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New Hampshire is giving Medicaid beneficiaries more time to comply with work requirements

July 10, 2019


New Hampshire Gov. Chris Sununu (R) on Monday announced the state is extending its deadline for Medicaid beneficiaries to comply with the program's new work requirements, citing low compliance among beneficiaries subject to the requirements.

Trump admin can't force drugmakers to reveal prices in TV ads, judge rules

July 9, 2019


A federal judge on Monday struck down HHS' final rule to require drugmakers to disclose their products' list prices in consumer-directed television advertisements, blocking the rule from taking effect on Tuesday.

What's the economic cost of cancer? About $94B in lost earnings, study finds.

July 9, 2019


Premature cancer deaths cost the U.S. economy more than $94 billion in lost earnings in 2015, according to a study published Wednesday in JAMA Oncology.

FDA approved a record number of fast-tracked drugs in 2018. Is that good news for patients?

July 9, 2019


FDA approved a record high of 43 drugs through fast-track programs in 2018, representing 73% of new drugs approved by the agency last year and establishing a "new normal" that "is transforming medical decision-making for the seriously ill," according to the Wall Street Journal.

Hospitals saved nearly $1K per patient with joint replacement bundles

July 9, 2019


Hospitals that participated in CMS' Comprehensive Care for Joint Replacement Model saved $997 more per care episode in their first two performance years when compared with control groups, according to a new analysis.

Pricing tools can save patients thousands of dollars. So why do so few providers use them?

July 9, 2019


While many health systems struggle to implement price transparency tools, Allina Health in Minnesota has successfully implemented a tool that gives physicians real-time information about how much patients' prescriptions will cost.

Trump says admin will continue fight to add citizenship question to census

July 8, 2019


President Trump on Wednesday said his administration will move forward with a plan to include a question about citizenship on the 2020 census survey, which states and cities fear could threaten federal Medicaid funding, even though the Department of Commerce last week announced that it had started printing census surveys without the question.

Warren calls on Gottlieb to resign from Pfizer's board

July 3, 2019


Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), who is seeking the 2020 Democratic nomination for president, on Monday called on former FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb to resign from his new post on Pfizer's board of directors, saying Gottlieb's decision to take the position "smacks of corruption."

Rx drug prices continue to increase in 2019—but at a slower rate, analysis finds

July 3, 2019


A recent analysis by Rx Savings Solutions shows prescription drug list prices increased during the first six months of 2019.

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