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HHS awards $1.8B in state grants to combat, track opioid epidemic

September 6, 2019


HHS on Wednesday announced it will award more than $1.8 billion in funding to help states and communities continue to combat the opioid epidemic and improve data collection to track progress.

In the states: Judge approves deal to complete CVS-Aetna merger, North Carolina sues Juul for allegedly targeting children, and more

September 6, 2019


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

Michigan will become first US state to ban flavored e-cigarette sales

September 5, 2019


Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer (D) on Wednesday ordered a statewide ban on flavored e-cigarette sales, after the state's Department of Health and Human Services determined youth e-cigarette use constitutes a public health emergency.

Did California's provider payment rate-setting law work? It's complicated, research suggests.

September 5, 2019


A California law touted as a national model for addressing so-called "surprise" medical bills has led to fewer surprise bills for patients and lower payment rates for in-network and out-of-network physicians—but it might be driving physician group consolidation, according to recent research.

As mysterious lung illness spreads, federal officials issue a stark warning

September 4, 2019


CDC and FDA on Friday warned e-cigarette users against using vaping ingredients purchased from unauthorized vendors and modifying vaping products, citing an increase in cases of a mysterious lung illness tied to e-cigarette use and vaping.

CMS rejects Idaho's proposal to limit voter-approved Medicaid expansion

September 4, 2019


CMS on Thursday rejected Idaho's request to expand the state's Medicaid program, but allow individuals who are eligible for the expanded program to remain enrolled in Affordable Care Act exchange plans.

US is on the verge of losing its measles elimination status, CDC warns

September 3, 2019


A CDC official last week said there is a "reasonable chance" the United States will lose its World Health Organization designation as a country that has eliminated measles.

Hurricane Dorian could hit the US today. Here's how hospitals are preparing.

September 3, 2019


As Hurricane Dorian approaches the United States, hospitals up the Atlantic coast are preparing for the powerful storm.

This state is making 'the biggest bet yet' on value-based care

August 28, 2019


North Carolina and its largest private insurer recently have launched initiatives to move away from a fee-for-service model, toward value-based care, and several of the initiatives are showing early signs of success.

Purdue Pharma is looking to settle more than 2,000 opioid lawsuits, sources say

August 28, 2019


Purdue Pharma and its owners, the Sackler family, are in discussions with state and local governments to settle more than 2,000 lawsuits filed against the company over its alleged contribution to the U.S. opioid epidemic, according to individuals familiar with the negotiations.

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