July 17, 2019
CMS on Monday announced a proposal to cover acupuncture for Medicare beneficiaries with chronic low-back pain who are enrolled in NIH-sponsored or CMS-approved clinical trials that are evaluating acupuncture as an alternative treatment to opioids.
July 16, 2019
Sens. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.), Kamala Harris (D-Calif.), and Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.), who each are seeking the 2020 Democratic nomination for president, have announced separate plans to address high prescription drug costs in the United States.
July 15, 2019
Former Vice President Joe Biden, who is seeking the 2020 Democratic nomination for president, today unveiled a health reform plan that aims to build on and protect the Affordable Care Act by providing Americans with the option to enroll in a public health plan and expanding eligibility for subsidies to purchase exchange plans.
CMS on Thursday released a proposed rule to update certain Medicare payment regulations under the Home Health Prospective Payment System and increase payments for home health agencies by 1.3%.
July 11, 2019
The Trump administration has withdrawn its proposed rule to prohibit drugmakers from paying rebates to pharmacy benefit managers under federal health programs, a White House spokesperson confirmed Wednesday.
President Trump on Wednesday issued an executive order that calls on HHS to overhaul the kidney care and donation allocation process, and HHS shortly after unveiled new payment models for Medicare providers who manage patients with kidney disease and end-stage renal disease.
Health inspectors from 2012 through 2016 cited nearly 90% of hospices for at least one deficiency—and about 20% of hospices had deficiencies serious enough to put patients in danger, according to a pair of reports released Tuesday by the HHS' Office of the Inspector General.
July 10, 2019
Charges for air ambulance services in 2016 were more than four times higher than the rate Medicare paid to transport patients via airplane or helicopter, according to a study recently published in Health Affairs.
July 9, 2019
Hospitals that participated in CMS' Comprehensive Care for Joint Replacement Model saved $997 more per care episode in their first two performance years when compared with control groups, according to a new analysis.
While many health systems struggle to implement price transparency tools, Allina Health in Minnesota has successfully implemented a tool that gives physicians real-time information about how much patients' prescriptions will cost.
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