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What 8 different Democratic health plans would actually cost

October 17, 2019


Federal spending would increase by up to $34 trillion over a decade if the United States implemented Democrat-backed proposals to expand the Affordable Care Act's subsidies, create a public health insurance option, or establish a single-payer health care system, according to a new report.

Democratic candidates again debated 'Medicare for All,' but is that what voters want to hear?

October 16, 2019


Candidates seeking the 2020 Democratic nomination for president during Tuesday's primary debate touched on several health care topics, including abortion, the U.S. opioid epidemic, and so-called "Medicare-for-All" proposals—but a recent poll suggests the candidates did not discuss the health care issues voters most wanted to hear about.

CMS: More MA beneficiaries will enroll in top-rated plans in 2020

October 16, 2019


More than three-quarters of Medicare Advantage beneficiaries with prescription drug coverage are expected to enroll in plans with four- or five-star ratings for the 2020 coverage year, according to CMS quality star ratings data released Friday.

CBO: Pelosi's Rx drug pricing bill would save Medicare $345B, but result in fewer new drugs

October 15, 2019


House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's (D-Calif.) bill aiming to reduce prescription drug prices in the United States would save Medicare $345 billion from 2023 to 2029, but drugmakers would bring fewer new drugs to the market, according to a preliminary analysis by the Congressional Budget Office released Friday.

Should hospitals help a patient regain mobility—or protect them from falls? Sometimes, it's a tough choice.

October 15, 2019


Falls are the leading cause of fatal and nonfatal injuries for older Americans, but hospitals seeking to prevent falls are facing a conundrum over whether patients should remain bedbound to avoid dangers or move to regain their mobility.

Weekly Line: Trump's betting big on Medicare Advantage. Here's how the market's responding.

October 14, 2019


The Trump administration this year has ramped up its focus on Medicare Advantage (MA), looking to broaden MA plans' benefits and increase U.S. residents' access to the plans.

How HHS wants to update anti-kickback rules to support value-based care

October 10, 2019


HHS on Wednesday issued long-anticipated proposed rules to update anti-kickback and physician-referral regulations so they do not interfere with physicians' ability to participate in value-based payment arrangements.

Map: The best (and worst) states for aging, according to US News

October 10, 2019


U.S. News & World Report last week released its "Best States for Aging" list, which ranks all 50 states on how they address the needs of older adults. See how your state fared on our interactive map.

Map: See the 2,583 hospitals that face readmission penalties this year

October 8, 2019


Medicare last week began the latest payment adjustments to hospitals under the Hospital Readmissions Reduction Program, and more than 2,500 hospitals will face penalties for fiscal year 2020, according to a Kaiser Health News analysis.

Buttigieg released his plan to lower Rx drug prices. Here's what's inside.

October 8, 2019


South Bend, Indiana, Mayor Pete Buttigieg (D), who is seeking the 2020 Democratic nomination for president, on Monday released a plan intended to lower U.S. prescription drug costs that calls for allowing federal officials to negotiate the prices of drugs covered by some public health plans, capping some U.S. residents' out-of-pocket costs for drugs, and more.

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