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The White House wants to rename HHS to 'HPW.' (But the proposed revamp goes beyond the name.)

June 22, 2018


A plan released yesterday by the White House Office of Management and Budget would reorganize, restructure, and rename various federal agencies, including HHS and FDA.

Senate rejects attempt to bring up Trump proposal to cut $7B in unspent CHIP funds

June 22, 2018


Rules that would allow the Senate to pass President Trump's rescissions measure by a simple majority vote are scheduled to expire today, meaning Wednesday's failed attempt to bring up the bill might mean the Senate will not have time to consider the measure.

Two states are going to sue the Trump admin over its association health plan rule. Here's why.

June 21, 2018


Massachusetts Attorney General (AG) Maura Healey (D) and New York AG Barbara Underwood (D) say they believe the Trump administration's final rule to expand association health plans "is unlawful and would lead to fewer critical consumer health protections."

Nearly 50% of VA nursing homes received one-star quality rating, VA data show

June 21, 2018


Documents obtained by USA Today and the Boston Globe show 60 of VA's 133 nursing homes had a one-star rating as of Dec. 31, 2017.

Why the US' approach to funding medical grants 'may be failing'

June 21, 2018


The U.S. system for awarding medical research grants through NIH "may be failing" to "fund work that spurs innovation and fosters research careers" by favoring proposals for low-risk research and those submitted by more experienced researchers, Aaron Carroll writes in the New York Times' "The Upshot."

House GOP's new 10-year budget proposal eyes health care cuts, ACA repeal

June 20, 2018


The House Budget Committee's 10-year GOP budget proposal calls for $537 billion in cuts to Medicare spending and a total of $1.5 trillion in cuts to spending on Medicaid and other health care programs.

AMA urges regulators to block CVS-Aetna merger

June 20, 2018


American Medical Association (AMA) President Barbara McAneny says, "After very careful consideration over the past months, the AMA has come to the conclusion that [the proposed] merger [between CVS Health and Aetna] would likely substantially lessen competition in many health care markets, to the detriment of patients."

The latest conservative plan to replace the ACA is out. (But it's not going anywhere yet.)

June 20, 2018


The plan would redirect Affordable Care Act (ACA) funding to states through block grants, repeal many of the ACA's consumer protections, expand the use of health savings accounts, and allow insurers to give discounts to consumers who are young or maintain continuous coverage.

MedPAC proposes cuts to freestanding EDs, imaging payments

June 20, 2018


Among other things, the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission's annual June report to Congress includes proposals "to ensure appropriate access to and use of hospital" emergency department services.

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