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ACA repeal might be back on the table, McConnell says

October 18, 2018


Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) says congressional Republicans could again try to repeal the Affordable Care Act if they gain larger majorities in the House and Senate in the upcoming midterm elections.

US fertility rates are falling. These 3 charts show how.

October 18, 2018


U.S. fertility rates are falling, and new research suggests hospitals are responding by cutting obstetrician units, particularly those in rural areas.

FDA teams up with hackers, DHS to improve medical device safety

October 18, 2018


In an effort to improve medical device safety, FDA is collaborating with the Department of Homeland Security to better coordinate the agencies' responses to cybersecurity threats, and with ethical hackers to identify medical device vulnerabilities.

Meet Mary Mayhew, CMS' new director of Medicaid and CHIP

October 17, 2018


Mary Mayhew, the former commissioner of Maine's Department of Health and Human Services, is CMS' new deputy administrator and director of the Center for Medicaid and CHIP.

The rare illness that's stumping CDC

October 17, 2018


Nancy Messonnier, director of CDC's National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases, says CDC investigators have been unable to identify the cause of the recent increase in cases of the "incredibly rare" polio-like disease acute flaccid myelitis.

The 5 fears that keep doctors up at night

October 17, 2018


From politics to financial concerns, Robert Pearl, a surgeon and former CEO of the Permanente Medical Group, in a Forbes article breaks down the "five intense fears" plaguing doctors today.

Trump admin wants drugmakers to disclose prices in drug ads—but PhRMA has its own idea

October 16, 2018


CMS under a newly proposed rule would require prescription drugmakers to include their products' list prices in direct-to-consumer television advertisements, but Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America says the proposed rule raises legal questions, and its members instead will direct consumers to company websites with pricing information for their products.

Medicare Part A, Part B premiums will increase slightly in 2019, CMS says

October 16, 2018


CMS says premium rates and deductibles for seniors enrolled in Medicare Parts A and B will be slightly higher in 2019 than they were this year.

Anthem agrees to record $16M settlement over largest health data breach in US history

October 16, 2018


Anthem under a settlement with HHS' Office for Civil Rights will pay $16 million to settle potential privacy and security violations related to a 2015 data breach, but the company says it is unaware of any fraud or identity theft related to the breach and did not admit to any liability as part of the settlement.

What’s hiding in your dietary supplements? Viagra, steroids, and more, study finds.

October 16, 2018


Many supplements marketed for muscle growth, sexual enhancement, and weight loss contain unapproved or recalled pharmaceuticals that have "the potential to cause serious adverse health effects," according to a new study.

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