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Whistleblower alleges she was directed to tamper with VA wait lists

July 2, 2019


A Veterans Affairs (VA) whistleblower last week told House lawmakers that she was directed to schedule fake appointments in order to improperly remove veterans from electronic wait lists in an effort to hide long wait times at a VA health care facility.

What New Hampshire has learned from requiring hospitals to publish their prices

July 2, 2019


President Trump last week signed a controversial executive order directing HHS to require hospitals across the country to disclose the negotiated payment rates they set with health insurers, but New Hampshire's experience with a price transparency site suggests the practice might not lead to major savings.

SCOTUS declines to rule on Alabama law restricting second-trimester abortions

July 2, 2019


The Supreme Court will not hear a case seeking to revive an Alabama abortion law to ban the most common form of second-trimester abortion, called a dilation and evacuation procedure, meaning a lower court ruling that struck down the 2015 law will remain in place.

HHS delays implementation of 'conscience protection' rule

July 2, 2019


HHS in a court filing Saturday said it is delaying implementation of a rule intended to enforce protections for health care professionals who have moral or religious objections to providing certain medical care, including abortion care and medically assisted death.

Harris attempts to clarify stance on health insurance reform (again)

July 1, 2019


Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.), who is seeking the 2020 Democratic nomination for president, on Friday walked back her position on nixing private coverage after raising her hand in support of replacing such coverage with a government-run "Medicare-for-All" plan during Thursday's primary debate.

Medtronic insulin pumps could be hacked, FDA warns

July 1, 2019


FDA and Medtronic on Thursday announced a recall of Medtronic's MiniMed insulin pumps, citing the potential for hackers to manipulate the pumps.

Police don't need a warrant to test unconscious drivers' blood, SCOTUS rules

July 1, 2019


The Supreme Court in a 5-4 decision issued Thursday upheld Wisconsin's so-called "implied consent" law, which states that drivers automatically consent to a blood draw when they get behind the wheel, even if they are unconscious.

CMS OKs Louisiana's plan to get 'unlimited access' to hep C treatment

July 1, 2019


CMS last week signed off on Louisiana's plan to test a subscription-based payment model for hepatitis C drugs intended to increase medication access for its Medicaid and prison populations.

Sanford, UnityPoint to merge into $11B 'regional giant'

July 1, 2019


Sanford Health and UnityPoint Health on Friday announced their intent to merge into an $11 billion integrated health system that, pending regulatory approval, would form a "regional giant" in the Midwest, according to the Wall Street Journal.

Democratic debate round 2: Candidates split on 'Medicare for All,' but agree on coverage for undocumented immigrants

June 28, 2019


Health care again was a major focus in Thursday night's primary debate for candidates seeking the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination, with candidates split on transitioning the United States to a single-payer health system, but agreeing on expanded access to coverage for undocumented immigrants.

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