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2019 flu season is now the longest on record

April 25, 2019

This year's influenza season is now the longest on record, affecting between 36 million and 41.3 million people so far, according to a CDC report updated Friday.

FDA approves first generic naloxone spray designed for community use

April 25, 2019

FDA on Friday announced that it has approved the first generic naloxone nasal spray, which can reverse the effects of an opioid drug-related overdose, that is intended for use in a community setting by people with no medical training.

CMS just dropped its proposed rule for Medicare inpatient payments. Here's what's inside.

April 24, 2019

CMS on Tuesday issued its Inpatient Prospective Payment System proposed rule for fiscal year 2020, which would address payment disparities for rural and urban health facilities and increase add-on payments for emerging technology and therapies.

FDA reminds public MMR vaccine is safe and effective as US measles cases surge

April 24, 2019

As U.S. measles cases continue to surge at a record-setting pace, FDA in a statement released Monday said the measles, mumps, and rubella vaccine is safe and effective.

Federal prosecutors file first criminal charges against drug distributor over opioid epidemic

April 24, 2019

The Department of Justice on Tuesday announced that federal prosecutors for the first time have filed criminal charges against a drug distributor and two of its former executives over their alleged involvement in fueling the U.S. opioid epidemic.

Walgreens, Rite Aid will no longer sell tobacco to people younger than 21

April 24, 2019

Walgreens Boots Alliance and Rite Aid on Tuesday in separate announcements said they will no longer sell tobacco to individuals under age 21 in an effort to reduce youth tobacco use, which has surged in recent years in large part because of rising e-cigarette use among teens.

HHS just unveiled 5 new value-based payment models. Here's what you need to know.

April 23, 2019

HHS on Monday announced an initiative intended to shift primary care providers and other eligible professionals from fee-for-service payments to value-based payments using five new voluntary payment models.

Drugmakers are posting their list prices online—but there's a catch

April 23, 2019

About a dozen drugmakers for the first time have posted their prescription drug prices online, but experts say the new information might not give patients a better understanding of their drug costs.

How are hospitals actually using their EHRs? See the answer, charted.

April 23, 2019

The vast majority of U.S. hospitals use electronic health record (EHR) systems, but exactly how hospitals use their EHRs varies, according to a report released this month by the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT.

CMS proposes payment increases for SNFs, hospice facilities for FY 2020

April 22, 2019

CMS on Friday released proposed rules that would increase fiscal year (FY) 2020 Medicare payments for skilled nursing facilities by 2.5%, or $887 million, and hospice facilities by 2.7%, or $540 million, when compared with FY 2019.

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