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Hospitals are avoiding admitting Medicare patients to dodge financial penalties, study suggests

September 5, 2019


A study recently published in BMJ reinforces concerns that hospitals are treating Medicare patients in emergency departments and observation areas instead of admitting them to the hospital to avoid readmissions penalties.

'Nursefluencers' are taking over Instagram—and some critics are worried

September 5, 2019


Health care providers increasingly are becoming social media influencers—people who promote products in their pictures to their followers—but some critics worry the practice blurs the line between harmless social media and medically unethical practices.

CMS awards $10M in grants for ACA navigators

September 5, 2019


CMS on Friday announced it has awarded $10 million in grants to 34 Affordable Care Act navigators for the 2020 and 2021 open enrollment periods.

As mysterious lung illness spreads, federal officials issue a stark warning

September 4, 2019


CDC and FDA on Friday warned e-cigarette users against using vaping ingredients purchased from unauthorized vendors and modifying vaping products, citing an increase in cases of a mysterious lung illness tied to e-cigarette use and vaping.

CMS upgrades Medicare Plan Finder for the first time in a decade

September 4, 2019


CMS has launched a redesigned Medicare Plan Finder that aims to make it easier for Medicare beneficiaries to compare their coverage options.

FDA says hospitals should transition to duodenoscopes with disposable parts

September 4, 2019


FDA in a safety statement released Thursday advised health care facilities and manufacturers to transition to duodenoscopes with disposable endcap components to help reduce the spread of infection between patients.

CMS rejects Idaho's proposal to limit voter-approved Medicaid expansion

September 4, 2019


CMS on Thursday rejected Idaho's request to expand the state's Medicaid program, but allow individuals who are eligible for the expanded program to remain enrolled in Affordable Care Act exchange plans.

Trump admin ends 'deferred action' policy for undocumented immigrants undergoing life-saving medical care

September 3, 2019


U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services earlier this month quietly eliminated a policy that allowed undocumented immigrants to avoid deportation while they or their family members are receiving life-saving medical care—though the agency yesterday said it is reviewing whether to continue "a very limited" version of the policy.

Federal officials investigate 2 homicides, other suspicious deaths at VA medical center

September 3, 2019


Veterans Affairs (VA) last week announced that federal officials are investigating a string of suspicious patient deaths at the Louis A. Johnson VA Medical Center in West Virginia, including two homicides.

Medicare Part D spending on MS drugs increased tenfold as prices spiked, study suggests

September 3, 2019


Rising prices for multiple sclerosis drugs drove a more than sevenfold increase in out-of-pocket costs for Medicare Part D beneficiaries over a decade, according to a study published last week in JAMA Neurology.

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