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Will lawmakers again suspend the ACA's health insurance tax?

November 11, 2019


A group of 51 House lawmakers have signed a bipartisan letter calling for another suspension of the Affordable Care Act's health insurance tax, which is scheduled to take effect next year.

Research shows many Medicare beneficiaries face high out-of-pocket costs

November 6, 2019


Many seniors and disabled U.S. residents grapple with high health care costs despite being enrolled in Medicare, according to research published this week.

Judge temporarily blocks policy to deny visas to immigrants without health coverage

November 5, 2019


A federal judge on Saturday temporarily blocked a Trump administration policy under which the federal government would deny immigrants visas if they cannot prove they can afford to cover their medical expenses or that they will be enrolled in health coverage.

CMS delays controversial price transparency requirements—and other key takeaways from the HOPPS final rule

November 4, 2019


CMS on Friday released a final rule to update Medicare's Hospital Outpatient and Ambulatory Surgical Center Payment Systems for calendar year 2020, in which the agency said it will continue to implement site-neutral payment cuts and cuts under Medicare's 340B Drug Discount Program, despite separate court rulings striking down the policies.

How CMS will change Medicare payments to physicians in 2020

November 4, 2019


CMS on Friday issued a final rule to update the Medicare Physician Fee Schedule and Quality Payment Program (QPP) for calendar year 2020, which includes policies to shift QPP's Merit-based Incentive Payment System to a new conceptual framework and update evaluation and management visit payment rates.

How Warren would pay for 'Medicare for All'

November 4, 2019


Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), who is seeking the 2020 Democratic nomination for president, on Friday unveiled how she would pay for a so-called "Medicare-for-All" plan without raising taxes on middle-income U.S. residents.

CMS finalizes Medicare payment updates for home health and kidney care

November 1, 2019


CMS on Thursday finalized two separate rules that will increase Medicare payments for home health agencies and end-stage renal disease care.

Trump admin faces lawsuit over policy to deny visas to immigrants without health insurance

November 1, 2019


Seven U.S. citizens and a nonprofit organization this week filed a lawsuit that seeks to block the Trump administration's recent decision to deny immigrants visas if they cannot prove they can afford to cover their medical expenses or that they will be enrolled in health coverage.

More than 1,500 hospitals will receive VBP bonuses in FY 2020

October 31, 2019


CMS on Tuesday announced that over 1,500 hospitals will receive bonuses in fiscal year 2020 under Medicare's Value-based Purchasing program.

House passes bills to increase transparency around PBM rebates

October 31, 2019


The House on Monday voted unanimously to approve two bills that would increase transparency of the discounts drugmakers offer pharmacy benefit managers.

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