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Louisiana would have 'unlimited access' to hep C treatment under new proposal

August 17, 2018

The Louisiana Department of Health says the state is experiencing a hepatitis C "public health crisis"—and last week proposed a subscription-based payment model for hepatitis C drugs to increase medication access for its Medicaid and prison populations.

After a win in Kentucky, advocates challenge Arkansas' Medicaid work requirements

August 15, 2018

The Legal Aid of Arkansas, the National Health Law Program, and the Southern Poverty Law Center in a new lawsuit claim the Trump administration did not have the authority to approve Arkansas' Medicaid work requirements.

Payment bumps and price transparency requirements: Inside CMS' 2,610-page IPPS final rule

August 3, 2018

CMS' final rule for the Inpatient Prospective Payment System and Long-Term Acute Care Hospital (LTCH) Payment System for fiscal year 2019, which overhauls the meaningful use program and aims to improve hospital price transparency, will affect about 3,300 acute care facilities and about 420 LTCH facilities.

Sanders' 'Medicare for All' bill would cost $32.6T—and change who is footing the bill

July 31, 2018

An analysis from the Mercatus Center at George Mason University estimates that Sen. Bernie Sanders' (I-Vt.) so-called "Medicare for All" proposal would cost about $32.6 trillion in new spending over the first decade—which observers say is slightly lower than what the United States is projected to spend on health care over the next ten years under its current health care system, though the proposal would shift who pays for the costs.

The ACA 'bumped' Medicaid payments for two years. But doctors were no more likely to take Medicaid patients, studies find.

July 24, 2018

Two studies find that a temporary increase in Medicaid payments for primary care physicians (PCPS) that was implemented under the Affordable Care Act did not result in more PCPS participating in Medicaid.

In the states: Idaho residents will vote on Medicaid expansion, court upholds Philadelphia's soda tax, and more

July 20, 2018

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

Why is US health care spending so high? Research suggests the answer is complex.

July 19, 2018

It has been well documented that U.S. health care spending outpaces other countries, but experts say the reason why could be attributed to the U.S. health system's complexity and resulting administrative costs.

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