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Ryan calls for GOP to seek 'incremental' health care reforms

February 15, 2018


House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) says he "think[s] the best chance" Republicans have at changing the U.S. health care system is to seek "incremental" reforms, since larger-scale reforms likely would not have enough support to pass in the Senate.

Opioid misuse cost US economy more than $1T since 2001, report finds

February 15, 2018


Researchers say the U.S. opioid misuse epidemic's greatest financial costs stemmed from lost earnings and productivity as a result of opioid drug-related overdose deaths.

Ky. tests website for Medicaid beneficiaries to track hours under new work requirements

February 14, 2018


State officials say Medicaid beneficiaries affected by the state's new work requirements, which will take effect in July, will use the website to track their work, volunteer, or training hours, and that companies will be able to post job openings and volunteer opportunities on the site.

The health care provisions in Trump's budget proposal

February 13, 2018


President Trump's fiscal year (FY) 2019 budget proposal requests $95.4 billion in discretionary HHS funding—with some federal health care agencies seeing budget increases and others seeing budget cuts when compared with FY 2017.

The US is spending more on obesity-related health care, study finds

February 13, 2018


The study finds the share of U.S. national medical expenditures dedicated to treating obesity-rated illness in adults increased by 29% from 6.13% in 2001 to 7.91% in 2015—but spending levels varied by state.

White House outlines policies to lower Rx drug prices

February 12, 2018


The White House Council of Economic Advisers outlines several policy suggestions for lowering prescription drug prices in the United States, including ways to reduce incentives for Medicare providers to prescribe high-priced drugs and boost incentives to prescribe lower-priced drugs.

No-cost ridesharing does not lead to fewer patient no-shows, study finds

February 9, 2018


The study finds Medicaid beneficiaries who were offered a no-cost Lyft service were no less likely to miss primary care appointments than those who were not—though the researchers cite several study design limitations that might have affected the final results.

CMS OKs Tennessee medication adherence pilot for Medicaid beneficiaries

February 9, 2018


Tennessee plans to launch a two-year Medicaid demonstration project that will encourage pharmacists to work with certain Medicaid beneficiaries to ensure medications are not only taken as prescribed, but are appropriate for their medical conditions and safe when taken in conjunction with their other prescriptions.

In the states: Alabama files suit against opioid maker; South Dakota lawmakers advance bill to raise tobacco purchasing age, and more

February 9, 2018


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

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