents with mental illnesses from buying guns

February 17, 2017


The Senate's vote sends the resolution, which the House approved earlier this month, to President Trump.

End-of-life discussions gain steam under new Medicare policy

February 17, 2017


While there is still opposition to the policy in Congress, industry stakeholders and providers expect more providers to bill for the end-of-life discussions going forward.

Study: Patients more likely to use opioids long-term if their ED doc is more likely to prescribe them

February 17, 2017


Michael Barnett, an assistant professor of health policy and management at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, says the findings suggest high-intensity prescribers' patients "have worse outcomes that we weren't aware of before," not that those prescribers are "irresponsible in prescribing opioids to certain patients."

HHS delays effective date of rule to ease substance misuse treatment record disclosure rules

February 17, 2017


The department says the prior effective date for the final rule would not have allowed sufficient time for public comment.

AHL feature: Are the ACA's exchanges really in a death spiral?

February 16, 2017


Humana says it will exit all Affordable Care Act exchange markets in 2018, Molina Healthcare says it might do the same—and Aetna's CEO declares that the exchanges are in a "death spiral." American Health Line spoke with experts to determine what's really going on.

CMS: US health care spending reaches $3.4T in 2016

February 16, 2017


The agency projects U.S. health care spending will grow by an average of 5.6 percent annually over the next decade.

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