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Patients' smartphones track their every step—even into the ED

January 7, 2019

It is no secret that many smartphone apps track users' locations and sell the (supposedly anonymous) data to advertisers, but increasingly, the data reveal so much detail that it is easy to identify the personal, individual specifics of people's behavior and movements—including where they live, what health care providers they visit, and more.

The little-known way consumers could challenge surprise medical bills in court

January 4, 2019

Many consumers get hit with surprise medical bills that can cost them thousands of dollars, but some legal experts believe consumers should be protected from surprise bills under provisions of contract law.

State AGs, House Democrats seek to overturn ruling declaring ACA unconstitutional

January 4, 2019

Sixteen states and the District of Columbia are appealing a federal judge's ruling that struck down the Affordable Care Act as unconstitutional.

In the states: Kasich signs Ohio bill effectively banning second-trimester abortions, US doctor being monitored for Ebola, and more

January 4, 2019

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

The ACA is unconstitutional—but it will remain in effect while ruling is appealed, judge says

January 2, 2019

A federal judge who late last year struck down the Affordable Care Act has clarified that the law should remain in place while his ruling is appealed, though he believes his ruling will be upheld.

A judge just ruled that 340B cuts are illegal (but the rule hasn't been vacated yet)

January 2, 2019

A federal district court judge last week ruled HHS unlawfully cut Medicare Part B reimbursements for drugs purchased via Medicare's 340B program, siding with the American Hospital Association and other hospital groups.

J&J knews its talc products contained asbestos, Reuters investigation suggests

December 18, 2018

Reuters reports that internal documents show Johnson & Johnson (J&J) knew the company's talc-based products sometimes were contaminated with carcinogenic asbestos, but J&J denies those claims.

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.

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