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SCOTUS hears oral arguments in census case that could affect Medicaid funding

April 25, 2019


The Supreme Court on Tuesday appeared divided on a case to determine whether the U.S. census can ask respondents about their citizenship status—a move some states and cities have argued would exacerbate undercounting of certain populations and jeopardize Medicaid and other population-based federal funding.

Federal prosecutors file first criminal charges against drug distributor over opioid epidemic

April 24, 2019


The Department of Justice on Tuesday announced that federal prosecutors for the first time have filed criminal charges against a drug distributor and two of its former executives over their alleged involvement in fueling the U.S. opioid epidemic.

Trump admin will no longer defend transgender health protections in court

April 19, 2019


The Trump administration will no longer defend in court a rule issued under former President Barack Obama's administration that prohibits health care providers and insurance companies from discriminating against transgender individuals—but the Trump administration is expected to release an updated rule by the end of this month.

In the states: CDC ties multi-state E. coli outbreak to ground beef, Ohio gov. signs 'heartbeat' abortion ban into law, and more

April 19, 2019


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

DOJ charges 60 health care providers in largest-ever opioid take down

April 18, 2019


The Department of Justice on Wednesday announced federal prosecutors are charging 60 health care providers for their alleged involvement in illegally distributing millions of pain pills.

SCOTUS declines to hear case concerning Allergan patents transferred to Native American tribe

April 16, 2019


The Supreme Court on Monday declined to hear a case regarding the U.S. Patent Trial and Appeal Board's authority to determine the validity of patents Allergan transferred to the Saint Regis Mohawk Tribe.

How MACPAC wants to change DSH payments, Medicaid drug rebates, and more

April 16, 2019


Members of the Medicaid and CHIP Payment and Access Commission on Thursday voted to recommend Congress change statutory language governing Medicaid disproportionate share hospital payments and eliminate a cap on Medicaid drug rebates.

Should nurses be prosecuted for medical errors? A new case spurs debate.

April 16, 2019


Prosecutors in Tennessee have charged a nurse with reckless homicide and patient abuse for a fatal medical error—but some experts say the "unprecedented" charge could jeopardize patient safety by making hospital staff hesitant to report errors.

Six states, DC sue USDA for rolling back school-lunch nutrition standards

April 8, 2019


Six states and the District of Columbia on Wednesday filed a lawsuit challenging the United States Department of Agriculture's final rule to undo school-lunch nutrition standards put in place under former President Barrack Obama's administration.

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