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Weekly Line: Idaho tells insurers they can ignore ACA requirements. Is that legal?

February 16, 2018

Idaho is moving full steam ahead with its plan to allow insurers to sell individual health plans that don't comply with the Affordable Care Act (ACA)—and on Wednesday, one insurer got on board.

Non-publication notice

February 16, 2018

American Health Line will not publish on Monday, Feb. 19. We will resume publication on Tuesday, Feb. 20.

After Fla. mass shooting, Trump says he's 'committed' to addressing 'difficult issue of mental health'

February 16, 2018

President Trump in remarks following a mass shooting at a Florida High School says his administration is "committed to working with state and local leaders to help secure our schools and tackle the difficult issue of mental health"—but some mental health advocates are raising concerns about tying the shooting to mental health.

The best health care companies to work for, according to Fortune

February 16, 2018

Fortune releases its 2018 list of the "Best Companies to Work For," which features several health care organizations, including 10 hospitals and health systems.

Azar defends proposed HHS budget, Medicare cuts in House committee hearing

February 16, 2018

During House and Senate committee hearings, HHS Secretary Alex Azar outlines his priorities for the department, including improving health care access and affordability, transitioning toward value-based payment models, reducing prescription drug costs, and expanding coverage for telehealth services.

FDA approves first blood test to help diagnose concussions

February 16, 2018

Jeffrey Shuren, director of FDA's Center for Devices and Radiological Health, says, "A blood test to aid in concussion evaluation is an important tool for the American public and for our servicemembers abroad who need access to quick and accurate tests."

This Oregon woman had 14 worms in her eye, perplexing doctors

February 16, 2018

CDC researchers in a case study give details on the first known case of Thelazia gulosa infection in humans.

Aetna pushes back against reports that medical directors do not review patient records

February 16, 2018

Aetna in a statement says its "medical directors review all necessary available medical information for cases that they are asked to evaluate," and a former medical director for the insurer says "certain misinterpretations" had arisen from his prior testimony on the insurers prior-authorizations practices.

Inside 'the war' between UPMC and Highmark for the Pittsburgh market

February 16, 2018

A battle between two major health care players in western Pennsylvania could be a harbinger of what is to come nationwide, as forces of consolidation bring providers and insurers into each other's domains.

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