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The White House wants to rename HHS to 'HPW.' (But the proposed revamp goes beyond the name.)

June 22, 2018

A plan released yesterday by the White House Office of Management and Budget would reorganize, restructure, and rename various federal agencies, including HHS and FDA.

Two states are going to sue the Trump admin over its association health plan rule. Here's why.

June 21, 2018

Massachusetts Attorney General (AG) Maura Healey (D) and New York AG Barbara Underwood (D) say they believe the Trump administration's final rule to expand association health plans "is unlawful and would lead to fewer critical consumer health protections."

Nearly 50% of VA nursing homes received one-star quality rating, VA data show

June 21, 2018

Documents obtained by USA Today and the Boston Globe show 60 of VA's 133 nursing homes had a one-star rating as of Dec. 31, 2017.

Why the US' approach to funding medical grants 'may be failing'

June 21, 2018

The U.S. system for awarding medical research grants through NIH "may be failing" to "fund work that spurs innovation and fosters research careers" by favoring proposals for low-risk research and those submitted by more experienced researchers, Aaron Carroll writes in the New York Times' "The Upshot."

AMA urges regulators to block CVS-Aetna merger

June 20, 2018

American Medical Association (AMA) President Barbara McAneny says, "After very careful consideration over the past months, the AMA has come to the conclusion that [the proposed] merger [between CVS Health and Aetna] would likely substantially lessen competition in many health care markets, to the detriment of patients."

MedPAC proposes cuts to freestanding EDs, imaging payments

June 20, 2018

Among other things, the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission's annual June report to Congress includes proposals "to ensure appropriate access to and use of hospital" emergency department services.

Trump admin finalizes rule to expand association health plans

June 19, 2018

The final rule aims to expand access to association health plans (AHP) by broadening requirements regarding which types of employers are eligible to form an AHP.

The 50 most influential physician leaders, according to Modern Healthcare

June 19, 2018

FDA commissioner Scott Gottlieb tops Modern Healthcare's 2018 list of the "50 Most Influential Physician Executives and Leaders."

Inside the arguments for, and against, Kentucky's Medicaid work requirements

June 19, 2018

U.S. District Judge James Boasberg says he will issue a ruling by the end of this month on a lawsuit challenging Kentucky's Medicaid work requirements.

Report: HHS made $90.1B in improper Medicare, Medicaid payments last year

June 19, 2018

The Government Accountability Office in the report recommends the Office of Management and Budget develop guidance and a risk-based methodology to help HHS and other federal departments and agencies identify improper payments.

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