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For the first time, employed physicians outnumber independent physicians, AMA finds

May 9, 2019


Employed physicians outnumbered self-employed physicians in the United States for the first time in 2018, according to an updated American Medical Association study released Monday.

Judge orders HHS to remedy $1.6B in unlawful 340B cuts

May 9, 2019


A federal judge on Monday ordered HHS to come up with a remedial measure that would address hospital payment cuts under Medicare's 340B drug discount program for 2018 and 2019, which the judge previously ruled were unlawful.

Is the federal government overpaying MA plans? Yes, a new study suggests.

May 8, 2019


CMS could be overpaying Medicare Advantage (MA) plans by billions of dollars because of how it calculates MA payment rates, according to Kaiser Family Foundation analysis released Tuesday.

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.

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.

The risks (and opportunities) of a single-payer health system, according to CBO

May 2, 2019


Transitioning the United States to a single-payer, government-run health care system would be "complicated, challenging, and potentially disruptive," but could lead to universal coverage and a more efficient health system, according to a Congressional Budget Office report released Wednesday.

Inside the first congressional hearing on 'Medicare for All' in 10 years

May 1, 2019


During a House Committee on Rules hearing Tuesday, health care experts shared how they would approach implementing so-called "Medicare-for-All" proposals and discussed the potential costs of moving the United States to a single-payer, government-run health system.

The 10-year feud between UPMC and Highmark is coming to a head—and it could have national implications

May 1, 2019


The Pennsylvania Supreme Court next month will hear arguments on the state's efforts to force UPMC and Highmark Health to extend their contracts, in the latest development in "one of the fiercest health care fights in the country," according to Fortune.

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