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How CMS is changing the exchange market for the 2020 coverage year

April 19, 2019


CMS on Thursday released its final Notice of Benefit and Payment Parameters for the 2020 coverage year, which sets rules for health plans sold through the Affordable Care Act's exchanges.

CMS proposes FY 2020 payment increases for inpatient rehab, psych facilities

April 19, 2019


CMS this week released proposed rules that would increase payments for inpatient rehab facilities and inpatient psychiatric facilities by 2.3%, or $195 million, and 1.7%, or $75 million, respectively, for fiscal year 2020.

In the states: CDC ties multi-state E. coli outbreak to ground beef, Ohio gov. signs 'heartbeat' abortion ban into law, and more

April 19, 2019


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

DOJ charges 60 health care providers in largest-ever opioid take down

April 18, 2019


The Department of Justice on Wednesday announced federal prosecutors are charging 60 health care providers for their alleged involvement in illegally distributing millions of pain pills.

Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital adopts a new approach billing

April 18, 2019


Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital is overhauling its billing practices following pushback over a policy not to contract with private insurers, the San Francisco Department of Public Health announced Tuesday.

Do workplace wellness programs actually lower costs? No, according to a new study.

April 18, 2019


Participating in a workplace wellness program encourages employees to exercise and manage their weight, but does not result in better health outcomes or lower health care spending, according to a study published Tuesday.

What 'Medicare for All' would really cost, according to 5 experts

April 17, 2019


Health reform and so-called "Medicare-for-All" plans are shaping up to be key issues in the 2020 presidential election, but it is unclear how these plans would affect U.S. health care expenditures. To get some answers, the New York Times asked a group of economists and think tanks for their projections.

Healthy food subsidies could save more than $100B in health care costs, research shows

April 17, 2019


Providing Medicare and Medicaid beneficiaries with so-called "healthy food prescriptions" could lower the risk of chronic illnesses and lead to billions of dollars in savings, according to a study recently published in the journal PLOS One.

Inside this little-known alternative to 'Medicare-for-All'

April 16, 2019


Democratic presidential candidates in recent months have voiced support for so-called "Medicare-for-All" proposals, but there is another more incremental health reform approach that is gaining traction among Democrats looking to move the United States toward a single-payer health care system.

Do you use a period-tracking app? You might be surprised where your data goes next.

April 16, 2019


Each month, tens of millions of women use menstruation- or pregnancy-tracking apps to log private details about their cycles, sexual activity, and family planning—and in some cases that data might end up in the hands of employers and insurers.

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