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Federal judge OKs nation's first 'safe injection' site

October 4, 2019

A federal judge this week ruled that a Philadelphia nonprofit can open a medically supervised injection site under U.S. law, an unprecedented ruling that could open the door for other cities to pursue so-called "safe-injection" sites to combat the opioid epidemic.

Retailers pull popular heartburn drugs after FDA finds cancer-causing chemical

October 4, 2019

FDA this week announced that it has found "unacceptable levels" of the cancer-causing chemical it has detected in ranitidine drugs used to treat heartburn, including the common brand-name drug Zantac.

House committee chair proposes new fix for 'surprise' medical bills

October 3, 2019

House Ways and Means Committee Chair Richard Neal (D-Mass.) in a letter sent Friday to Democratic lawmakers proposed to address so-called "surprise" medical bills by allowing the Trump administration and stakeholder groups to form a committee to recommend regulations for out-of-network bills.

UPS is expanding its drone delivery program for medical supplies

October 3, 2019

The Federal Aviation Administration on Tuesday announced that it will allow the United Parcel Service to expand its drone medical supply delivery project in North Carolina.

DOJ inspectors slam DEA's efforts to prevent opioid epidemic

October 3, 2019

The Drug Enforcement Administration did not do enough to regulate the U.S. opioid supply over the past 20 years, even as the country's opioid epidemic worsened, according to a report released Tuesday by the Department of Justice's Office of Inspector General.

CMS wants states to experiment with wellness programs

October 2, 2019

CMS this week invited states to participate in a demonstration project that will allow them to implement wellness programs that require patients to meet specific health outcomes to receive rewards in their individual health insurance markets.

MSSP ACOs saved $739M in 2018, new CMS data shows

October 2, 2019

CMS Administrator Seema Verma in a blog post published Monday in Health Affairs announced that accountable care organizations participating in the Medicare Shared Savings Program generated $739.4 million in net savings in 2018.

HHS reallocates Planned Parenthood funding to other Title X participants

October 2, 2019

The Trump administration has reallocated federal funding totaling $34 million that became available when Planned Parenthood and other providers exited the Title X program because of new restrictions regarding abortion.

Hospitals question legality of CMS' price transparency proposal

October 1, 2019

CMS' public comment period for the 2020 Hospital Outpatient Perspective Payment System proposed rule ended last week, and the rule's more controversial proposals garnered hundreds of comments from hospital groups, insurers, and other industry stakeholders.

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