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CMS' top 3 priorities for 2019, according to Verma

January 31, 2019

CMS Administrator Seema Verma on Tuesday said the agency in 2019 will focus on rural health care provider payments, encouraging more providers to enter value-based payment models, and advancing the use of technology in Medicare.

New VA proposal could triple the number of veterans eligible for private-sector care

January 31, 2019

Veterans Affairs (VA) on Wednesday proposed new access to care standards that would give veterans greater access to VA-funded care at private health care providers.

CMS wants to raise MA payments, expand benefits in 2020

January 31, 2019

CMS on Wednesday released an advance notice of proposed changes for Medicare Advantage (MA) plans, which includes proposals to increase baseline payment rates for MA plans, lower cost-sharing requirements for some chronic pain treatments, and offer targeted benefits to improve the health of chronically ill beneficiaries.

Why this doctor works in a bathroom, a van, and the streets to combat drug overdoses

January 31, 2019

As the number of drug-related overdoses in public spaces continues to rise, physicians such as Jessie Gaeta are treating patients far outside the traditional exam room—including in bathrooms and on the streets.

Congress kicks off hearings on Rx drug prices, other health issues

January 30, 2019

Committees in the Senate and House on Tuesday began a series of hearings focused on health care issues, including prescription drug prices, protections for U.S. residents with pre-existing medical conditions, and health insurance options.

Why the 'hodgepodge' of ambulance routing protocols might hurt severe stroke patients

January 30, 2019

While emerging evidence suggests patients experiencing severe strokes fare better when taken to a hospital where they can receive a thrombectomy, the United States' assortment of ambulance protocols often can take them to other hospitals first.

How Kaiser Permanente is investing its $200M to fight homelessness

January 30, 2019

Kaiser Permanente recently revealed the first steps of its $200 million plan to reduce homelessness and increase affordable housing—the largest investment a private health care company has made to address the social determinants of health.

GoFundMe hosts 250,000 medical fundraisers each year. That's because the US health system is 'terrible,' its CEO says.

January 29, 2019

Each year, GoFundMe hosts more than 250,000 campaigns to pay for medical expenses, accounting for around a third of the money donated to the site—and in an interview with Kaiser Health News, GoFundMe CEO Rob Solomon said that statistic is a sign that the U.S. health system is "terrible" and "really broken."

The 35-day government shutdown is over—but uncertainty lingers at FDA

January 28, 2019

President Trump on Friday signed into law a bill that temporarily funds FDA, the Indian Health Service, and other federal agencies that were affected by the partial government shutdown that lasted a record 35 days—but experts say it is unclear how FDA will resume its operations and bring back furloughed staff.

The best (and worst) states for retiree health care, according to WalletHub

January 28, 2019

Minnesota, Hawaii, and Massachusetts topped WalletHub's list of the best places to retire in 2019 based on health care, but did not make WalletHub's list of the top-five best states for retirement overall.

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