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A record-breaking number of health care data breaches were reported in April

May 22, 2019

Health care entities in April reported 45 data breaches to HHS, marking the highest number of reported health care-related breaches in one month since the agency began tracking such breaches in an online database in 2010, according to a report published by HHS' Office for Civil Rights.

States, localities sue HHS over 'conscience' protections for health care providers

May 22, 2019

A group of nearly two dozen states and localities on Tuesday filed a lawsuit that seeks to block a final rule intended to enforce protections for health care professionals who have moral or religious objections to providing certain medical care, including abortion care and physician-assisted death.

SCOTUS declines to hear case on rule barring military medical malpractice suits

May 22, 2019

The Supreme Court on Monday declined to hear a case challenging a longstanding rule that bars active-duty servicemembers from suing the federal government over medical malpractice.

18 months, 4 Medicaid directors: Traylor becomes the latest Medicaid director to resign.

May 21, 2019

Chris Traylor, CMS' deputy administrator and director of the agency's Center for Medicaid and CHIP, on Friday announced he is stepping down from his role at the end of May, making him the fourth individual to leave the position in the past 18 months.

The $753M question: What's Amazon got planned for PillPack?

May 21, 2019

Amazon in June 2018 announced that it was purchasing PillPack, a mail-order pharmaceutical supplier, but many questions remain about how Amazon will utilize PillPack going forward.

McConnell, Kaine unveil bipartisan bill to raise tobacco purchasing age to 21

May 21, 2019

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) and Sen. Tim Kaine (D-Va.) on Monday introduced a bill to increase from 18 to 21 the minimum age at which U.S. residents can purchase tobacco products, including e-cigarettes.

Inside the House's legislative package to address drug costs and bolster the ACA

May 20, 2019

The House on Thursday voted 284-183 to approve a legislative package intended to address high drug prices and bolster the Affordable Care Act's exchange market.

CMS postpones CAR T-cell therapy coverage decision

May 20, 2019

CMS on Friday announced it is postponing a final policy decision that will outline how Medicare will cover CAR T-cell immunotherapies nationwide.

5 states sue CMS over home health union rule

May 20, 2019

Nine home health workers, five states, and two unions have filed a lawsuit against CMS, arguing that a final rule that bars the use of Medicaid payments for home health worker union is illegal.

Inside CMS' rule to bolster drug price transparency in Medicare Part D, MA plans

May 17, 2019

CMS on Thursday released a final rule aimed at reducing out-of-pocket drug costs for beneficiaries enrolled in Medicare Part D and Medicare Advantage plans by increasing price transparency.

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