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The Trump admin's top 3 health care priorities

July 25, 2019


HHS Secretary Alex Azar on Tuesday laid out three of the Trump administration's top health care priorities heading into the 2020 election.

Allergan recalls breast implants linked to rare cancer

July 25, 2019


Allergan on Wednesday announced a global recall of the company's Biocell textured breast implants, after FDA found a link between the implants and a sharp increase in cases of and deaths involving a rare cancer.

Will New Hampshire’s Medicaid work requirements be struck down next?

July 25, 2019


A federal judge who earlier this year struck down Medicaid work requirements in Arkansas and Kentucky on Tuesday heard oral arguments in a lawsuit challenging the Trump administration's approval of Medicaid work requirements in New Hampshire, but it is unclear how the judge will rule in the latest case.

Indian Health Services hospitals are putting patients' health at risk, investigators find

July 24, 2019


Major issues at Indian Health Service hospitals have led to unsafe conditions for patients, risky opioid prescribing practices, and information technology vulnerabilities, according to two reports released Monday by HHS' Office of Inspector General.

What's more accurate than health plan directories? Google, a study finds.

July 24, 2019


Google offers more accurate provider information than many health plan directories, such as health plans' Medicare Advantage directories and exchange plan directories, according to a study recently published in the American Journal of Managed Care.

HHS, DOD team up on a $100M initiative to create antibiotics to fight superbugs

July 24, 2019


HHS and the Department of Defense under a new partnership with pharmaceutical company VenatoRx will invest up to $100 million to help develop an antibiotic that can treat antibiotic-resistant superbugs, the departments announced Monday.

Why lawmakers keep missing the biggest source of 'surprise' bills

July 24, 2019


At the state and federal levels, lawmakers are considering bills to address so-called "surprise" out-of-network medical bills, but their efforts largely ignore ground ambulances, which are one of the main sources of such bills.

How 'Dr. Dave' scammed insurers for $4M—without a medical license

July 23, 2019


For more than four years, a personal trainer who called himself "Dr. Dave" fraudulently billed major health insurers for about $25 million, collecting about $4 million in cash.

HHS won't penalize providers who try to comply with Title X abortion restrictions

July 23, 2019


HHS on Saturday informed health care providers and state governments that the department will not penalize providers who are making efforts to comply with a final rule that bars entities that receive Title X family planning grants from providing or referring patients for abortion care.

Judge upholds Trump's expansion of short-term health plans

July 22, 2019


A federal judge on Friday upheld the Trump administration's expansion of short-term health plans, which are not required to comply with certain Affordable Care Act requirements.

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