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Amid epidemic, opioid reversal drug saw a 600% price surge, Senate report finds

November 21, 2018

A report from the Senate's Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations found the price of EVZIO, a drug designed to reverse an opioid drug-related overdose, increased from $575 per unit in 2014 to $4,100 per unit in 2017.

Improper Medicare payments fall to record low, CMS says

November 20, 2018

CMS says the 2018 Medicare Fee-For-Service (FFS) improper payment rate decreased from 9.51% in fiscal year (FY) 2017 to 8.12% in FY 2018, marking the second consecutive year the agency's improper Medicare FFS payment rate is less than 10%.

Young adults are most likely to be uninsured, CDC data show

November 19, 2018

CDC says about 28.5 million U.S. residents—or 8.8% of population—were uninsured during the first six months of 2018, marking no "significant change" from the previous year.

In the states: California OKs CVS-Aetna merger, Michigan gets approval to negotiate Medicaid drug prices, and more

November 16, 2018

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

CMS gives states more flexibility to cover inpatient mental health care

November 14, 2018

CMS under a new waiver will allow states to use federal funding to pay for up to 30 days of treatment for Medicaid beneficiaries being treated at institutions of mental disease primarily for a mental health condition.

How one community hospital has remained independent for nearly a decade

November 14, 2018

Saint Anthony Hospital in Chicago nearly a decade ago took a risk and separated from Ascension to strike out on its own—and so far the hospital largely has been able to stay in the black.

Meet the lawmakers poised to shape health care in the 116th Congress

November 12, 2018

Prescription drug costs, the Affordable Care Act, and "Medicare-for-All" are among the key policy issues leaders of the 116th Congress likely will address.

How CMS wants to streamline Medicaid managed care regulations

November 9, 2018

CMS has issued a new proposed rule intended to give states more flexibility in how they oversee Medicaid managed care plans and make changes to network-adequacy standards for such plans.

Congress, divided: What Tuesday's election results mean for health care

November 7, 2018

In Tuesday's midterm elections, Republicans expanded their Senate majority but lost control of the House—likely meaning the GOP effort to repeal the Affordable Care Act is dead, and giving Democrats new leverage to scrutinize President Trump's health policy choices.

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