April 24, 2019
CMS on Tuesday issued its Inpatient Prospective Payment System proposed rule for fiscal year 2020, which would address payment disparities for rural and urban health facilities and increase add-on payments for emerging technology and therapies.
As U.S. measles cases continue to surge at a record-setting pace, FDA in a statement released Monday said the measles, mumps, and rubella vaccine is safe and effective.
The Department of Justice on Tuesday announced that federal prosecutors for the first time have filed criminal charges against a drug distributor and two of its former executives over their alleged involvement in fueling the U.S. opioid epidemic.
Walgreens Boots Alliance and Rite Aid on Tuesday in separate announcements said they will no longer sell tobacco to individuals under age 21 in an effort to reduce youth tobacco use, which has surged in recent years in large part because of rising e-cigarette use among teens.
April 23, 2019
HHS on Monday announced an initiative intended to shift primary care providers and other eligible professionals from fee-for-service payments to value-based payments using five new voluntary payment models.
About a dozen drugmakers for the first time have posted their prescription drug prices online, but experts say the new information might not give patients a better understanding of their drug costs.
The vast majority of U.S. hospitals use electronic health record (EHR) systems, but exactly how hospitals use their EHRs varies, according to a report released this month by the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT.
April 22, 2019
CMS on Friday released proposed rules that would increase fiscal year (FY) 2020 Medicare payments for skilled nursing facilities by 2.5%, or $887 million, and hospice facilities by 2.7%, or $540 million, when compared with FY 2019.
Montana's Legislature last week approved a bill that would extend the state's current Medicaid expansion for an additional six years, and add work requirements.
Teaching hospitals, rural hospitals, and others that serve a high proportion of dual-eligible patients faced lower penalties under Medicare's Hospital Readmissions Reduction Program in fiscal year 2019 after CMS updated how the program calculates penalties, according to a study published last week.
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