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Judge denies CMS' request to stay ruling striking down site-neutral payments

October 23, 2019


A federal judge on Monday denied CMS' request to modify and stay a prior ruling that struck down cuts to Medicare payment rates for off-campus hospital facilities.

State AGs announce settlement framework that could resolve thousands of opioid lawsuits

October 22, 2019


Attorneys general from four states on Monday released a framework for a $48 billion agreement with three of the United States' largest drug distributors and other pharmaceutical companies that could settle thousands of lawsuits claiming the companies fueled the opioid epidemic.

Amid legal uncertainty, Arizona halts plans to implement Medicaid work requirements

October 22, 2019


Arizona officials last week told CMS that the state is suspending its implementation of Medicaid work requirements amid legal uncertainty.

Drug companies reach last-minute settlement with Ohio counties in 'bellwether' opioid lawsuit

October 21, 2019


Two Ohio counties reached a $260 million settlement with three of the largest U.S. drug distributors and a drugmaker over their alleged role in fueling the opioid epidemic, potentially averting a highly anticipated federal court case.

Sutter Health reaches undisclosed settlement in antitrust lawsuit

October 17, 2019


Sutter Health has reached an undisclosed preliminary agreement to settle allegations of antitrust behavior brought by self-funded employers and joined by California's Office of the Attorney General (AG), the state AGs office announced yesterday.

Major US drug distributors, manufacturers seek to settle thousands of opioid cases for $50B

October 17, 2019


Three of the largest U.S. drug distributors and two manufacturers have reportedly reached an agreement to collectively pay nearly $50 billion in cash and addiction treatments to settle a consolidated case of thousands of lawsuits claiming the companies helped fuel the opioid epidemic, according to individuals familiar with the deal.

Was the Salt Lake City cop who arrested a nurse over a blood draw just a 'fall guy'?

October 16, 2019


When a video of a Salt Lake City police officer handcuffing a University of Utah Hospital nurse for refusing to draw blood from an unconscious patient went viral, the department fired him for his conduct—but now, the officer is suing the department and the city, saying he was following his supervisor's orders when he arrested the nurse.

Appeals court seems likely to rule against Medicaid work requirements

October 15, 2019


During oral arguments Friday, a three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit seemed likely to uphold a lower court ruling against Medicaid work requirements in Arkansas and Kentucky.

Judges temporarily block Trump admin's 'public charge' rule

October 14, 2019


Federal judges in three states on Friday temporarily blocked a final rule issued by the Trump administration that would allow federal officials to consider whether immigrants are receiving or are likely to receive Medicaid or other public benefits when reviewing their residency applications.

Nuns ask SCOTUS to review block on Trump contraceptive coverage rules

October 11, 2019


The Little Sisters of the Poor, an order of nuns, last week asked the Supreme Court to review a ruling by a federal appeals court that blocks the Trump administration's exemptions to the Affordable Care Act's contraceptive coverage rules.

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