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Medicare wants to revamp ambulance payments, aiming to prevent avoidable ED visits

February 15, 2019


HHS on Thursday announced the launch of a new voluntary payment model for emergency ambulance services—called the Emergency Triage, Treat, and Transport (ET3) model—that would allow Medicare to reimburse first responders for care delivered on-site or via telemedicine, even if patients are not taken to a hospital.

'Medicare at 50': Inside Democrats' latest plan to dramatically expand Medicare

February 14, 2019


A group of House and Senate Democrats on Wednesday introduced a bill that would allow U.S. residents to buy into Medicare once they reach age 50, and would allow them to use Affordable Care Act tax credits and cost-sharing subsidies to do so.

Where Democratic presidential hopefuls Delaney, Klobuchar stand on health care

February 13, 2019


Former Rep. John Delaney (D-Md.), who is seeking the Democratic nomination for president, recently discussed the details of his proposal to implement a universal health care system in the United States, as Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.) this week announced she is joining the swath of Democrats seeking the nomination.

HHS wants to bolster patients' access to their electronic health data. Here's how.

February 12, 2019


HHS on Monday proposed two new rules that aim to give patients greater access to their electronic health information—and call out health care providers who impede health data sharing.

Democrats introduce bill to let Medicare negotiate drug prices

February 11, 2019


Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio) and Rep. Lloyd Doggett (D-Texas) on Thursday introduced a bicameral bill intended to lower prescription drug costs by allowing HHS to negotiate the prices of drugs covered by Medicare Part D and Medicare Advantage plans.

These 6 senators are asking hard questions about 'surprise' medical bills

February 7, 2019


A bipartisan group of senators this week sent letters to health care providers and insurers to learn more about their out-of-network billing and payment practices—a step toward potential legislation to rein in so-called "surprise" medical bills.

Booker's announced he's running for president. Here's where he stands on health care.

February 4, 2019


Sen. Cory Booker (D-N.J.) on Friday announced he is running for the Democratic presidential nomination—and health care is expected to play a role in his campaign.

There's 'no evidence' that HRRP increases patient deaths, former Obama official contends

February 4, 2019


Weighing in on a heated controversy over the Hospital Readmissions Reduction Program (HRRP), Peter Orszag—who was director of the Office of Management and Budget when HRRP was created—argues in NEJM Catalyst that HRRP has "either no effect or a beneficial one on mortality."

HHS just released its long-anticipated proposed rule on PBM rebates. Here's what's inside.

February 1, 2019


HHS on Thursday released a proposed rule aimed at lowering prescription drug prices by revising federal protections that currently allow drug manufacturers to pay rebates to Medicare Part D plans, Medicaid managed care plans, and pharmacy benefit managers.

CVS, Walgreens want to sink their teeth into dentistry

February 1, 2019


CVS and Walgreens are now offering teeth cleaning and straightening services at select locations as part of a push to provide a more diverse range of health services to customers.

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