July 23, 2019
CMS Administrator Seema Verma on Monday criticized proposals to implement a so-called "public option" health plan in the United States, calling such a plan a "Trojan horse with a single-payer hiding inside."
HHS on Saturday informed health care providers and state governments that the department will not penalize providers who are making efforts to comply with a final rule that bars entities that receive Title X family planning grants from providing or referring patients for abortion care.
Hahnemann University Hospital in Philadelphia is winding down after nearly two centuries of service, leaving clinical staff, patients, and medical students at Drexel University, the hospital's long-time partner, uncertain about their futures.
July 22, 2019
CMS is preparing to move forward with a proposal to use audits to recoup millions of dollars in overpayments to Medicare Advantage insurers, after insurers overcharged Medicare by nearly $30 billion over the past three years.
HHS on Thursday announced that it has awarded a total of $20 million in grants over three years to help increase the physician workforce in rural areas by developing new rural residency programs.
Penalties levied under CMS' Hospital-Acquired Condition (HAC) Reduction Program are not leading to lower rates of HACs at penalized hospitals when compared with non-penalized hospitals, according to a study recently published in The BMJ.
July 19, 2019
Fewer accountable care organizations (ACOs) joined the Medicare Shared Savings Program in 2019 than in 2018—but more ACOs are taking on financial risk than in previous years, CMS Administrator Seema Verma announced in a Health Affairs blog published Wednesday.
July 18, 2019
The House on Wednesday voted 419-6 to approve a bill that would repeal the Affordable Care Act's so-called "Cadillac tax," which is set to take effect in 2022.
The average monthly health insurance premium for a family of four who did not qualify for subsidies under the Affordable Care Act hit a record high of $1,403 in 2019, according to a new report from the private online health insurance marketplace eHealth.
Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), who is seeking the 2020 Democratic nomination for president, on Monday announced that he plans to introduce legislation to establish a federal fund to help local governments buy for-profit hospitals at risk of closing.
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