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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.

Trump admin will deny visas to those without health insurance

October 7, 2019


President Trump on Friday issued a proclamation that could deny immigrants' visas if they cannot prove they can afford to cover their medical expenses or that they will be enrolled in health coverage.

Trump issues executive order to expand private Medicare plans

October 4, 2019


President Trump on Thursday issued an executive order that aims to expand private Medicare Advantage (MA) plans, more closely align Medicare fee-for-service payments with MA and commercial plans, and implement other Medicare reforms.

What hospital ombudsmen really do (and why some patients hire their own advocates instead)

October 3, 2019


To navigate an increasingly complex and at times overwhelming health care system, patients are turning to hospital ombudsmen and private patient advocates to navigate their care.

MSSP ACOs saved $739M in 2018, new CMS data shows

October 2, 2019


CMS Administrator Seema Verma in a blog post published Monday in Health Affairs announced that accountable care organizations participating in the Medicare Shared Savings Program generated $739.4 million in net savings in 2018.

Hospitals question legality of CMS' price transparency proposal

October 1, 2019


CMS' public comment period for the 2020 Hospital Outpatient Perspective Payment System proposed rule ended last week, and the rule's more controversial proposals garnered hundreds of comments from hospital groups, insurers, and other industry stakeholders.

Do value-based payment programs work?

October 1, 2019


Medicare has increasingly emphasized value-based payment programs since the Affordable Care Act's enactment, but nearly a decade later, experts are still weighing whether these value-based initiatives work, health economist Austin Frakt writes for the New York Times' "The Upshot."

DOJ charges 35 individuals in $2B Medicare scam

October 1, 2019


The Department of Justice last week announced that it has brought charges against 35 individuals, including 10 medical professionals, for their alleged role in a Medicare scam involving dozens of telemedicine companies and genetic testing laboratories.

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