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House passes last-minute bills to delay ACA taxes, reform FDA oversight of OTC drugs

December 21, 2018

The House on Thursday passed several bills that would affect health care, including one that would delay certain taxes established under the Affordable Care Act and one that would reform how FDA regulates over-the-counter medications, but it is unclear whether the bills will advance in the Senate before the chamber adjourns for the year.

Veterans still face long wait times as costs for VCP soar, investigation finds

December 20, 2018

Veterans Affairs (VA) four years ago launched the VA Choice Program to expand veterans' access to private health care providers and cut down appointment wait times, but VA claims data show veterans continue to experience long wait times, a ProPublica/PolitiFact investigation finds.

Amid fetal tissue freeze, NIH looks to find alternatives for research

December 17, 2018

NIH last week announced plans to launch a new $20 million research initiative to identify alternatives to using fetal tissue to study disease—an announcement that came just days after Science reported that the Trump administration had banned NIH-employed scientists from acquiring new human fetal tissue for research.

The healthiest (and least healthy) states, mapped

December 13, 2018

Hawaii is the healthiest U.S. state, according to the United Health Foundation's latest rankings, which considers 38 measures related to clinical care, policies, health outcomes, and more.

House approves bills targeting Medicaid drug prices, maternity care, and more

December 12, 2018

The House yesterday passed several health care bills, including one that seeks to penalize drugmakers that overcharge Medicaid.

Can your DNA reveal how you'll respond to antidepressants?

December 12, 2018

Color Genomics, a genetic test company, earlier this year said it will sell genetic tests to determine which antidepressants are most effective for specific patients—but experts are not sold on the science behind the test.

Despite 'glimmers of stability,' Moody's predicts worsening financial outlook for nonprofit hospitals

December 10, 2018

Nonprofit hospitals will continue to see expenses outpace revenue in 2019 because of a number of factors, including weak inpatient admissions and increases in bad debt, according to a new report from Moody's Investors Service.

What's behind the slowdown in US health spending? Declining demand, CMS finds.

December 7, 2018

CMS actuaries say U.S. health care spending increased by 3.9% to $3.5 trillion in 2017, down from a growth rate of 4.3% in 2016.

Incoming Senate Finance Committee leaders unveil bill to address Medicaid drug costs

December 6, 2018

Sens. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) and Ron Wyden (D-Ore.), the incoming leaders of the Senate Finance Committee, released a draft bill that would provide HHS with the authority to penalize drugmakers participating in the Medicaid Drug Rebate Program for misclassifying their products.

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