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How CMS will change Medicare payments to physicians in 2020

November 4, 2019


CMS on Friday issued a final rule to update the Medicare Physician Fee Schedule and Quality Payment Program (QPP) for calendar year 2020, which includes policies to shift QPP's Merit-based Incentive Payment System to a new conceptual framework and update evaluation and management visit payment rates.

Trump will nominate MD Anderson CMO to lead FDA

November 4, 2019


President Trump on Friday announced that he intends to nominate Stephen Hahn, CMO of MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, to serve as FDA commissioner—and Brett Giroir, assistant secretary for health at HHS, has replaced Ned Sharpless as FDA's acting commissioner until Hahn is confirmed.

How Warren would pay for 'Medicare for All'

November 4, 2019


Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), who is seeking the 2020 Democratic nomination for president, on Friday unveiled how she would pay for a so-called "Medicare-for-All" plan without raising taxes on middle-income U.S. residents.

How Georgia wants to redesign its individual health insurance market

November 4, 2019


Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp (R) on Thursday unveiled a proposal intended to overhaul the state's individual health insurance market under certain Affordable Care Act waivers.

The rate of uninsured US children is still rising, 2 new analyses find

November 4, 2019


The uninsured rate among U.S. children rose for the second year in a row in 2018 due to children losing Medicaid and CHIP coverage, according to new analyses from the New York Times' "The Upshot" and Georgetown University's Center for Children and Families.

The 'sexy nurse' costume is a Halloween favorite. Is it time for that to end?

November 4, 2019


The "sexy nurse" costume is one of the most popular Halloween costumes of all time, but real-life registered nurses warn that the costume perpetuates stereotypes about the profession and can contribute to workplace harassment.

Weekly Line: ACA open enrollment launched today. Here's what you need to know.

November 1, 2019


The Affordable Care Act's (ACA) open enrollment period for the 2020 coverage year launched today, boasting lower premiums for exchange plans, more plans to choose from in most markets, and new ways to evaluate, enroll in, and pay for coverage. 

Juul shipped 1M tainted e-cigarette pods (and never alerted the public), former employee claims

November 1, 2019


A former Juul executive in a lawsuit filed this week alleged the company shipped one million "contaminated" mint-flavored e-cigarette nicotine pods to retailers, and then failed to recall the products and warn consumers.

CMS finalizes Medicare payment updates for home health and kidney care

November 1, 2019


CMS on Thursday finalized two separate rules that will increase Medicare payments for home health agencies and end-stage renal disease care.

White House launches website to connect patients with substance use disorder treatment

November 1, 2019


The Trump administration this week launched FindTreatment.gov, a website to help connect people with treatment options for substance use disorders.

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