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An appeals court just reinstated the controversial 2017 DSH payment rule (and it could cost some hospitals millions)

August 16, 2019


A federal appeals court on Tuesday reversed a lower court's ruling and reinstated a 2017 rule that changed how CMS calculates Medicaid disproportionate-share hospital payments to ensure providers are not doubly compensated for care costs covered by third-party insurers.

FDA approves drug that could be a 'breakthrough' for patients with antibiotic-resistant TB

August 15, 2019


FDA on Wednesday approved a new antibiotic, called pretomanid, to treat highly drug-resistant strains of tuberculosis, which kills about 500,000 of the 1.6 million individuals who die annually from the infectious disease.

A supposed 'cure' for autism, cancer is actually a 'dangerous bleach,' FDA warns

August 15, 2019


FDA on Monday warned patients not to drink certain solutions being marketed as cures for autism, cancer, HIV/AIDs, and other diseases and conditions, saying the solutions become a "dangerous bleach" when mixed with citric acids.

CMS: Exchange plan enrollment is largely stable (except among non-subsidized buyers)

August 14, 2019


About 10.6 million U.S. residents enrolled in Affordable Care Act exchange plans by March 15 of this year, representing a less than 1% decrease when compared with enrollment numbers as of March 15, 2018, according to CMS data released Monday.

USPSTF for the first time proposes that providers screen all adults for illicit drug use

August 14, 2019


The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force on Tuesday issued a draft recommendation that providers screen all adult patients for illicit drug use, marking the first time the task force has proposed such a recommendation.

Trump admin finalizes 'public charge' rule (and doctors are raising concerns)

August 13, 2019


The Department of Homeland Security on Monday finalized a rule that will allow federal officials to consider whether immigrants are receiving or are likely to receive Medicaid or other public benefits when reviewing their residency applications—a move health care leaders have said could affect immigrants' health.

What's the secret to being 110 years old? Bad record-keeping, paper finds.

August 13, 2019


According to a working paper, bad record-keeping might be the secret to why certain areas of the world seem to have such large concentrations of people who live past 110 years old.

An immune-disorder drug is in a shortage. Here’s how it's affecting patients.

August 13, 2019


U.S. hospitals and infusion clinics are rationing a medicine approved to treat immune disorders and suspending treatment for many patients who use the drug amid a nationwide shortage.

HHS releases guidance for providers on new Title X requirements

August 13, 2019


HHS in guidance released Friday said it will not use rigid standards to determine whether providers who receive Title X family planning funds are complying with a final rule that bars such entities from providing or referring patients for abortion care.

Can 'authorized generics' actually raise Rx prices?

August 12, 2019


Drugmakers increasingly are creating generic versions of their own brand-name drugs, aiming in part to sustain revenue after patents expire, but some critics say these so-called "authorized generics" stifle competition and ultimately could increase prices.

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