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Planned Parenthood, ACLU sue Trump admin over 'conscience' rules

June 14, 2019

Advocacy groups on Tuesday filed lawsuits against HHS to block a Trump administration rule that will allow health care workers to deny care to patients based on the workers' religious beliefs.

Healthy people at risk of HIV infection should take PrEP, USPSTF now recommends

June 13, 2019

The United States Preventive Services Task Force on Tuesday for the first time recommended that doctors should offer pre-exposure prophylaxis to healthy people at risk of HIV infection.

FDA outlines how it will review e-cigarettes

June 13, 2019

FDA's new final guidance, which details the requirements e-cigarette manufacturers will have to meet when they submit their products for premarket review, comes after a federal judge last month ruled that FDA must begin reviewing thousands of e-cigarettes being sold in the United States.

Is it easier for small hospitals to land a 5-star patient experience rating?

June 12, 2019

Patients are more likely to give a five-star rating for patient experience to hospitals that do not offer common services such as emergency care and intensive care, according to a new study.

South Carolina asks for CMS' permission to impose work requirements without expanding Medicaid

June 12, 2019

South Carolina last month submitted a Medicaid waiver request to CMS that seeks to impose work requirements on certain Medicaid beneficiaries without expanding its Medicaid program under the Affordable Care Act.

Opioid suits lead Insys to file for bankruptcy—and other drugmakers could follow

June 12, 2019

Insys Therapeutics on Monday filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection, just days after the drugmaker agreed to pay $225 million to settle allegations that it paid kickbacks to physicians to encourage them to prescribe its highly addictive opioid—and some observers say similar allegations could cause other drugmakers to follow Insys' lead.

CMS wants to know: How can it reduce clinicians' administrative burdens?

June 11, 2019

CMS on Thursday issued a request for information seeking new recommendations on how the agency can continue to help reduce administrative burdens on providers and lower health care costs.

FDA targets e-cigarette companies over social media influencers' posts

June 11, 2019

FDA and the Federal Trade Commission on Friday sent warning letters to four companies that paid social media influencers to promote flavored e-cigarette liquids without including a mandatory warning that the liquids contain nicotine.

'Accelerated approval' can rush new cancer drugs to patients. But are they actually effective?

June 11, 2019

Cancer drugs that are granted accelerated approval by FDA often do not show clear outcomes benefits when more rigorous clinical trials are conducted, according to a study published last month.

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