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A federal judge struck down the ACA. Here's what you need to know.

December 17, 2018

A federal judge on Friday dealt the Affordable Care Act a major blow, ruling that the entire law, including its coverage expansions, payment models, and patient protections, are unconstitutional. But legal experts and public health officials noted the ruling has no immediate effects and is likely to be appealed.

Appeals court partially lifts block on Trump admin's contraceptive coverage exemptions

December 17, 2018

A federal appeals court partially upheld a ruling blocking a pair of final rules that allow more employers to seek exemptions from the Affordable Care Act's contraceptive coverage rules based on moral or religious grounds, but a lower court ruling will keep a nationwide injunction in place.

In the states: 4,000 mental health providers strike in California, Maine ordered to expand Medicaid in 2019, and more

December 14, 2018

American Health Line rounds up the latest health care news in the states.

Generic drug 'cartel' colluded to fix prices on 300 drugs, official claims

December 12, 2018

Connecticut's Assistant Attorney General Joseph Nielsen says a lawsuit alleging a group of generic drugmakers colluded to fix drug prices has expanded to include more than a dozen drugmakers and hundreds of generic drugs.

SCOTUS hears arguments in Rx drug patent case

December 12, 2018

The Supreme Court last week heard oral arguments in a case centered on whether confidential drug sales activate the one-year period in which drugmakers can apply for a patent.

'A giant step' or 'a disaster?' Why experts are split on the just-approved liver distribution policy.

December 11, 2018

The Organ Procurement and Transplantation Network and the United Network for Organ Sharing last week approved a new liver distribution policy intended to prioritize patients with the most urgent medical needs and reduce geographic disparities in the distribution of livers for transplant.

SCOTUS declines to hear case on whether patients can sue states over Medicaid funding

December 11, 2018

The Supreme Court denied requests from Kansas and Louisiana to hear cases regarding whether patients can challenge how states choose to allocate Medicaid funds—a decision that leaves in place lower court rulings barring the states from terminating Medicaid contracts with Planned Parenthood.

CMS finalizes rule on 2018 risk-adjustment payments

December 10, 2018

CMS under a new rule will "adopt the risk adjustment methodology that HHS previously established for the 2018 benefit year," which bases such payments on statewide average premiums.

Hospitals are suing to block Medicare's site-neutral payments

December 5, 2018

The American Hospital Association, the Association of American Medical College, and three independent health systems in a lawsuit argue that the Trump administration does not have the authority to implement a new site-neutral payment policy under Medicare.

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