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Why did FDA wait 6 weeks to tell the public about an E. coli outbreak?

November 6, 2019


An E. coli outbreak tied to romaine lettuce infected 23 people between July and September of this year, and while CDC and FDA learned the source of the outbreak in early October, FDA did not announce the outbreak publicly until last week.

What today's elections mean for health care

November 5, 2019


Gubernatorial and legislative elections being held Tuesday in Kentucky, Mississippi, and Virginia, as well as a gubernatorial election that will be held later this month in Louisiana, could decide whether hundreds of thousands of U.S. residents have access to Medicaid coverage.

As vaping-linked illness cases exceed 1,800, medical groups are calling for action

November 5, 2019


A coalition of medical groups are calling on Congress and the Trump administration to more closely regulate tobacco and e-cigarette companies as the number of cases of a vaping-linked lung illness exceeds 1,800.

HHS looks to roll back protections for sexual orientation, gender identity in federal health grants

November 5, 2019


HHS on Friday issued a proposed rule that would allow entities that receive grants from federal health agencies to choose not to work with people based on their sexual orientation or gender identity.

Judge temporarily blocks policy to deny visas to immigrants without health coverage

November 5, 2019


A federal judge on Saturday temporarily blocked a Trump administration policy under which the federal government would deny immigrants visas if they cannot prove they can afford to cover their medical expenses or that they will be enrolled in health coverage.

In June, FDA announced a patient died from a fecal transplant. Now the doctors are speaking out.

November 5, 2019


Doctors from the hospital that treated a patient who died after a fecal microbiota transplant published a case study on Wednesday in the New England Journal of Medicine that offers more details on the case as well as another case in which a patient became severely ill from the procedure.

CMS delays controversial price transparency requirements—and other key takeaways from the HOPPS final rule

November 4, 2019


CMS on Friday released a final rule to update Medicare's Hospital Outpatient and Ambulatory Surgical Center Payment Systems for calendar year 2020, in which the agency said it will continue to implement site-neutral payment cuts and cuts under Medicare's 340B Drug Discount Program, despite separate court rulings striking down the policies.

How CMS will change Medicare payments to physicians in 2020

November 4, 2019


CMS on Friday issued a final rule to update the Medicare Physician Fee Schedule and Quality Payment Program (QPP) for calendar year 2020, which includes policies to shift QPP's Merit-based Incentive Payment System to a new conceptual framework and update evaluation and management visit payment rates.

Trump will nominate MD Anderson CMO to lead FDA

November 4, 2019


President Trump on Friday announced that he intends to nominate Stephen Hahn, CMO of MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, to serve as FDA commissioner—and Brett Giroir, assistant secretary for health at HHS, has replaced Ned Sharpless as FDA's acting commissioner until Hahn is confirmed.

How Georgia wants to redesign its individual health insurance market

November 4, 2019


Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp (R) on Thursday unveiled a proposal intended to overhaul the state's individual health insurance market under certain Affordable Care Act waivers.

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