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What New Hampshire has learned from requiring hospitals to publish their prices

July 2, 2019

President Trump last week signed a controversial executive order directing HHS to require hospitals across the country to disclose the negotiated payment rates they set with health insurers, but New Hampshire's experience with a price transparency site suggests the practice might not lead to major savings.

HHS delays implementation of 'conscience protection' rule

July 2, 2019

HHS in a court filing Saturday said it is delaying implementation of a rule intended to enforce protections for health care professionals who have moral or religious objections to providing certain medical care, including abortion care and medically assisted death.

Medtronic insulin pumps could be hacked, FDA warns

July 1, 2019

FDA and Medtronic on Thursday announced a recall of Medtronic's MiniMed insulin pumps, citing the potential for hackers to manipulate the pumps.

CMS OKs Louisiana's plan to get 'unlimited access' to hep C treatment

July 1, 2019

CMS last week signed off on Louisiana's plan to test a subscription-based payment model for hepatitis C drugs intended to increase medication access for its Medicaid and prison populations.

Sanford, UnityPoint to merge into $11B 'regional giant'

July 1, 2019

Sanford Health and UnityPoint Health on Friday announced their intent to merge into an $11 billion integrated health system that, pending regulatory approval, would form a "regional giant" in the Midwest, according to the Wall Street Journal.

House Democrats outline health care funding priorities in FY 2020 spending packages

June 28, 2019

The House on Tuesday voted 227-194 to pass a "minibus" spending package that would increase funding for FDA and allocate money for the agency to establish safeguards around cannabidiol levels in food and dietary supplements.

Senate HELP committee advances 'surprise' bill legislative package

June 27, 2019

The Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee on Wednesday voted 20-3 to approve a bill intended address so-called "surprise" medical bills, reduce U.S. health care costs, and more, but senators have suggested the bill could undergo more changes before a floor debate next month.

FDA shuts down its database that shielded adverse event reports from the public

June 27, 2019

FDA on Friday said it has officially stopped using a database that had allowed medical device manufacturers to privately submit certain malfunction reports, and instead will look to improve its public reporting database and use real-world data to quickly identify and respond to medical device safety incidents.

San Francisco to become first city to ban e-cigarette sales

June 26, 2019

San Francisco's Board of Supervisors on Tuesday voted unanimously to approve an ordinance that would ban e-cigarette sales and distribution in the city, and San Francisco Mayor London Breed (D) has said she will sign the measure.

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