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Senate rejects attempt to bring up Trump proposal to cut $7B in unspent CHIP funds

June 22, 2018


Rules that would allow the Senate to pass President Trump's rescissions measure by a simple majority vote are scheduled to expire today, meaning Wednesday's failed attempt to bring up the bill might mean the Senate will not have time to consider the measure.

House GOP's new 10-year budget proposal eyes health care cuts, ACA repeal

June 20, 2018


The House Budget Committee's 10-year GOP budget proposal calls for $537 billion in cuts to Medicare spending and a total of $1.5 trillion in cuts to spending on Medicaid and other health care programs.

AMA urges regulators to block CVS-Aetna merger

June 20, 2018


American Medical Association (AMA) President Barbara McAneny says, "After very careful consideration over the past months, the AMA has come to the conclusion that [the proposed] merger [between CVS Health and Aetna] would likely substantially lessen competition in many health care markets, to the detriment of patients."

MedPAC proposes cuts to freestanding EDs, imaging payments

June 20, 2018


Among other things, the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission's annual June report to Congress includes proposals "to ensure appropriate access to and use of hospital" emergency department services.

Report: HHS made $90.1B in improper Medicare, Medicaid payments last year

June 19, 2018


The Government Accountability Office in the report recommends the Office of Management and Budget develop guidance and a risk-based methodology to help HHS and other federal departments and agencies identify improper payments.

Lawmakers approve dozens of bills to address opioid epidemic

June 18, 2018


The House, which last week considered nearly 40 bills intended to address the opioid epidemic, is scheduled to continue voting on opioid-related legislation this week.

Are CMS' star ratings wrong? A new analysis argues CMS has miscalculated overall hospital ratings for years.

June 15, 2018


An analysis conducted by Rush University Medical Center in Chicago suggests CMS has been miscalculating hospitals' overall star ratings for about two years—possibly explaining why CMS earlier this week announced it would delay its scheduled July ratings update.

A judge just approved the $85B AT&T-Time Warner deal. What does that mean for health care's mega-mergers?

June 15, 2018


Experts say a federal judge's approval of a merger between AT&T and Time Warner could mean the Department of Justice will be less likely to successfully challenge the proposed merger between Aetna and CVS Health, as well as the proposed merger between Cigna and Express Scripts.

The air ambulance industry is skyrocketing (and so are the bills)

June 14, 2018


The air ambulance industry is booming due to medical advances, hospital closures, and loose regulations, but the sometimes-lifesaving flights can carry five-figure charges that can often lead to protracted billing disputes for privately insured patients.

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