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'Pretty much unbeatable': How hospitals are fighting the deadly C. auris outbreak

May 13, 2019


Hospitals in the United States and abroad in recent years have been grappling with a little-known drug-resistant fungus called Candida auris—and some experts say its silent spread raises questions about CDC's hospital reporting policies for such outbreaks.

Trump calls for an end to 'surprise' medical bills and signals support for Rx drug imports

May 10, 2019


President Trump on Thursday called on Congress to propose and approve legislation to address so-called "surprise" medical bills and vowed to allow states to import lower-cost prescription drugs from other countries.

House votes to overturn Trump admin's expansion of ACA waivers

May 10, 2019


The House on Thursday voted 230-183 to approve a bill that would overturn CMS guidance that expanded the Affordable Care Act's (ACA) so-called "state innovation waivers" in a way that allows states to circumvent certain ACA requirements.

Insurers set to repay customers a record $800M in rebates, KFF predicts

May 10, 2019


Individual market insurers in 2018 had their best year since 2011, and they are projected to have to pay back a record-setting $800 million in rebates to enrollees, according to a Kaiser Family Foundation analysis published Tuesday.

Warren unveils $100B plan to fight the US opioid epidemic

May 10, 2019


Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) this week unveiled a $100 billion proposal to combat the U.S. opioid epidemic that would emphasize employment and evidenced-based treatment for those struggling with substance use disorders, as well as provider training on treatment methods.

Judge orders HHS to remedy $1.6B in unlawful 340B cuts

May 9, 2019


A federal judge on Monday ordered HHS to come up with a remedial measure that would address hospital payment cuts under Medicare's 340B drug discount program for 2018 and 2019, which the judge previously ruled were unlawful.

Walmart will raise its minimum tobacco purchasing age to 21

May 9, 2019


Walmart, the world's largest retailer, on Wednesday announced it is increasing the minimum age at which individuals can buy tobacco products to 21 at all its U.S. retail stores and is discontinuing sales of dessert- and fruit-flavored e-cigarettes.

HHS just finalized a rule to require drug list prices in TV ads

May 8, 2019


HHS on Wednesday released a final rule that will require drugmakers to disclose their products' list prices in consumer-directed television advertisements.

About 60% of pregnancy-related deaths are preventable, CDC finds

May 8, 2019


About three in five pregnancy-related deaths are preventable—a statistic that suggests health care providers could play a key role in reducing pregnancy-related deaths, according to a CDC report released Tuesday.

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