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Tennessee has a first-in-the-nation plan to convert Medicaid into a block grant

September 19, 2019


Tennessee on Tuesday released a draft Medicaid waiver proposal to convert the state's Medicaid financing structure from an open-ended federal funding system into a block-grant system.

Providers urge CMS to delay proposed radiation oncology bundled payment model

September 19, 2019


Provider groups are urging CMS to delay its proposed mandatory bundled payment model for radiation oncology, saying the model could lower investments in new technologies and equipment and reduce access to new types of care.

Why is the US health care system such an outlier? Here's one hypothesis.

September 18, 2019


The U.S. health care system is unique, but some observers say what makes it truly distinct from other health care systems around the globe is the amount patients—including those who are insured—pay out of pocket for care.

How an alleged Groupon scam led these patients to get 'fake Botox'

September 18, 2019


Federal and state officials last week raided a plastic surgery office following accusations that a doctor at the clinic administered non-FDA-approved drugs to patients who purchased certain services through Groupon, adding to growing concerns that Groupon users might be more vulnerable to medical scams.

A federal judge struck down Medicare's site-neutral payment rule

September 18, 2019


A federal judge on Tuesday vacated HHS' site-neutral payment policy that cuts Medicare payment rates for off-campus hospital facilities.

A new peanut allergy drug could cost $4,200 a year. Is it just overpriced peanut flour?

September 18, 2019


An FDA advisory panel this month recommended approval of an experimental treatment for peanut allergies but, writing in The Atlantic, James Hamblin questions whether the product is worth its likely $4,200 price tag—and flags research suggesting it might backfire for some patients.

A monthly subscription to an air ambulance? Regulators say it might be too good to be true.

September 18, 2019


Some air ambulance companies are selling membership subscriptions that promise patients will pay no out-of-pocket costs if they use the transportation services, but state regulators—and some larger air ambulance companies—are skeptical of the memberships' no-cost guarantee.

12 lessons private health systems can learn from VA, according to David Shulkin

September 18, 2019


Former Veterans Affairs (VA) Secretary David Shulkin, who spent much of his career in the private sector, in a post on LinkedIn offers 12 tips the private health care sector can take from VA.

Medical expenses are 'the largest contributor' to poverty, Census report finds

September 17, 2019


Health care expenses were "the largest contributor" to growing U.S. poverty levels from 2017 to 2018, according to a U.S. Census Bureau report released this month.

Weill Cornell will offer tuition-free education to financial aid students

September 17, 2019


Weill Cornell Medicine on Monday announced that, starting in the 2019-2020 school year, it will provide a "full ride" scholarship that covers tuition as well as room and board, books, and other expenses to all students who qualify for financial aid.

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