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What it's like to go to the doctor when you're transgender

June 25, 2019


Transgender patients "still struggle to find competent basic care, much less trans-specific care," and a recent proposed rule from the Trump administration would return the transgender community to a health care environment that can deny them care, Katelyn Burns, a freelance journalist who is transgender, writes in a first-person essay for Vox.

Appeals court allows Trump admin’s Title X rule to take effect

June 24, 2019


A federal appeals court on Thursday ruled that the Trump administration is allowed to enforce a final rule that bars providers and clinics that receive Title X family planning grants from providing or referring patients for abortion care in the same location as their family planning services.

Medicaid work requirements don't boost employment, new study suggests

June 21, 2019


After Arkansas implemented Medicaid work requirements, thousands of adults lost their health insurance and unemployment among Medicaid-eligible adults rose, according to a study published Wednesday.

FDA wants to change the way it evaluates opioids. Here's how.

June 21, 2019


FDA on Thursday released draft guidance aimed at strengthening the agency's framework for reviewing new opioid drugs by comparing the safety and effectiveness of proposed products to existing products and assessing whether new products would reduce the risk of opioid misuse.

CMS announces an estimated $180M settlement of long-delayed Medicare claims

June 21, 2019


After two years of negotiations, CMS on Monday announced new voluntary options for Inpatient Rehabilitation Facilities to settle disputes over denied Medicare Part A claims.

Alexander, Murray just released updated legislation to address 'surprise' medical bills. Here's what made the cut.

June 20, 2019


Sens. Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) and Patty Murray (D-Wash.) on Wednesday formally introduced a wide-ranging bill to address so-called "surprise" medical bills that would establish a benchmark provider payment rate for out-of-network services, instead of the arbitration process favored by hospital industry groups.

What happens when a hospital gets 4,500 scam calls in just 2 hours?

June 20, 2019


Tufts Medical Center in April 2018 received almost 5,000 scam phone calls in two hours, bringing communications at the hospital to a standstill—and it is not the only health care provider to be hit with such calls.

Pharmacy identifies another cancer-causing chemical in US heart drugs

June 20, 2019


Valisure, an online pharmacy, in a filing to FDA last week said it discovered the carcinogen dimethylformamide in the common heart drug valsartan—marking the fourth carcinogen found in the drug.

How CMS wants to change Medicare Part D prior authorization requirements

June 20, 2019


CMS on Monday proposed a rule intended to streamline Medicare Part D's electronic prior authorization process by circumventing certain HIPAA requirements.

Why these diabetes patients are caravanning to Canada

June 19, 2019


U.S. residents increasingly are visiting Canada to purchase insulin, as costs for the diabetes treatment in the United States have spiked in recent years.

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