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It's official: US has highest number of measles cases since the disease was eradicated

April 25, 2019

CDC in a statement Wednesday said the total number of U.S. measles cases in 2019 has exceeded the record for the highest number of measles cases in a single year since the United States eliminated the disease in 2000.

Colorado passes bill to create public health insurance option

April 25, 2019

Colorado's Legislature on Monday passed a bill that directs state officials to create a public health insurance option that would compete with both private insurance plans and plans sold through the state's health insurance exchange—though if it becomes law, the state first would need the federal government to sign off on the plan.

The intervention that cuts short-term anxiety and depression by 50% among end-of-life patients

April 25, 2019

More than a decade after FDA first approved a helmet that uses transcranial magnetic stimulation to treat major depressive disorder, researchers are still unsure of how exactly the science fiction-like device works.

2019 flu season is now the longest on record

April 25, 2019

This year's influenza season is now the longest on record, affecting between 36 million and 41.3 million people so far, according to a CDC report updated Friday.

FDA approves first generic naloxone spray designed for community use

April 25, 2019

FDA on Friday announced that it has approved the first generic naloxone nasal spray, which can reverse the effects of an opioid drug-related overdose, that is intended for use in a community setting by people with no medical training.

CMS just dropped its proposed rule for Medicare inpatient payments. Here's what's inside.

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.

FDA reminds public MMR vaccine is safe and effective as US measles cases surge

April 24, 2019

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.

Federal prosecutors file first criminal charges against drug distributor over opioid epidemic

April 24, 2019

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, Rite Aid will no longer sell tobacco to people younger than 21

April 24, 2019

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.

HHS just unveiled 5 new value-based payment models. Here's what you need to know.

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.

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