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Physician says Biden is 'healthy, vigorous,' and 'fit' to serve as president

December 19, 2019


Former Vice President Joe Biden, who is seeking the 2020 Democratic nomination for president, is "healthy, vigorous," and "fit to successfully execute the duties of the presidency," according to a physician's report that Biden's campaign released Tuesday.

House approves FY 2020 spending deal with health policy changes

December 18, 2019


The House on Tuesday voted to approve two major spending packages that would allocate a total of nearly $1.4 trillion to fund the federal government, including health agencies, through the end of fiscal year 2020.

Kentucky officially withdraws its Medicaid work requirements waiver

December 18, 2019


Kentucky's new governor, Andy Beshear (D), on Monday rescinded the state's waiver to impose work requirements and premiums on many of the state's Medicaid beneficiaries and signed an executive order to protect the state's Medicaid expansion.

Hospitals wanted to block 2020 site-neutral payment cuts. A judge just said no.

December 18, 2019


A federal judge on Monday rejected a request from the American Hospital Association and others to block site-neutral payment cuts to off-campus hospital facilities, which are scheduled to take effect Jan. 1, 2020.

Congress just unveiled an FY 2020 funding deal to avoid a government shutdown

December 17, 2019


Congressional negotiators on Monday released a nearly $1.4 trillion spending agreement that would fund the federal government, including health agencies, through the end of fiscal year 2020 and includes several health care provisions—such as measures to permanently repeal three Affordable Care Act taxes, delay cuts to Medicaid disproportionate-share hospital payments, raise the minimum tobacco purchasing age, and more.

After technical glitches, CMS extends open enrollment for federal exchange plans

December 17, 2019


CMS on Monday announced that it has relaunched and extended the Affordable Care Act's open enrollment period until Wednesday, amid reports of technical glitches on HealthCare.gov that impeded users' ability to sign up for federal exchange plans.

The national suicide prevention-hotline is closer to getting a 3-digit dialing code

December 17, 2019


The Federal Communications Commission on Thursday voted to approve a proposal to create a three-digit dialing code for the United States' suicide-prevention hotline.

FDA approves 1st fully disposable duodenoscope

December 17, 2019


FDA on Friday approved the first fully disposable duodenoscope, which is designed to eliminate the potential risk of infection that is tied to reusable scopes.

The 2019-2020 flu season so far, mapped

December 17, 2019


Between 2.6 million and 3.7 million people have contracted influenza so far this season, according to CDC data updated Friday.

CMS might have overpaid MA plans by $6.7B in 2017, HHS' OIG says

December 17, 2019


CMS might have improperly paid Medicare Advantage plans an estimated $6.7 billion in 2017 after the plans added diagnoses to beneficiaries' files that in some instances were not supported by medical records, according to an HHS Office of Inspector General report released last week.

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