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Why Walmart is steering its employees to a shortlist of 'high-quality' imaging centers

May 17, 2019

Upon learning that roughly half of employees who went to specialized hospitals for back surgery did not actually need surgery, Walmart has started encouraging its workers to go to high-quality imaging centers to ensure better, more accurate scans.

CMS cracks down on 'spread pricing' in Medicaid

May 17, 2019

CMS on Wednesday released regulatory guidance intended to clarify how state Medicaid programs should account for so-called "spread pricing" when calculating their medical loss ratios.

FDA must begin reviewing e-cigarettes, judge rules

May 17, 2019

A federal judge on Wednesday ruled that FDA must begin reviewing thousands of e-cigarettes being sold in the United States, siding with public health groups that challenged the agency's decision to delay the product reviews for several years.

Leapfrog grades 2,619 hospitals 'A' to 'F'

May 16, 2019

The Leapfrog Group on Wednesday released its Spring Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grades, giving about one-third of hospitals an "A" and more than 40% of hospitals a "C" or lower.

How senators want to stop 'surprise' medical bills

May 16, 2019

Lawmakers on the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee on Thursday released a bipartisan draft bill to address so-called "surprise" medical bills by using an arbitration process to settle disputes over medical charges between providers and insurers—a proposal the White House has said it opposes.

Alabama makes providing abortion a felony

May 16, 2019

Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey (R) on Wednesday signed into law a bill that makes it a felony for doctors to provide abortion care under almost any circumstances.

NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio announces presidential run. Here's where he stands on health care.

May 16, 2019

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio (D) on Thursday announced he is seeking the 2020 Democratic nomination for president, and touted his plan to implement universal health coverage in the city.

Twitter launches tool to combat vaccine misinformation

May 16, 2019

Twitter on Friday launched a new feature that provides users who search "vaccines" or related terms with a message that links them to an HHS website about vaccines.

Judge blocks new liver donor allocation policy amid legal challenge

May 16, 2019

A federal judge on Wednesday blocked a new liver allocation policy in the United States, after HHS declined to further delay the policy's implementation.

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