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Diagnosis coding changes might explain the decline in hospital readmissions, study finds

January 14, 2019

CMS' change in diagnosis coding might be responsible for over 50% of the reduction in 30-day hospital readmissions, a new study suggests.

US drug spending suddenly exploded in 1997. What happened?

January 14, 2019

The United States far outspends other wealthy nations on prescription drugs, but a recent study shows the trend dates back only to 1997—and Austin Frakt, a health economist, offers insight on what triggered the spending spike, and what it means for the future of drug spending.

Shutdown, Day 20: House passes bill to fund FDA, but it's likely not going anywhere

January 11, 2019

The House on Thursday voted 243-183 to approve a bill to fund the Department of Agriculture, which includes funding for FDA and would end a partial shutdown at the agency, though it is unlikely the bill will advance in the Senate.

Democrats are looking to lower Rx drug prices. Here's how.

January 11, 2019

Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) and Reps. Elijah Cummings (D-Md.) and Ro Khanna (D-Calif.) on Thursday introduced legislation intended to lower prescription drug costs in the United States, including measures that would allow U.S. residents to import drugs and Medicare Part D to negotiate drug prices.

FDA to launch new office to streamline drug approvals

January 11, 2019

FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb on Tuesday said the agency will create a new office tasked with developing a standardized approach for evaluating drugs.

In the states: Idaho to move forward with 'state-based' health plans, Maine to implement Medicaid expansion, and more

January 11, 2019

American Health Line rounds up the latest health care news in the states.

Shutdown, Day 19: FDA suspends some food and drug activities, IHS facilities face closures, and more

January 10, 2019

FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb says the agency has suspended all routine inspections of U.S. food-processing facilities because of the partial government shutdown, which caused FDA to furlough about 41% of its staff, but he is working on a plan to bring back some food inspectors as soon as next week to inspect facilities that are considered high-risk.

Grassley lays out health care priorities—and starts with a bill to import drugs from Canada

January 10, 2019

New Senate Finance Committee Chair Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) on Wednesday laid out his priorities regarding prescription drug prices and released draft legislation that would allow U.S. residents to import drugs from Canada.

SCOTUS hears oral arguments in FDA drug labeling case. Here’s what it could mean for the industry.

January 10, 2019

The Supreme Court on Monday heard oral arguments in a case centered on whether a drugmaker is liable under state law for drug-related injuries when FDA denies the drugmaker's request to revise a product's warning label.

How two Democratic governors and one mayor want to expand public health coverage

January 9, 2019

Democratic governors in California and Washington and New York City's mayor over the past few days have unveiled proposals to significantly expand public health programs, including some proposals that would offer residents universal coverage.

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