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CMS OKs Louisiana's plan to get 'unlimited access' to hep C treatment

July 1, 2019


CMS last week signed off on Louisiana's plan to test a subscription-based payment model for hepatitis C drugs intended to increase medication access for its Medicaid and prison populations.

Sanford, UnityPoint to merge into $11B 'regional giant'

July 1, 2019


Sanford Health and UnityPoint Health on Friday announced their intent to merge into an $11 billion integrated health system that, pending regulatory approval, would form a "regional giant" in the Midwest, according to the Wall Street Journal.

House Democrats outline health care funding priorities in FY 2020 spending packages

June 28, 2019


The House on Tuesday voted 227-194 to pass a "minibus" spending package that would increase funding for FDA and allocate money for the agency to establish safeguards around cannabidiol levels in food and dietary supplements.

Senate HELP committee advances 'surprise' bill legislative package

June 27, 2019


The Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee on Wednesday voted 20-3 to approve a bill intended address so-called "surprise" medical bills, reduce U.S. health care costs, and more, but senators have suggested the bill could undergo more changes before a floor debate next month.

FDA shuts down its database that shielded adverse event reports from the public

June 27, 2019


FDA on Friday said it has officially stopped using a database that had allowed medical device manufacturers to privately submit certain malfunction reports, and instead will look to improve its public reporting database and use real-world data to quickly identify and respond to medical device safety incidents.

San Francisco to become first city to ban e-cigarette sales

June 26, 2019


San Francisco's Board of Supervisors on Tuesday voted unanimously to approve an ordinance that would ban e-cigarette sales and distribution in the city, and San Francisco Mayor London Breed (D) has said she will sign the measure.

It's official: Medicare will reimburse more hospitals for TAVR

June 26, 2019


CMS on Friday finalized requirements that relax the number of procedures required to receive Medicare and Medicaid reimbursement for transcatheter aortic valve replacements.

From 'secret' price disclosures to upfront out-of-pocket costs: Inside Trump's latest executive order on health care

June 25, 2019


President Trump on Monday signed an executive order aimed at increasing transparency of U.S. health care costs and quality that calls for requiring hospitals and physicians employed by hospitals to post their prices publicly, including the discounted prices they have negotiated with health insurers.

Centene, WellCare merger just cleared a 'big milestone'

June 25, 2019


Centene and Wellcare on Monday received their shareholder's approval to merge, but the companies still need regulatory approval for the proposed merger, which would form a combined entity with revenue of about $97 billion in 2019 on a pro forma basis and 22 million members nationwide.

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