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Trump's FDA nominee faces questions on drug prices, e-cigarettes, and more

November 21, 2019


Stephen Hahn, President Trump's nominee for FDA commissioner, on Wednesday faced questions from lawmakers on the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee regarding drug shortages and prices, e-cigarette use, and more.

Nursing Home Compare now warns consumers about abuse violations

November 21, 2019


CMS on its Nursing Home Compare website has begun indicating when nursing homes have been cited for abuse violations, and while the move has been applauded by consumer advocates, some in the nursing home industry say the alerts are misleading.

Colorado has a final state public option plan (but hospitals aren't on board)

November 21, 2019


Colorado officials on Friday released their final proposal for a state public health insurance option, but the Colorado Hospital Association is raising concerns.

Inside the latest—and 'most drastic'—proposal to curb Rx drug prices

November 20, 2019


Sens. Cory Booker (D-N.J.), Kamala Harris (D-Calif.), and Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), who are competing for the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination, on Friday introduced a bill that would establish a new federal agency to regulate prescription drug prices.

Improper Medicare payments dip to 9-year low, HHS says

November 20, 2019


HHS on Monday announced the rate of improper Medicare fee-for-service payments in fiscal year (FY) 2019 was at the lowest point since FY 2010.

FDA approves an easier-to-clean duodenoscope

November 20, 2019


FDA on Friday granted Pentax approval to market a duodenoscope with a sterile, disposable elevator—an innovation that reduces the number of parts that need to be cleaned and therefore could lower the odds of transmitting dangerous superbugs.

Hospital groups threaten to sue Trump admin over price transparency rule

November 19, 2019


Hospitals and health insurers are criticizing the Trump administration's new rules that aim to increase price transparency in the U.S. health system—and four major hospital groups have threatened to file a lawsuit challenging the regulations.

Trump chose not to sign off on vaping ban, sources say

November 19, 2019


President Trump decided not to sign off on a policy to ban U.S. sales of unapproved flavored e-cigarettes the night before his administration planned to announce the measure, an anonymous adviser to Trump told the Washington Post.

FDA just approved the first pig-to-human tissue transplant

November 18, 2019


FDA for the first time has approved an experiment that involves temporarily transplanting pig tissue into humans, a move that experts say could lead to further developments in animal-to-human donations.

From 'embryo glue' to 'assisted hatching': Do these costly IVF add-ons actually work?

November 18, 2019


As demand for in vitro fertilization has grown, fertility clinics have developed supplementary procedures, or "add-ons," that are purported to increase the odds of success—but there is little evidence these add-ons actually work.

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