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Four more states sue over Trump admin's 'public charge' rule

August 19, 2019


Four more states and Washington, D.C., on Friday filed a lawsuit challenging the Trump administration's final rule that will allow federal officials to consider whether immigrants are receiving or are likely to receive Medicaid or other public benefits when reviewing their residency applications.

'Rating the raters': How US News, Healthgrades, Leapfrog, and CMS stack up

August 19, 2019


Prominent hospital ratings systems are highly influential, but they also can generate contradictory results that do not always align with clinicians' own assessments, a group of authors write in NEJM Catalyst, highlighting the shortcomings of several major hospital ratings systems.

PBMs pass on nearly 100% of rebates to Medicare Part D plans, GAO finds

August 19, 2019


Pharmacy benefit managers in 2016 passed on nearly all of the rebates they negotiated with pharmaceutical companies for Medicare Part D drugs to insurers sponsoring Part D plans, resulting in lower premiums for such plans, according to a Government Accountability Office report released Wednesday.

The health benefits of a single vacation day

August 19, 2019


People who use their vacation days are less likely to develop metabolic syndrome, a group of conditions that increase the risk of heart disease, stroke, and diabetes, according to a study published in Psychology & Health.

Weekly Line: The drug epidemic that's largely flown under the radar

August 16, 2019


The U.S. opioid epidemic has received widespread attention as public health officials direct more resources to combat the drugs' deadly outcomes.

ACA exchange plans will soon feature quality star ratings

August 16, 2019


CMS on Thursday announced it will require state and federal exchange websites to display quality star ratings for Affordable Care Act exchange plans, starting with the 2020 open enrollment period.

See the 13 graphic cigarette warning labels FDA just proposed

August 16, 2019


FDA on Thursday unveiled 13 proposed graphic warning labels about the health risks of smoking that, if finalized, would appear on the packaging of all cigarettes sold in the United States. See the proposed warning labels—and what experts are saying about their effectiveness.

13 states take Trump admin to court over ‘public charge’ rule

August 16, 2019


Thirteen states and two California counties this week filed lawsuits against the Trump administration's final rule that will allow federal officials to consider whether immigrants are receiving or are likely to receive Medicaid or other public benefits when reviewing their residency applications.

See the human brain in 'unprecedented detail,' as revealed by Mass Gen. researchers

August 16, 2019


Researchers at Massachusetts General Hospital in a paper that is awaiting publication say they have produced ultra-high-resolution MRIs of a human brain that represent some of the most detailed three-dimensional images of an intact human brain ever to exist.

Planned Parenthood will exit Title X family planning program unless court intervenes

August 16, 2019


Planned Parenthood on Wednesday announced it will formally withdraw from the Title X federal family planning program by Aug. 19 unless a federal court blocks a Trump administration rule that bars clinics that receive Title X funding from abortions providing or referring patients to non-emergency abortion care.

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