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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

The 165 best hospitals, according to US News

August 2, 2019


U.S. News & World Report on Tuesday released its 30th annual Best Hospitals rankings, which this year recognized 165 hospitals for their performance in at least one of 16 specialties.

Trump admin unveils plan to import foreign drugs. Will it actually lower prices?

August 2, 2019


HHS and FDA on Wednesday unveiled two potential pathways that entities in the United States could use to safely import drugs from other countries, where they typically are sold at lower prices.

Congress passes two-year budget deal, averting automatic spending cuts

August 2, 2019


The Senate on Thursday voted 67-28 to approve a two-year budget deal that raises the U.S. debt ceiling, sets new federal spending levels, averts $125 billion in automatic spending cuts, and opens the door for negotiations on individual appropriations measures for next fiscal year.

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