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Shutdown, Day 14: The House passed a bill to reopen the government. (But it's going nowhere fast.)

January 4, 2019


The House on Thursday passed a spending measure that would end a partial federal shutdown that affects some health agencies, but President Trump has said he would veto the bill, and without his support, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) will not bring the bill for a vote in the Senate.

Naloxone should be prescribed alongside opioids, HHS recommends

January 4, 2019


HHS in new guidelines encourages health care providers to prescribe the overdose-reversal drug naloxone to patients taking prescription opioids who are at a high risk of overdosing on the drugs.

In the states: Kasich signs Ohio bill effectively banning second-trimester abortions, US doctor being monitored for Ebola, and more

January 4, 2019


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

Bristol-Myers Squibb to purchase Celgene in $74B deal

January 3, 2019


Drugmakers Bristol-Myers Squibb and Celgene say they have reached an agreement for Bristol-Myers to purchase Celgene, and the combined company could become the fourth largest pharmaceutical company in the United States.

How CMS plans to change MA's risk adjustment model in 2020

January 3, 2019


CMS in an advance notice details how the agency in 2020 plans to change the way it calculates risk scores used to determine payments for Medicare Advantage plans.

CMS cracked down on hospital readmissions. But did that policy cause more harm than good?

January 3, 2019


While the reduction in Medicare readmissions under the Hospital Readmissions Reduction Program (HRRP) initially might have "seemed like the win-win that policymakers had" sought, "a deeper look at [HRRP] reveals a few troubling trends," a group of cardiologists and health policy researchers write in a New York Times opinion piece.

Shutdown, Day 12: Who's furloughed at FDA and HHS—and who isn't?

January 2, 2019


A partial government shutdown—which started Dec. 22, 2018, and affects some federal health care agencies—occurred after the House, the Senate, and President Trump could not come to an agreement on a bill to extend funding for the federal government.

Warren is gearing up for a presidential run. Here's where she stands on health care.

January 2, 2019


Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) says she is getting ready to run for president in 2020, and health care is expected to be a key part of her presidential campaign.

CMS finalizes rule to make ACOs take on more risk

January 2, 2019


CMS has finalized a rule to overhaul the Medicare Shared Savings Program and accelerate the pathway for accountable care organizations to transition to two-sided risk models.

A judge just ruled that 340B cuts are illegal (but the rule hasn't been vacated yet)

January 2, 2019


A federal district court judge last week ruled HHS unlawfully cut Medicare Part B reimbursements for drugs purchased via Medicare's 340B program, siding with the American Hospital Association and other hospital groups.

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