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Verma calls public option proposals a single-payer 'Trojan horse'

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 won't penalize providers who try to comply with Title X abortion restrictions

July 23, 2019


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 is on the verge of closure. Here's what's happening inside the 200-year-old hospital.

July 23, 2019


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.

Medicare has overpaid MA insurers billions. Now, CMS wants the payments back.

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 seeks to improve rural health with $20M in grants to develop residency programs

July 22, 2019


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.

CMS penalties aren't lowering hospital-acquired conditions, study suggests

July 22, 2019


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.

Fewer ACOS joined MSSP in 2019—but more are taking on risk, data show

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.

House approves bill to repeal ACA's 'Cadillac tax'

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.

Unsubsidized premiums rose to record highs in 2019. See the increases, charted.

July 18, 2019


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.

Sanders to propose $20B fund aimed at stemming hospital closures

July 18, 2019


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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