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Medicare Part D premiums will drop for 3rd consecutive year, CMS projects

August 5, 2019


CMS on Tuesday announced the average basic premium for Medicare Part D plans is projected to decline in 2020 for the third year in a row, falling from $32.50 this year to $30 next year.

CMS finalizes 2020 payment rules for SNFs, hospices, inpatient rehab, psych facilities

August 5, 2019


CMS last week released rules finalizing Medicare payment adjustments for skilled nursing facilities, hospices, and inpatient rehabilitation and psychiatric facilities for fiscal year 2020.

How Medicare wants to help doctors fill in the gaps in patients' medical histories

August 5, 2019


CMS on Tuesday unveiled a new pilot program intended to help providers fill gaps in Medicare beneficiaries' medical histories by giving providers access to Medicare claims data that contain a beneficiary's previous diagnoses, procedures, and more.

CMS proposes 1.7% bump to Medicare payments for dialysis providers

August 5, 2019


CMS last week released a proposed rule that would update Medicare policies and payments for the End-Stage Renal Disease program and aims to promote the adoption of new equipment and supplies among dialysis facilities.

Weekly Line: How to pay for 'Medicare for All'? It's a sticking point for Democratic presidential candidates.

August 2, 2019


Candidates seeking the 2020 Democratic nomination for president again squared off during back-to-back debates this week, and "Medicare for All" once again was a major point of contention

Congress passes two-year budget deal, averting automatic spending cuts

August 2, 2019


The Senate on Thursday voted 67-28 to approve a two-year budget deal that raises the U.S. debt ceiling, sets new federal spending levels, averts $125 billion in automatic spending cuts, and opens the door for negotiations on individual appropriations measures for next fiscal year.

How Harris' 'Medicare-for-All' plan differs from the rest

August 2, 2019


Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.), who is seeking the 2020 Democratic nomination for president, on Monday unveiled a so-called "Medicare-for-All" proposal that would allow private health insurers to offer Americans coverage modeled after Medicare Advantage plans.

Weekly Line: Would Medicare for All really cause 'every hospital' to close?

July 26, 2019


Health reform is shaping up to be a key topic in the 2020 Democratic presidential primaries, and "Medicare-for-All" proposals are perhaps the most contentious component of the debate. 

Senate panel approves sweeping bill to lower Rx prices—but changes might be in store

July 26, 2019


The Senate Finance Committee on Thursday voted 19-9 to advance a bipartisan bill aimed at lowering prescription drug costs, but the bill might face opposition in the full Senate unless it undergoes substantial revisions.

The Trump admin's top 3 health care priorities

July 25, 2019


HHS Secretary Alex Azar on Tuesday laid out three of the Trump administration's top health care priorities heading into the 2020 election.

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