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.
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.
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.
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.).
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 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.
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.
February 22, 2019
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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