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New hospital star ratings are out. See how hospitals fared on our map.

March 7, 2019

CMS last week updated hospital quality star ratings on Medicare's Hospital Compare website and proposed revamping its current model for rating hospitals.

HHS wants to fix kidney care system that 'pays for sickness rather than health,' Azar says

March 6, 2019

HHS Secretary Alex Azar on Monday said CMS' Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation is looking to change how Medicare pays for dialysis treatments and to increase the number of kidneys that are available for transplant.

CMS will penalize 800 hospitals for hospital-acquired conditions, the latest data show

March 4, 2019

This fiscal year, 800 hospitals will face monetary penalties under Medicare's Hospital-Acquired Condition Reduction Program—the highest number since the program was established five years ago. See how hospitals fared with American Health Line's interactive pay-for-performance map.

Where Hickenlooper, the latest Democrat to announce he's running for president, stands on health care

March 4, 2019

Former Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper (D), who in 2017 gained national attention for releasing a bipartisan health reform proposal, on Monday announced that he is joining the various candidates seeking the Democratic nomination for president.

Inside House Democrats' new 'Medicare-for-All' bill

February 28, 2019

Rep. Pramila Jayapal (D-Wash.) on Wednesday introduced a new "Medicare-for-All" bill that already has more than 100 co-sponsors and is more expansive than the Medicare-for-All proposal long championed by Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.).

How pharma execs are proposing to lower Rx drug costs. (Hint: It's not by lowering their prices.)

February 27, 2019

Pharmaceutical company executives during a Senate Finance Committee hearing on Tuesday offered some ideas for lowering prescription drug prices insurers and consumers pay, though they did not commit to lowering the list prices of their products.

CMS just launched a new Medicare coverage app. But is it helpful?

February 27, 2019

CMS recently launched a new mobile application that breaks down the medical devices and services Medicare covers, but the technology needed to use the app could present some challenges for Medicare beneficiaries.

CMS will resume terminating low-performing MA, Part D plans

February 26, 2019

CMS said it could terminate Medicare Advantage and Medicare Part D plans that have failed to receive a summary quality rating of at least three stars for three consecutive years.

Weekly Line: Medicare-for-All, universal coverage, and public options? Here's where the Democratic presidential candidates stand.

February 22, 2019

Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) this week joined the pack of candidates seeking the Democratic nomination for president in 2020, and unsurprisingly, he touted his "Medicare-for-All" proposal as a focus of his campaign. 

US will spend $6T on health care by 2027, CMS says. Here's what will drive that growth.

February 21, 2019

CMS' Office of Actuaries predicts average national spending growth in the United States will increase by 5.5% annually from 2018 to 2027, outpacing growth in the country's gross domestic product and reaching a total of nearly $6 trillion by 2027.

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