April 22, 2019
Montana's Legislature last week approved a bill that would extend the state's current Medicaid expansion for an additional six years, and add work requirements.
Teaching hospitals, rural hospitals, and others that serve a high proportion of dual-eligible patients faced lower penalties under Medicare's Hospital Readmissions Reduction Program in fiscal year 2019 after CMS updated how the program calculates penalties, according to a study published last week.
April 19, 2019
CMS on Thursday released its final Notice of Benefit and Payment Parameters for the 2020 coverage year, which details the agency’s plans to lower total premium assistance and increase generic drug use.
CMS this week released proposed rules that would increase payments for inpatient rehab facilities and inpatient psychiatric facilities by 2.3%, or $195 million, and 1.7%, or $75 million, respectively, for fiscal year 2020.
The Trump administration will no longer defend in court a rule issued under former President Barack Obama's administration that prohibits health care providers and insurance companies from discriminating against transgender individuals—but the Trump administration is expected to release an updated rule by the end of this month.
A study of 100,000 people released earlier this month shows 23andMe's genetic test would have missed identifying the increased breast cancer risk of nearly 90% of women who carry a BRCA mutation, which increases their likelihood of cancer.
American Health Line rounds up the latest health care news in the states.
April 18, 2019
FDA in a rare move recently approved a new prescription weight-loss device that allows users to feel satiated without altering the bloodstream or targeting the brain.
The Department of Justice on Wednesday announced federal prosecutors are charging 60 health care providers for their alleged involvement in illegally distributing millions of pain pills.
April 17, 2019
The Department of Homeland Security is considering whether to designate fentanyl as a weapon of mass destruction, according to an internal memo.
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