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18 months, 4 Medicaid directors: Traylor becomes the latest Medicaid director to resign.

May 21, 2019


Chris Traylor, CMS' deputy administrator and director of the agency's Center for Medicaid and CHIP, on Friday announced he is stepping down from his role at the end of May, making him the fourth individual to leave the position in the past 18 months.

CMS postpones CAR T-cell therapy coverage decision

May 20, 2019


CMS on Friday announced it is postponing a final policy decision that will outline how Medicare will cover CAR T-cell immunotherapies nationwide.

5 states sue CMS over home health union rule

May 20, 2019


Nine home health workers, five states, and two unions have filed a lawsuit against CMS, arguing that a final rule that bars the use of Medicaid payments for home health worker union is illegal.

Inside CMS' rule to bolster drug price transparency in Medicare Part D, MA plans

May 17, 2019


CMS on Thursday released a final rule aimed at reducing out-of-pocket drug costs for beneficiaries enrolled in Medicare Part D and Medicare Advantage plans by increasing price transparency.

CMS cracks down on 'spread pricing' in Medicaid

May 17, 2019


CMS on Wednesday released regulatory guidance intended to clarify how state Medicaid programs should account for so-called "spread pricing" when calculating their medical loss ratios.

FDA must begin reviewing e-cigarettes, judge rules

May 17, 2019


A federal judge on Wednesday ruled that FDA must begin reviewing thousands of e-cigarettes being sold in the United States, siding with public health groups that challenged the agency's decision to delay the product reviews for several years.

Judge blocks new liver donor allocation policy amid legal challenge

May 16, 2019


A federal judge on Wednesday blocked a new liver allocation policy in the United States, after HHS declined to further delay the policy's implementation.

'Don't drink while pregnant': Could this common warning actually backfire?

May 15, 2019


State policies that warn against drinking while pregnant and those aimed at helping women who drink while pregnant actually might be backfiring and harming babies, according to a study published last week.

$25,175 for a single stitch? Why plastic surgeons drive so many 'surprise' medical bills.

May 14, 2019


Meghan Candee, a pediatric neurologist, was stunned to learn that a plastic surgeon had charged her insurer more than $25,000 for placing a single stitch to treat a small cut under her daughter's eyebrow—but plastic surgery often leads to so-called "surprise" medical bills, and lawmakers are cracking down.

FDA finalizes long-awaited guidance on biosimilar interchangeability

May 14, 2019


FDA on Friday released long-awaited final guidance on how the agency will determine whether biosimilar drugs can be interchanged with their brand-name biologic counterparts.

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