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Congress just unveiled an FY 2020 funding deal to avoid a government shutdown

December 17, 2019


Congressional negotiators on Monday released a nearly $1.4 trillion spending agreement that would fund the federal government, including health agencies, through the end of fiscal year 2020 and includes several health care provisions—such as measures to permanently repeal three Affordable Care Act taxes, delay cuts to Medicaid disproportionate-share hospital payments, raise the minimum tobacco purchasing age, and more.

After technical glitches, CMS extends open enrollment for federal exchange plans

December 17, 2019


CMS on Monday announced that it has relaunched and extended the Affordable Care Act's open enrollment period until Wednesday, amid reports of technical glitches on HealthCare.gov that impeded users' ability to sign up for federal exchange plans.

The national suicide prevention-hotline is closer to getting a 3-digit dialing code

December 17, 2019


The Federal Communications Commission on Thursday voted to approve a proposal to create a three-digit dialing code for the United States' suicide-prevention hotline.

FDA approves 1st fully disposable duodenoscope

December 17, 2019


FDA on Friday approved the first fully disposable duodenoscope, which is designed to eliminate the potential risk of infection that is tied to reusable scopes.

The 2019-2020 flu season so far, mapped

December 17, 2019


Between 2.6 million and 3.7 million people have contracted influenza so far this season, according to CDC data updated Friday.

CMS might have overpaid MA plans by $6.7B in 2017, HHS' OIG says

December 17, 2019


CMS might have improperly paid Medicare Advantage plans an estimated $6.7 billion in 2017 after the plans added diagnoses to beneficiaries' files that in some instances were not supported by medical records, according to an HHS Office of Inspector General report released last week.

Moody's says nonprofit hospital market should improve in 2020

December 17, 2019


Moody's Investors Service in a recent report said nonprofit hospitals and health systems should see an increase in revenue in 2020, upgrading the sector to a stable outlook.

The 21 best places to work in health care, according to Glassdoor

December 16, 2019


Glassdoor on Wednesday released its annual Employees' Choice Awards for the Best Places to Work in 2020, and 21 health care and health care-adjacent organizations were recognized.

Legal THC products tied to vaping-linked lung illness

December 16, 2019


As the number of cases of a vaping-linked lung illness continues to grow, state and federal officials have found both legal and illegal tetrahydrocannabinol products are linked to a number of the cases, but CDC said the source of the illness remains unknown.

Advocates, policymakers call for ACA open enrollment extension, citing technical issues

December 16, 2019


Democratic policymakers and health care advocates are urging the Trump administration to extend the Affordable Care Act's open enrollment period, which ended Sunday, citing reports of widespread glitches with HealthCare.gov.

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