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Verma suggests Trump has a plan if ACA is struck down—but declines to share the details

October 25, 2019


CMS Administrator Seema Verma during a House Energy and Commerce subcommittee hearing on Wednesday declined to provide details on the Trump administration's plans in case a federal appeals court strikes down the Affordable Care Act in a lawsuit challenging the law's constitutionality.

Why FTC is asking health systems, insurers for information on mergers

October 25, 2019


The Federal Trade Commission on Monday announced that it has ordered two health systems and five health insurance companies to give the agency information that will help it with an ongoing project examining the effects of certain state regulations on mergers in the industry.

Final committee OK's Pelosi's Rx drug pricing bill

October 24, 2019


The House Ways & Means Committee on Tuesday voted 24-17 to approve House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's (D-Calif.) bill that aims to reduce prescription drug prices in the United States, sending the measure to the full House for a potential floor vote.

Average premiums for silver-level exchange plans down 4% in 2020, CMS data shows

October 23, 2019


CMS on Tuesday announced that the average premium rate for the most commonly purchased silver-level health plans sold through the Affordable Care Act's federal exchange will be lower for the 2020 coverage year than they were for 2019.

States are preparing for the ACA to be overturned. But Azar is urging officials 'to keep calm.'

October 23, 2019


Officials in some states are working on backup plans in case a federal appeals court strikes down the Affordable Care Act in a lawsuit challenging its constitutionality, but HHS Secretary Alex Azar says, until a final ruling is issued in the case, the Trump administration's current message "is to keep calm and carry on."

Judge denies CMS' request to stay ruling striking down site-neutral payments

October 23, 2019


A federal judge on Monday denied CMS' request to modify and stay a prior ruling that struck down cuts to Medicare payment rates for off-campus hospital facilities.

State AGs announce settlement framework that could resolve thousands of opioid lawsuits

October 22, 2019


Attorneys general from four states on Monday released a framework for a $48 billion agreement with three of the United States' largest drug distributors and other pharmaceutical companies that could settle thousands of lawsuits claiming the companies fueled the opioid epidemic.

Why some Native American tribes are breaking with Indian Health Service

October 22, 2019


A growing number of Native American tribes are taking control of troubled government-run hospitals in an effort to improve care for their communities, but some are finding the turnaround is both slow and costly.

Investigation: 700+ physicians were paid over $1M by drugmakers, device makers

October 21, 2019


Drugmakers and medical device makers paid more than 700 physicians at least $1 million each in the past four years, according to an analysis of CMS' Open Payments database released by ProPublica last week.

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