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CMS will soon accept applications for a new value-based primary care model

November 27, 2019


CMS on Monday announced that health care providers next month will be able to start applying for the direct contracting pathways under the agency's new Primary Care First alternative payment model.

In the states: Louisiana cuts 46K beneficiaries from Medicaid, a third judge strikes down HHS' 'conscience protection' rule, and more

November 27, 2019


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

E. coli is threatening your Thanksgiving dinner. (Again.)

November 26, 2019


CDC is once again warning U.S. residents that their romaine lettuce might contain E. coli, noting that 40 cases of E. coli infection tied to romaine lettuce have been reported across 16 states.

FDA is approving more generic drugs than ever. So why can't consumers buy them?

November 26, 2019


FDA in recent years has approved a record number of generic drugs to treat cancer, heart conditions, and other diseases, but many patients do not have access to the lower-cost treatments and are forced to rely on higher-cost, brand-name drugs.

Medicaid work requirements are facing another legal challenge—this time, in Michigan

November 26, 2019


Three advocacy groups on behalf of four Medicaid beneficiaries last week filed a lawsuit seeking to block Michigan from implementing Medicaid work requirements that HHS approved last year.

As vaping-related illness cases hit nearly 2.3K, Trump questions flavored e-cigarette ban

November 25, 2019


More public health experts and groups are calling on the Trump administration to ban flavored e-cigarettes—an intensifying push that came just days before President Trump in a meeting with industry stakeholders voiced concerns about the effect of such a ban.

Hundreds of hospitals sue HHS for cutting Medicare reimbursements

November 25, 2019


Hundreds of hospitals last week filed lawsuits claiming HHS illegally reduced their Medicare reimbursements.

Tennessee submitted its controversial request for block-grant Medicaid funding. Will CMS approve it?

November 22, 2019


Tennessee this week formally submitted to CMS a controversial Medicaid waiver proposal to convert the state's Medicaid financing structure from an open-ended federal funding system into a block-grant system—a proposal that is widely supported by conservatives but is likely to face legal challenges if approved.

Why CMS' proposed star ratings changes might not help consumers

November 22, 2019


Members of a CMS advisory panel are worried that potential long-term changes to CMS' star-ratings methodology for hospitals would not actually help consumers make informed decisions about where to go for care.

In the states: California, New York sue Juul for allegedly targeting teens; South Dakota launches 'Meth. We're On It' campaign; and more

November 22, 2019


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

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