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CMS proposes FY 2020 payment increases for inpatient rehab, psych facilities

April 19, 2019


CMS this week released proposed rules that would increase payments for inpatient rehab facilities and inpatient psychiatric facilities by 2.3%, or $195 million, and 1.7%, or $75 million, respectively, for fiscal year 2020.

Trump admin will no longer defend transgender health protections in court

April 19, 2019


The Trump administration will no longer defend in court a rule issued under former President Barack Obama's administration that prohibits health care providers and insurance companies from discriminating against transgender individuals—but the Trump administration is expected to release an updated rule by the end of this month.

In the states: CDC ties multi-state E. coli outbreak to ground beef, Ohio gov. signs 'heartbeat' abortion ban into law, and more

April 19, 2019


American Health Line rounds up the latest health care news in the states.

TIME names 2019's 'Most Influential.' See the 10 people who made waves in health care.

April 18, 2019


TIME on Tuesday released its annual "100 Most Influential People" list, which this year includes 10 individuals who have made major contributions to health care.

How Yale scientists were able to restore pig brains' cellular activity hours after death

April 18, 2019


Scientists at Yale University on Wednesday published findings in Nature showing that they were able to restore cellular activity in the brains of slaughtered pigs 10 hours after the pigs died, raising new ethical questions about the definition of brain death.

DOJ charges 60 health care providers in largest-ever opioid take down

April 18, 2019


The Department of Justice on Wednesday announced federal prosecutors are charging 60 health care providers for their alleged involvement in illegally distributing millions of pain pills.

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.

CDC: Prescribing guidelines shouldn’t be used to deny opioids to cancer patients

April 17, 2019


In response to concerns about coverage denials for opioids, CDC officials in a letter sent last month to three oncology organizations clarified that its 2016 opioid prescribing guidelines should not be used to deny opioid drugs to patients experiencing chronic pain caused by cancer or sickle-cell disease.

Why some hospitals are investing in tablets for patients’ bedsides

April 17, 2019


Several hospitals are offering bedside tablets to patients and their caregivers to make the hospital stays more comfortable and keep patients informed about their medical conditions.

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