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Bloomberg is 'in outstanding health,' doctor says

December 16, 2019


Former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg (D), who is seeking the 2020 Democratic nomination for president, on Thursday released a letter from his doctor saying he is "a 77-year-old man in outstanding health."

How 10 former NFL players allegedly committed $3.9M in health care fraud

December 16, 2019


The Department of Justice on Thursday announced that it has charged 10 former NFL players with fraud for allegedly submitting false claims for medical equipment totaling $3.9 million to a health benefits program for former players.

CMS will reimburse hospitals for 2019 site-neutral payment cuts—but will implement the cuts in 2020

December 16, 2019


CMS on Thursday announced plans to reimburse hospitals for site-neutral payment cuts the agency made to off-campus hospital facilities in 2019—but CMS separately said it still intends to implement site-neutral payment cuts in 2020.

Stephen Hahn, MD Anderson CMO, confirmed as FDA commissioner

December 13, 2019


The Senate on Thursday voted 72-18 to confirm President Trump's nomination of Stephen Hahn to serve as FDA commissioner.

House approves Pelosi's Rx pricing bill, rejects GOP alternative

December 13, 2019


The House on Thursday voted 230-291 to pass House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's (D-Calif.) bill intended to lower prescription drug prices in the United States, and voted 201-223 to reject a bill introduced by House Republicans that was intended to serve as an alternative to Pelosi's measure.

CMS OKs Medicaid work requirements in another nonexpansion state

December 13, 2019


CMS on Thursday approved two separate Medicaid waiver requests from South Carolina, a state where officials have not expanded Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act, to impose work requirements on certain Medicaid beneficiaries and change eligibility limits for adults with minor children.

More people are dying at home than in hospitals. Is that a good thing?

December 13, 2019


More U.S. adults are dying at home than at the hospital for the first time in at least 50 years, according to a study published Thursday in the New England Journal of Medicine.

SCOTUS declines to hear Arizona opioid case against Sackler family

December 13, 2019


The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday declined to hear a rare case brought by Arizona accusing members of the Sackler family, which owns Purdue Pharma, of funneling out billions of dollars from the company before filing for bankruptcy as part of a settlement over its alleged role in the opioid epidemic.

Are these 5 types of medical billing 'fraud by any other name'?

December 13, 2019


Elisabeth Rosenthal, a physician and editor-in-chief of Kaiser Health News, in a New York Times opinion piece recalls her husband's recent experience navigating the U.S. health care system and argues that "[m]uch of what we accept as legal in medical billing would be regarded as fraud in any other sector."

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