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What's driving higher drug spending in Medicare and Medicaid?

March 19, 2019


New data from CMS' Drug Spending Dashboards show drugs with only one manufacturer have driven the largest increases in Medicare and Medicaid drug spending.

Hospitals are spending big on CAR T-cell therapy. The problem? 'We have not been paid.'

March 18, 2019


Hospitals across the country are investing in CAR T-cell therapy, an innovative cancer treatment that utilizes a patient's own cells to fight their cancer—but many are finding it difficult to get reimbursed by insurers for the treatment.

440 rural nursing homes closed in the past decade. What happened to all their patients?

March 18, 2019


More than 440 rural nursing homes have closed over the past decade due to shifting payment policies and low Medicaid reimbursements—sometimes forcing patients to move hundreds of miles away on short notice to find care.

Weekly Line: Trump's budget is dead on arrival. But these 3 proposals might not be.

March 15, 2019


President Trump this week released his fiscal year (FY) 2020 budget proposal, and it was met with significant pushback from Democrats and Republicans alike. 

O'Rourke just joined the 2020 presidential race. Here's where he stands on health care.

March 14, 2019


Former Rep. Beto O'Rourke (D-Texas) on Thursday announced that he is seeking the 2020 Democratic nomination for president, and indicted health care will be a priority in his campaign.

Sanders to release a more expansive Medicare-for-All proposal

March 13, 2019


Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) in the coming weeks plans to introduce a new version of his so-called "Medicare-for-All" legislation that would expand benefits under the bill to include long-term care coverage.

Medicaid reforms, Medicare cuts, and more: Inside Trump's FY 2020 budget

March 12, 2019


The White House on Monday released President Trump's fiscal year 2020 budget proposal, which includes steep cuts to federal Medicaid funding, a national Medicaid work requirement, and a proposal to cut $854 billion in federal Medicare spending over 10 years.

Is at-home cancer treatment 'closer than you might think'?

March 11, 2019


Cancer patients undergoing chemotherapy can spend "hours a day in physician offices or outpatient clinics," but research shows providing cancer treatment at home could be a more effective solution, two oncologists write in STAT News.

How CMS is revamping its five-star ratings for nursing homes

March 11, 2019


CMS on Tuesday said it will implement various changes to its Nursing Home Compare Five-Star Quality Ratings, including lowering its threshold for penalties related to staffing levels and launching separate ratings for short-term and long-term care facilities.

Lawmakers look to expand, bolster proposed rule targeting drug rebates

March 8, 2019


Federal lawmakers are working on legislation that would bolster the Trump administration's proposal to revise federal protections that currently allow drug manufacturers to pay rebates to Medicare and Medicaid insurers and pharmacy benefit managers.

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