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Medicare wants to revamp ambulance payments, aiming to prevent avoidable ED visits

February 15, 2019

HHS on Thursday announced the launch of a new voluntary payment model for emergency ambulance services—called the Emergency Triage, Treat, and Transport (ET3) model—that would allow Medicare to reimburse first responders for care delivered on-site or via telemedicine, even if patients are not taken to a hospital.

In the states: Georgia seeks partial Medicaid expansion, Maine co-op asks SCOTUS to hear case on risk corridor payments, and more

February 15, 2019

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

Lawmakers look to fund FDA, IHS—and avoid another partial government shutdown

February 14, 2019

Federal lawmakers on Wednesday unveiled a federal spending bill intended to stave off another partial government shutdown that includes funding for FDA, the Indian Health Service, and more.

Youth tobacco use is up—reversing decades of declines, CDC finds

February 14, 2019

Youth tobacco use in 2018 increased by the largest margin ever recorded by CDC in a single year—driven largely by an increase in the number of adolescents who reported using e-cigarettes, according to a CDC report released Monday.

A 'really big shift': USPSTF recommends counseling for pregnant, postpartum women at risk of depression

February 14, 2019

The United States Preventive Services Task Force for the first time is recommending that women who are pregnant or who recently gave birth receive counseling if they have risk factors for depression.

FDA aims its fire at 'bad actors' in the dietary supplement industry

February 13, 2019

FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb in a statement on Monday announced the agency plans to strengthen its oversight of the dietary supplement industry—starting with a series of warnings and advisory letters to companies making unapproved claims to cure, prevent, or treat Alzheimer's disease and other serious health conditions.

HHS wants to bolster patients' access to their electronic health data. Here's how.

February 12, 2019

HHS on Monday proposed two new rules that aim to give patients greater access to their electronic health information—and call out health care providers who impede health data sharing.

Did Trump's 'Mar-a-Lago Crowd' have undue influence at VA? This House panel wants to find out.

February 12, 2019

House Veterans' Affairs Committee Chair Mark Takano (D-Calif.) on Friday launched an investigation into the alleged influence of an informal team of Trump advisors, known as the "Mar-a-Lago Crowd," on Veterans Affairs policies.

Johnson & Johnson will disclose drug list prices in TV ads

February 12, 2019

Johnson & Johnson on Thursday announced plans to disclose the list prices of its prescription drugs in television advertisements—the most aggressive response yet from a drugmaker to a Trump administration proposal that would make such disclosures mandatory.

Utah gov. signs law scaling back voter-approved Medicaid expansion

February 12, 2019

Utah Gov. Gary Herbert (R) on Monday signed into law a bill intended to scale back the state's voter-approved Medicaid expansion under the Affordable Care Act—raising questions about whether other states might similarly seek to partially expand Medicaid or roll back their existing Medicaid expansions.

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