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Trump signs bill providing $10B in compensation for 9/11 first responders

August 6, 2019

President Trump last week signed into law a bill that will extend aid to first responders of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks through 2092.

Why AdventHealth is offering 10,000 Floridians free DNA testing

August 6, 2019

AdventHealth last month launched a $2 million DNA test project and began offering free DNA tests to 10,000 Florida patients—but some ethics experts warn that participants might not be fully aware as to how their DNA data can be used.

What's inside CMS' 2,273-page IPPS final rule?

August 5, 2019

CMS on Friday issued its Inpatient Prospective Payment System final rule for fiscal year 2020, which aims to address payment disparities for rural and urban health facilities and increase add-on payments for emerging technologies and therapies.

Medicare Part D premiums will drop for 3rd consecutive year, CMS projects

August 5, 2019

CMS on Tuesday announced the average basic premium for Medicare Part D plans is projected to decline in 2020 for the third year in a row, falling from $32.50 this year to $30 next year.

How hospitals responded to the mass shootings in El Paso, Dayton

August 5, 2019

Providers at hospitals in Texas and Ohio rushed to treat victims of two mass shootings over the weekend—one in El Paso that left 20 dead and 26 injured, and one in Dayton that left nine dead and at least 27 injured.

CMS finalizes 2020 payment rules for SNFs, hospices, inpatient rehab, psych facilities

August 5, 2019

CMS last week released rules finalizing Medicare payment adjustments for skilled nursing facilities, hospices, and inpatient rehabilitation and psychiatric facilities for fiscal year 2020.

Your 'anonymous' health data aren't as safe as you think

August 5, 2019

A person's identity in databases might not be as secure as researchers once thought it was, according to a paper recently published in Nature Communications, in which researchers shared code that can identify nearly 100% of Americans from practically any available dataset with as few as 15 attributes.

How Medicare wants to help doctors fill in the gaps in patients' medical histories

August 5, 2019

CMS on Tuesday unveiled a new pilot program intended to help providers fill gaps in Medicare beneficiaries' medical histories by giving providers access to Medicare claims data that contain a beneficiary's previous diagnoses, procedures, and more.

CMS proposes 1.7% bump to Medicare payments for dialysis providers

August 5, 2019

CMS last week released a proposed rule that would update Medicare policies and payments for the End-Stage Renal Disease program and aims to promote the adoption of new equipment and supplies among dialysis facilities.

Weekly Line: How to pay for 'Medicare for All'? It's a sticking point for Democratic presidential candidates.

August 2, 2019

Candidates seeking the 2020 Democratic nomination for president again squared off during back-to-back debates this week, and "Medicare for All" once again was a major point of contention
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