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House panel advances bill to address 'surprise' medical bills—but will it go any further?

July 15, 2019


The House Energy and Commerce Health Subcommittee on Thursday advanced a bill to address so-called "surprise" medical bills by setting a benchmark payment rate for out-of-network services.

Inside the 346-page Home Health Prospective Payment System proposed rule

July 15, 2019


CMS on Thursday released a proposed rule to update certain Medicare payment regulations under the Home Health Prospective Payment System and increase payments for home health agencies by 1.3%.

Federal appeals court denies emergency halt of abortion 'gag rule'

July 15, 2019


A federal appeals court on Thursday denied a request for an emergency stay on a recent ruling that allows HHS' final rule to bar health care providers and clinics that receive Title X family planning grants from providing or referring patients for abortion care.

The most in-demand physicians in 2019, charted

July 12, 2019


For a new report, the physician recruiting firm Merritt Hawkins reviewed thousands of recruiting engagements for physicians and advanced practitioners over the last year. Find out which specialties were in the greatest demand—and which offered the highest salaries—on American Health Line's interactive charts.

CMS proposes mandatory bundled payment model for radiation oncology

July 12, 2019


CMS on Wednesday issued a proposed rule to implement a mandatory bundled payment model intended to replace Medicare's current fee-for-service payment model for radiation oncology in certain geographic regions.

How Harvard taught Google about health care

July 12, 2019


Google is working to become a major player in the health care industry and now, with the help of Harvard Medical School, the tech giant is learning how doctors think.

HHS is looking for health care leaders to help evaluate its quality programs

July 12, 2019


HHS on Tuesday announced that the department is launching a Quality Summit that aims to bring together government officials and health care industry stakeholders to discuss how HHS quality programs should be evaluated, adapted, and streamlined to help promote value-based care and bolster patient outcomes.

Inside Trump's plan to overhaul kidney care, donation process

July 11, 2019


President Trump on Wednesday issued an executive order that calls on HHS to overhaul the kidney care and donation allocation process, and HHS shortly after unveiled new payment models for Medicare providers who manage patients with kidney disease and end-stage renal disease.

Nearly 90% of hospices have been cited for care deficiencies, HHS' OIG finds

July 11, 2019


Health inspectors from 2012 through 2016 cited nearly 90% of hospices for at least one deficiency—and about 20% of hospices had deficiencies serious enough to put patients in danger, according to a pair of reports released Tuesday by the HHS' Office of the Inspector General.

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