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House committee chair proposes new fix for 'surprise' medical bills

October 3, 2019


House Ways and Means Committee Chair Richard Neal (D-Mass.) in a letter sent Friday to Democratic lawmakers proposed to address so-called "surprise" medical bills by allowing the Trump administration and stakeholder groups to form a committee to recommend regulations for out-of-network bills.

UPS is expanding its drone delivery program for medical supplies

October 3, 2019


The Federal Aviation Administration on Tuesday announced that it will allow the United Parcel Service to expand its drone medical supply delivery project in North Carolina.

DOJ inspectors slam DEA's efforts to prevent opioid epidemic

October 3, 2019


The Drug Enforcement Administration did not do enough to regulate the U.S. opioid supply over the past 20 years, even as the country's opioid epidemic worsened, according to a report released Tuesday by the Department of Justice's Office of Inspector General.

What hospital ombudsmen really do (and why some patients hire their own advocates instead)

October 3, 2019


To navigate an increasingly complex and at times overwhelming health care system, patients are turning to hospital ombudsmen and private patient advocates to navigate their care.

Has medical education become too... nice?

October 3, 2019


While medical education once was rife with harassment and humiliation from attending physicians, many educators are moving away from this approach. However, some might have gone too far, failing to deliver "negative feedback of any kind," Perri Klass, a pediatrician and columnist, writes for the New York Times' "The Checkup."

J&J reaches $20.4M settlement in 'bellwether' opioid lawsuit

October 2, 2019


Johnson & Johnson on Tuesday announced that it has reached an agreement with two Ohio counties to settle claims, with no admission of liability, that the drugmaker contributed to the U.S. opioid epidemic.

CMS wants states to experiment with wellness programs

October 2, 2019


CMS this week invited states to participate in a demonstration project that will allow them to implement wellness programs that require patients to meet specific health outcomes to receive rewards in their individual health insurance markets.

MSSP ACOs saved $739M in 2018, new CMS data shows

October 2, 2019


CMS Administrator Seema Verma in a blog post published Monday in Health Affairs announced that accountable care organizations participating in the Medicare Shared Savings Program generated $739.4 million in net savings in 2018.

Meet Ed Garner, the only physician in 'the middle of nowhere'

October 2, 2019


For years, Ed Garner has been the only practicing physician for 11,000 square miles of Van Horn, Texas, where he sees patients day and night at the only hospital for more than 100 miles in either direction.

HHS reallocates Planned Parenthood funding to other Title X participants

October 2, 2019


The Trump administration has reallocated federal funding totaling $34 million that became available when Planned Parenthood and other providers exited the Title X program because of new restrictions regarding abortion.

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