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Colorado becomes the first state to cap insulin out-of-pocket costs

May 29, 2019

Colorado Gov. Jared Polis (D) last week signed into law a bill that will cap out-of-pocket insulin costs for Colorado residents with diabetes at $100 per month.

HHS proposal would rescind Obama-era protections for transgender individuals

May 28, 2019

HHS on Friday issued a proposed rule that would roll back a regulation issued under former President Barack Obama's administration that prohibits health care providers and insurance companies from discriminating against transgender individuals.

How would single-payer impact health care costs and quality? It's not clear, CBO says.

May 24, 2019

Congressional Budget Office officials this week told House Budget Committee members that there currently are too many unknowns surrounding a single-payer health care system to determine how such a system would affect insurance rates and government spending, but any transition to single-payer would be "complicated."

How this health system overcame staff resistance to adopt a surgical checklist

May 22, 2019

When McLeod Regional Health System in South Carolina sought to implement a surgical checklist, it took time and a three-strategy approach to get surgical staff on board and achieve 100% adoption of a protocol that saves them $4 million annually.

US health care is notoriously costly. But is it worth the price?

May 21, 2019

It is well known that the United States outspends other nations on health care (often without better outcomes), but the "best evidence" shows health care "is still very valuable, even at U.S. prices," according to Austin Frakt, a health care economist.

CMS postpones CAR T-cell therapy coverage decision

May 20, 2019

CMS on Friday announced it is postponing a final policy decision that will outline how Medicare will cover CAR T-cell immunotherapies nationwide.

Why Walmart is steering its employees to a shortlist of 'high-quality' imaging centers

May 17, 2019

Upon learning that roughly half of employees who went to specialized hospitals for back surgery did not actually need surgery, Walmart has started encouraging its workers to go to high-quality imaging centers to ensure better, more accurate scans.

How these top-ranking lawmakers want to stop 'surprise' medical bills

May 15, 2019

The highest-ranking Democrat and Republican on the House Energy and Commerce Committee on Tuesday released a draft bill to address so-called "surprise" medical bills by setting a benchmark payment rate for out-of-network services—a proposal health care providers have said they oppose.

1.1M fewer US residents were insured in 2018. See the trends, charted.

May 15, 2019

The latest CDC data show about 30.4 million U.S. residents—or about 9.4% of the country's population—were uninsured during 2018, which CDC said marked no "significant change" from 2017 when 29.3 million U.S. residents, or about 9.1% of the population, were uninsured.

'Don't drink while pregnant': Could this common warning actually backfire?

May 15, 2019

State policies that warn against drinking while pregnant and those aimed at helping women who drink while pregnant actually might be backfiring and harming babies, according to a study published last week.

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