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Montana Legislature OKs bill to extend Medicaid expansion, add work requirements

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, rural hospitals faced reduced readmission penalties after CMS update, study shows

April 22, 2019

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.

How CMS is changing the exchange market for the 2020 coverage year

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 proposes FY 2020 payment increases for inpatient rehab, psych facilities

April 19, 2019

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.

Trump admin will no longer defend transgender health protections in court

April 19, 2019

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.

Why 23andMe might not detect your risk of breast cancer

April 19, 2019

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.

In the states: CDC ties multi-state E. coli outbreak to ground beef, Ohio gov. signs 'heartbeat' abortion ban into law, and more

April 19, 2019

American Health Line rounds up the latest health care news in the states.

FDA has approved a new weight-loss device. Here's how it works.

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.

DOJ charges 60 health care providers in largest-ever opioid take down

April 18, 2019

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.

Should fentanyl be considered a weapon of mass destruction?

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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