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How CMS is changing the exchange market for the 2020 coverage year

April 19, 2019


CMS on Thursday released its final Notice of Benefit and Payment Parameters for the 2020 coverage year, which sets rules for health plans sold through the Affordable Care Act's exchanges.

CMS proposes FY 2020 payment increases for inpatient rehab, psych facilities

April 19, 2019


CMS this week released proposed rules that would increase payments for inpatient rehab facilities and inpatient psychiatric facilities by 2.3%, or $195 million, and 1.7%, or $75 million, respectively, for fiscal year 2020.

Trump admin will no longer defend transgender health protections in court

April 19, 2019


The Trump administration will no longer defend in court a rule issued under former President Barack Obama's administration that prohibits health care providers and insurance companies from discriminating against transgender individuals—but the Trump administration is expected to release an updated rule by the end of this month.

Why 23andMe might not detect your risk of breast cancer

April 19, 2019


A study of 100,000 people released earlier this month shows 23andMe's genetic test would have missed identifying the increased breast cancer risk of nearly 90% of women who carry a BRCA mutation, which increases their likelihood of cancer.

In the states: CDC ties multi-state E. coli outbreak to ground beef, Ohio gov. signs 'heartbeat' abortion ban into law, and more

April 19, 2019


American Health Line rounds up the latest health care news in the states.

FDA has approved a new weight-loss device. Here's how it works.

April 18, 2019


FDA in a rare move recently approved a new prescription weight-loss device that allows users to feel satiated without altering the bloodstream or targeting the brain.

DOJ charges 60 health care providers in largest-ever opioid take down

April 18, 2019


The Department of Justice on Wednesday announced federal prosecutors are charging 60 health care providers for their alleged involvement in illegally distributing millions of pain pills.

Should fentanyl be considered a weapon of mass destruction?

April 17, 2019


The Department of Homeland Security is considering whether to designate fentanyl as a weapon of mass destruction, according to an internal memo.

FDA halts US sales of vaginal mesh implants

April 17, 2019


FDA on Tuesday ordered the two remaining manufacturers of vaginal mesh implants to immediately stop selling and distributing the products in the United States, citing safety concerns.

CDC: Prescribing guidelines shouldn’t be used to deny opioids to cancer patients

April 17, 2019


In response to concerns about coverage denials for opioids, CDC officials in a letter sent last month to three oncology organizations clarified that its 2016 opioid prescribing guidelines should not be used to deny opioid drugs to patients experiencing chronic pain caused by cancer or sickle-cell disease.

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