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HHS just finalized a rule to require drug list prices in TV ads

May 8, 2019


HHS on Wednesday released a final rule that will require drugmakers to disclose their products' list prices in consumer-directed television advertisements.

CMS finalizes rule to stop states from diverting Medicaid payments to third parties

May 7, 2019


CMS on Thursday finalized a rule that intends to stop states from diverting Medicaid payments to third parties, with certain exceptions.

Will eliminating Rx rebates lower costs? Probably not, CBO says.

May 6, 2019


The United States' total prescription drug costs are not expected to decrease if CMS finalizes a rule designed to prohibit drugmakers from paying rebates to pharmacy benefit managers, according to a Congressional Budget Office report released Thursday.

Tennessee could become first state to ask CMS for Medicaid block grants

May 6, 2019


Tennessee's Legislature on Thursday approved a bill that directs state officials to ask the federal government to distribute the state's federal Medicaid funding in the form of a block grant, and in exchange give the state additional flexibility over how it administers its Medicaid program.

In the states: DC hospital closes after 158 years, Vermont stops approving new AHPs, and more

May 3, 2019


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

'A huge red flag'? Medicaid, CHIP enrollment dropped 3% in 2018.

May 1, 2019


The latest CMS data show 2.2 million fewer people were enrolled in Medicaid or the Children's Health Insurance Program from January 2018 to January 2019—a decline CMS says could stem from the improving economy, but other health experts say could stem from stricter eligibility redetermination processes.

Hospital finances are starting to stabilize, Moody's finds

April 30, 2019


Nonprofit and public hospitals last year showed signs of stable profitability—with revenue growth outpacing expense growth for the first time since fiscal year 2015, according to a preliminary analysis released Thursday by Moody's Investors Service.

Washington lawmakers approve bill to create public option health plan

April 30, 2019


Washington's Legislature on Saturday approved a bill to create a state-funded public health insurance option, which state residents would be able to select on Washington's health insurance exchange.

The 3 models CMS wants states to use to improve care, lower costs for dually eligible beneficiaries

April 29, 2019


CMS Administrator Seema Verma last week invited states to participate in demonstration models designed to integrate care for beneficiaries who are dually eligible for Medicare and Medicaid.

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