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38 hospitals are suing HHS over site-neutral payments

January 24, 2019

Nearly 40 hospitals on Friday filed a lawsuit against HHS claiming that HHS Secretary Alex Azar overstepped his authority when he finalized a site-neutral payment policy that cuts Medicare payment rates for off-campus hospital facilities.

Where the Democratic presidential candidates stand on health care

January 23, 2019

Over the past few weeks, several candidates have announced they are seeking the Democratic nomination for president in 2020—and they all have indicated health care will be one of their major priorities. American Health Line explores where each of the Democratic presidential hopefuls stand on health care.

CMS unveils new Medicare Part D payment model, updates MA model

January 22, 2019

CMS on Friday announced new interventions that Medicare Advantage plans will be able to test under the value-based insurance design model, as well as a new model for Medicare Part D designed to make plans take on more financial risk.

MA plan signups continue to rise. See the trend, charted.

January 18, 2019

Preliminary CMS data show signups for Medicare Advantage plans increased by 6.8% since January 2018.

SCOTUS hears oral arguments in a $4B Medicare payment case

January 17, 2019

The Supreme Court on Tuesday heard oral arguments in a case that challenges CMS' changes to Medicare's disproportionate-share hospital payment formula.

Why are Rx prices increasing? A House panel just launched an investigation to find out.

January 17, 2019

The House Oversight and Reform Committee on Monday launched an investigation into how prescription drug companies set prices for their products, focusing on drugs that comprise a large share of Medicare Part D spending and treatments that have experienced significant price increases.

How this rural hospital became a 'unicorn'—reopening after a devastating closure

January 16, 2019

Timberlands Healthcare, a rural hospital in Crockett, Texas, in 2017 became one of the many rural hospitals in Texas to shut its doors, but with the help of two Austin-based physicians, the hospital reopened under a new name and a with new vision for the future.

Democrats are looking to lower Rx drug prices. Here's how.

January 11, 2019

Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) and Reps. Elijah Cummings (D-Md.) and Ro Khanna (D-Calif.) on Thursday introduced legislation intended to lower prescription drug costs in the United States, including measures that would allow U.S. residents to import drugs and Medicare Part D to negotiate drug prices.

Shutdown, Day 19: FDA suspends some food and drug activities, IHS facilities face closures, and more

January 10, 2019

FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb says the agency has suspended all routine inspections of U.S. food-processing facilities because of the partial government shutdown, which caused FDA to furlough about 41% of its staff, but he is working on a plan to bring back some food inspectors as soon as next week to inspect facilities that are considered high-risk.

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