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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.

The top 5 reasons patients sue doctors

December 5, 2018


Lee Goldsmith, a physician and a malpractice attorney, shares the five most common reasons why patients sue doctors.

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