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Meet CMS' new acting Medicaid director

January 9, 2019


Chris Traylor, who previously served as CMS' deputy administrator for strategic initiatives, will assume the role of acting director of the Center for Medicaid and CHIP, replacing Mary Mayhew, who resigned from the post last week.

DOJ appeals ruling striking down ACA—and now the House might intervene, too

January 8, 2019


The Department of Justice has filed a motion to appeal a federal judge's ruling striking down the Affordable Care Act because it does not agree with the entirety of the judge's ruling.

SCOTUS rejects Rx drug patent cases

January 8, 2019


The Supreme Court on Monday declined to hear separate cases related to patents for cholesterol and hepatitis C treatments.

Do mandatory bundled payments lower health spending? A new study suggests yes—but only slightly.

January 8, 2019


A new study suggests Medicare's Comprehensive Care for Joint Replacement program led to a modest reduction in spending on hip and knee replacement surgeries over a two-year period.

$474,725: This could be the biggest 'surprise' medical bill you've ever seen

January 7, 2019


Kristina Cunningham's potentially record-setting $474,725 air ambulance bill highlights a growing trend of privately insured patients receiving exceedingly high air ambulance bills, and federal and state lawmakers are taking note.

Patients' smartphones track their every step—even into the ED

January 7, 2019


It is no secret that many smartphone apps track users' locations and sell the (supposedly anonymous) data to advertisers, but increasingly, the data reveal so much detail that it is easy to identify the personal, individual specifics of people's behavior and movements—including where they live, what health care providers they visit, and more.

Trump's Medicaid director, Mary Mayhew, resigns. Here's why.

January 7, 2019


Mary Mayhew, CMS' deputy administrator and director of the Center for Medicaid and CHIP, is leaving the agency after a short tenure to run Florida's health care agency.

Federal exchange signups declined by 3% from last year, CMS says

January 7, 2019


CMS data show more than 8.4 million U.S. residents signed up for federal exchange plans during the Affordable Care Act's latest open enrollment period, down by about 3% from the 8.7 million U.S. residents who signed up for exchange plans during the previous open enrollment period.

Why these food additives are banned in Europe—but not in the United States.

January 7, 2019


The New York Times' "Well" rounds up a list of food additives linked to cancer and other health problems that are banned in the European Union but commonly used in the United States—despite calls to ban them.

The 5 most common cybersecurity threats—and 10 strategies to help prevent them, according to HHS

January 7, 2019


HHS last month released guidance identifying five most common cybersecurity threats in health care, as well as 10 ways for health care providers to reduce cybersecurity risks.

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