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Judge denies CMS' request to stay ruling striking down site-neutral payments

October 23, 2019


A federal judge on Monday denied CMS' request to modify and stay a prior ruling that struck down cuts to Medicare payment rates for off-campus hospital facilities.

Amid legal uncertainty, Arizona halts plans to implement Medicaid work requirements

October 22, 2019


Arizona officials last week told CMS that the state is suspending its implementation of Medicaid work requirements amid legal uncertainty.

Sanofi pulls Zantac off the US market amid cancer concerns

October 22, 2019


French drugmaker Sanofi last week announced that it is recalling the common heartburn drug Zantac in the United States and Canada as a "precautionary measure," after U.S. and European health regulators linked the drug to a probable cancer-causing impurity.

J&J reaches $116.9M settlement in multistate case over vaginal mesh implants

October 21, 2019


South Carolina Attorney General Alan Wilson last week announced Johnson & Johnson and its medical device unit, Ethicon, have agreed to pay nearly $116.9 million to settle a multistate lawsuit alleging the companies deceptively marketed vaginal mesh implants.

FDA approves record-breaking 1,171 generic drugs in FY 2019

October 21, 2019


FDA last week announced that in fiscal year 2019, the agency approved a record high of 1,171 generic drugs.

Medicaid work requirements need better oversight, GAO says

October 16, 2019


CMS is not adequately overseeing the hundreds of millions of dollars being spent on administrative costs to implement Medicaid work requirements, according to a report released Thursday by the Government Accountability Office.

CMS: More MA beneficiaries will enroll in top-rated plans in 2020

October 16, 2019


More than three-quarters of Medicare Advantage beneficiaries with prescription drug coverage are expected to enroll in plans with four- or five-star ratings for the 2020 coverage year, according to CMS quality star ratings data released Friday.

CDC gives vaping-linked illness a new name

October 15, 2019


CDC on Friday released new guidance for clinicians to use to evaluate and treat patients with a lung illness officials believe is linked to e-cigarette use and vaping—and gave the illness a new name.

Appeals court seems likely to rule against Medicaid work requirements

October 15, 2019


During oral arguments Friday, a three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit seemed likely to uphold a lower court ruling against Medicaid work requirements in Arkansas and Kentucky.

Meet 'Milasen': The first-ever drug designed for just one patient

October 15, 2019


Eight-year-old Mila Makovec was diagnosed with a rare, usually fatal neurological disorder in 2016, but now—thanks to a drug that researchers developed specifically for her—many of Mila's symptoms have been halted or reversed, according to a report published Wednesday in the New England Journal of Medicine.

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