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Federal appeals court denies emergency halt of abortion 'gag rule'

July 15, 2019


A federal appeals court on Thursday denied a request for an emergency stay on a recent ruling that allows HHS' final rule to bar health care providers and clinics that receive Title X family planning grants from providing or referring patients for abortion care.

More seniors want to try medical marijuana. This startup wants to help.

July 15, 2019


In the United States, the cannabis industry exists in a grey area that has made it difficult for researchers to examine the plant's potential medical benefits, but one Israel-based company is seeking to bridge the gap by providing evidence-based medical cannabis treatment plans.

Weekly Line: 'Handout' or 'human right'? Inside the debate over covering undocumented immigrants.

July 12, 2019


Immigration has long been a hot-button issue and, over the past few weeks, it's intersected with health care policy in notable ways. 

The most in-demand physicians in 2019, charted

July 12, 2019


For a new report, the physician recruiting firm Merritt Hawkins reviewed thousands of recruiting engagements for physicians and advanced practitioners over the last year. Find out which specialties were in the greatest demand—and which offered the highest salaries—on American Health Line's interactive charts.

CMS proposes mandatory bundled payment model for radiation oncology

July 12, 2019


CMS on Wednesday issued a proposed rule to implement a mandatory bundled payment model intended to replace Medicare's current fee-for-service payment model for radiation oncology in certain geographic regions.

How Harvard taught Google about health care

July 12, 2019


Google is working to become a major player in the health care industry and now, with the help of Harvard Medical School, the tech giant is learning how doctors think.

CMS wants to replace Medicaid access reporting requirements—with stakeholders' help

July 12, 2019


CMS on Thursday issued a proposed rule that would eliminate existing requirements on how states assess access to care among fee-for-service (FFS) Medicaid beneficiaries and replace them with a more standardized approach that the agency hopes to develop with industry stakeholders.

HHS is looking for health care leaders to help evaluate its quality programs

July 12, 2019


HHS on Tuesday announced that the department is launching a Quality Summit that aims to bring together government officials and health care industry stakeholders to discuss how HHS quality programs should be evaluated, adapted, and streamlined to help promote value-based care and bolster patient outcomes.

Adam Boehler to step down as director of CMMI

July 12, 2019


Adam Boehler will step down as director and deputy administrator of CMS' Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation, after President Trump on Wednesday nominated Boehler to oversee the U.S. International Development Finance Corporation.

Trump drops fight to add citizenship question to census survey

July 12, 2019


President Trump on Thursday announced that his administration will not add a controversial citizenship question to the 2020 U.S. Census, reversing an announcement he made last week and effectively ending a dispute over the question.

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