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Trump signs short-term spending bill allowing states to access more CHIP funds

December 8, 2017


President Trump is working with Republican and Democratic leaders on a longer-term spending bill that lawmakers say is likely to include new funding for CHIP.

Senate, House begin negotiations on tax reform bill—and the individual mandate is on the table

December 8, 2017


House Ways and Means Committee Chair Kevin Brady (R-Texas), who is leading the negotiations, says he is open to including a provision to eliminate the penalty most U.S. residents have to pay for not having health insurance under the Affordable Care Act's individual mandate in Republicans' final tax reform bill.

Dignity Health, Catholic Health Initiatives announce plans to merge

December 8, 2017


If Dignity Health and Catholic Health Initiatives merger agreement is approved, the combined companies would create the largest nonprofit hospital company in the United States in terms of operating revenue.

Municipalities increasingly giving employees access to lower-cost, overseas Rx drugs

December 7, 2017


Despite FDA's opposition, dozens of municipalities are offering a unique drug benefit that allows employees to purchase medication from Canada and other foreign countries, where drug prices are up to 80% lower than in the United States

FDA approves first medical device designed for the Apple Watch

December 7, 2017


The device, called KardiaBand, can record a clinical-grade electrocardiogram in 30 seconds when touch-activated by a user.

UnitedHealth Group to acquire DaVita's physician group for $4.9B

December 6, 2017


The deal comes as stakeholders in the health care industry seek out partnerships to help them deliver care in new ways outside of the hospital setting.

FDA looks to bring new nicotine replacement therapies to the US market

December 6, 2017


FDA officials plan to launch a new steering committee to overhaul the agency's approach to nicotine replacement therapy products in an effort to encourage the development of new products to help tobacco users quit.

Moody's revises 2018 outlook for nonprofit, public hospitals to 'negative'

December 6, 2017


Moody's Investors Services projects that nonprofit and public hospitals will see their operating cash flows decline by between 2% and 4% over the next 12 to 18 months.

USA Today: VA hired providers who faced disciplinary actions from state licensing boards

December 5, 2017


USA Today finds that, in one instance, Veterans Affairs (VA) hired a neurosurgeon whose license had previously been suspended by a state licensing board even though federal law prohibits VA from doing so.

FDA approves first test to detect cancer-causing mutations in hundreds of genes

December 5, 2017


FDA says the test, known as FoundationOne CDx, could help reduce health care costs and bolster patient care, and CMS says it plans to cover the test for qualifying Medicare beneficiaries.

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