Dec. 12, 2019

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  • With just 3 days left in open enrollment, CMS data shows federal exchange signups are lagging

    December 12, 2019 (11:30 AM)

    CMS on Wednesday released federal exchange plan signup figures for the sixth week of the Affordable Care Act's current open enrollment period, as well as data on the number of U.S. residents who were enrolled in federal and state exchange plans during the first six months of 2019.

  • CBO: Pelosi's Rx drug pricing bill would save feds a net $5B—and slow down drug development

    December 12, 2019 (11:00 AM)

    A provision in House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's (D-Calif.) drug pricing bill that would allow the HHS secretary to negotiate prescription drug prices would save the federal government about $456 billion from 2020-2029, but the bill would raise federal spending in other areas, according a Congressional Budget Office report released Tuesday.

  • FDA can regulate e-cigarettes, appeals court panel rules

    December 12, 2019 (10:30 AM)

    An appeals court panel on Tuesday ruled that FDA is able to regulate e-cigarettes just like it does traditional cigarettes, saying the products are "indisputably highly addictive and pose health risks, especially to youth, that are not well understood."

  • SCOTUS hears arguments in ACA risk corridors case

    December 12, 2019 (10:00 AM)

    The Supreme Court on Tuesday heard oral arguments in a case that centers on whether the federal government owes health insurers $12 billion in risk corridors payments under the Affordable Care Act, and observers say a majority of the justices appeared likely to rule in the insurers' favor.

  • The House has another new proposal to address 'surprise' medical bills

    December 12, 2019 (9:30 AM)

    The House Ways and Means Committee on Wednesday announced new legislation, which is still being finalized, to address so-called "surprise" medical bills—just days after the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee and the House Energy and Commerce Committee announced their own bipartisan plan to address surprise bills, likely setting up Congress to resolve the issue in 2020.

  • How to break your bad habits, in 3 steps

    December 12, 2019 (9:00 AM)

    Whether a person is trying to give up midnight snacking or surfing Instagram at work, "[b]reaking habits is hard," Judson Brewer of Brown University's Schools of Public Health & Medicine writes in Harvard Business Review—but Brewer also shares 3 ways to overcome bad habits in one's personal and professional life.

  • Insulting bosses, cruel letters, and more: This is what 'nurse bullying' really looks like

    December 12, 2019 (8:30 AM)

    Corin Mauldin, a registered nurse at the University of Connecticut, writing in the CT Mirror describes her personal experience with nurse bullying—a problem that she says "happens every day" in clinical settings, but often goes unreported.