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CMS' top 3 priorities for 2019, according to Verma

January 31, 2019

CMS Administrator Seema Verma on Tuesday said the agency in 2019 will focus on rural health care provider payments, encouraging more providers to enter value-based payment models, and advancing the use of technology in Medicare.

CMS approves Medicaid work requirements in Arizona—with an exemption for some Native Americans

January 22, 2019

CMS has approved Arizona's waiver request to impose work requirements on some of the state's Medicaid beneficiaries, with a first-of-its kind exemption for beneficiaries who are members of federally recognized tribes.

Shutdown, Day 28: Health groups urge Congress, Trump to end shutdown

January 18, 2019

Hundreds of health care groups on Thursday sent letters to President Trump and Congress, warning that a "prolonged" government shutdown could have "long-lasting health consequences."

Advocacy groups are challenging Kentucky's Medicaid work requirements (again)

January 17, 2019

Three advocacy groups on Monday filed a class-action lawsuit seeking to block Kentucky from imposing work requirements on the state's Medicaid beneficiaries, after CMS again approved the state's request to implement such requirements.

Here's where Trump's nominee for attorney general stands on health care issues

January 16, 2019

William Barr, President Trump's nominee for U.S. attorney general, during a confirmation hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Tuesday discussed his positions on a number of health care issues, including the Affordable Care Act, illicit drugs, and more.

Judge blocks census change that states say could affect Medicaid funding

January 16, 2019

A federal judge in New York on Tuesday ordered the U.S. Department of Commerce to suspend a plan to add a citizenship question to the census, which a group of states and cities argued would exacerbate undercounting of certain populations and jeopardize Medicaid and other population-based federal funding.

How this rural hospital became a 'unicorn'—reopening after a devastating closure

January 16, 2019

Timberlands Healthcare, a rural hospital in Crockett, Texas, in 2017 became one of the many rural hospitals in Texas to shut its doors, but with the help of two Austin-based physicians, the hospital reopened under a new name and a with new vision for the future.

CMS wants to significantly overhaul Medicaid—without Congress, sources say

January 15, 2019

The Trump administration is working on a plan that would allow states to choose to receive block grants to fund their Medicaid programs, three administration sources told Politico.

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