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