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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.

Chinese citizen indicted for stealing health data of 79M US residents

May 14, 2019


The Department of Justice on Thursday announced that a federal grand jury has indicted a Chinese citizen, Fujie Wang, and unnamed accomplices for cyber intrusions into U.S. companies, including the 2015 Anthem data breach that affected nearly 79 million U.S. residents.

When a 'John Doe' enters the ED, a high-stakes game of detective begins

May 13, 2019


Hospital staff must do a bit of sleuthing when unidentified patients arrive at the emergency department, all while providing care without the patients' medical histories.

'Pretty much unbeatable': How hospitals are fighting the deadly C. auris outbreak

May 13, 2019


Hospitals in the United States and abroad in recent years have been grappling with a little-known drug-resistant fungus called Candida auris—and some experts say its silent spread raises questions about CDC's hospital reporting policies for such outbreaks.

Trump calls for an end to 'surprise' medical bills and signals support for Rx drug imports

May 10, 2019


President Trump on Thursday called on Congress to propose and approve legislation to address so-called "surprise" medical bills and vowed to allow states to import lower-cost prescription drugs from other countries.

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