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How CMS is changing the exchange market for the 2020 coverage year

April 19, 2019

CMS on Thursday released its final Notice of Benefit and Payment Parameters for the 2020 coverage year, which sets rules for health plans sold through the Affordable Care Act's exchanges.

Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital adopts a new approach billing

April 18, 2019

Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital is overhauling its billing practices following pushback over a policy not to contract with private insurers, the San Francisco Department of Public Health announced Tuesday.

What 'Medicare for All' would really cost, according to 5 experts

April 17, 2019

Health reform and so-called "Medicare-for-All" plans are shaping up to be key issues in the 2020 presidential election, but it is unclear how these plans would affect U.S. health care expenditures. To get some answers, the New York Times asked a group of economists and think tanks for their projections.

Healthy food subsidies could save more than $100B in health care costs, research shows

April 17, 2019

Providing Medicare and Medicaid beneficiaries with so-called "healthy food prescriptions" could lower the risk of chronic illnesses and lead to billions of dollars in savings, according to a study recently published in the journal PLOS One.

Do you use a period-tracking app? You might be surprised where your data goes next.

April 16, 2019

Each month, tens of millions of women use menstruation- or pregnancy-tracking apps to log private details about their cycles, sexual activity, and family planning—and in some cases that data might end up in the hands of employers and insurers.

How MACPAC wants to change DSH payments, Medicaid drug rebates, and more

April 16, 2019

Members of the Medicaid and CHIP Payment and Access Commission on Thursday voted to recommend Congress change statutory language governing Medicaid disproportionate share hospital payments and eliminate a cap on Medicaid drug rebates.

The highest-paid doctors (and the lowest), according to Medscape

April 12, 2019

The average physician salary rose to $313,000 in 2019—but some physicians are paid more than twice as much as others, according to the Medscape Physician Compensation 2019 report.

Emergency department visits reached a record high in 2016, CDC reports

April 12, 2019

Emergency departments were busier than ever in 2016, and fewer of their patients arrived seeking non-urgent care, according to the latest CDC data.

Sanders just revised his 'Medicare-for-All' proposal. Here's what you need to know.

April 11, 2019

Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) on Wednesday unveiled a new version of his so-called "Medicare-for-All" legislation that would expand benefits under the bill to include long-term care coverage.

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