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A judge just ruled that 340B cuts are illegal (but the rule hasn't been vacated yet)

January 2, 2019


A federal district court judge last week ruled HHS unlawfully cut Medicare Part B reimbursements for drugs purchased via Medicare's 340B program, siding with the American Hospital Association and other hospital groups.

Weekly Line: Are Trump administration officials steering US residents to private health plans?

December 14, 2018


The Affordable Care Act's (ACA) federal open enrollment period ends Saturday, and so far total signups are lagging behind last year's total.

The healthiest (and least healthy) states, mapped

December 13, 2018


Hawaii is the healthiest U.S. state, according to the United Health Foundation's latest rankings, which considers 38 measures related to clinical care, policies, health outcomes, and more.

Meet John O'Brien, Azar's new senior adviser on drug pricing

December 10, 2018


John O'Brien, a former executive at CareFirst Blue Cross Blue Shield, will oversee the Trump administration's implementation of a proposed Medicare Part B drug pricing model intended to bring provider reimbursements in line with prices paid in other countries.

Despite 'glimmers of stability,' Moody's predicts worsening financial outlook for nonprofit hospitals

December 10, 2018


Nonprofit hospitals will continue to see expenses outpace revenue in 2019 because of a number of factors, including weak inpatient admissions and increases in bad debt, according to a new report from Moody's Investors Service.

What's behind the slowdown in US health spending? Declining demand, CMS finds.

December 7, 2018


CMS actuaries say U.S. health care spending increased by 3.9% to $3.5 trillion in 2017, down from a growth rate of 4.3% in 2016.

Many Medicare Advantage provider directories are still inaccurate, federal audit finds

December 7, 2018


Nearly 50% of Medicare Advantage directories that beneficiaries use to find a provider contained at least one inaccuracy, according to a federal audit released last week.

How the Trump admin wants to make health care more competitive

December 6, 2018


HHS, the Department of Labor, and the Department of the Treasury in a 119-page report recommend reforms across the U.S. health care market to promote choice and competition.

This woman's viral letter shed a light on the cost barriers to organ transplants

December 6, 2018


Hedda Martin, a 60-year-old Michigan resident who needs a heart transplant, was denied the procedure and told to raise $10,000 before providers would consider the transplant—and her viral social media post has shed a light on how cost can be a barrier to patients in need of new organs.

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