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DOJ inspectors slam DEA's efforts to prevent opioid epidemic

October 3, 2019


The Drug Enforcement Administration did not do enough to regulate the U.S. opioid supply over the past 20 years, even as the country's opioid epidemic worsened, according to a report released Tuesday by the Department of Justice's Office of Inspector General.

CMS wants states to experiment with wellness programs

October 2, 2019


CMS this week invited states to participate in a demonstration project that will allow them to implement wellness programs that require patients to meet specific health outcomes to receive rewards in their individual health insurance markets.

MSSP ACOs saved $739M in 2018, new CMS data shows

October 2, 2019


CMS Administrator Seema Verma in a blog post published Monday in Health Affairs announced that accountable care organizations participating in the Medicare Shared Savings Program generated $739.4 million in net savings in 2018.

HHS reallocates Planned Parenthood funding to other Title X participants

October 2, 2019


The Trump administration has reallocated federal funding totaling $34 million that became available when Planned Parenthood and other providers exited the Title X program because of new restrictions regarding abortion.

Hospitals question legality of CMS' price transparency proposal

October 1, 2019


CMS' public comment period for the 2020 Hospital Outpatient Perspective Payment System proposed rule ended last week, and the rule's more controversial proposals garnered hundreds of comments from hospital groups, insurers, and other industry stakeholders.

CMS' 2020 MPFS proposed rule draws more than 40,000 comments

October 1, 2019


CMS' public comment period for the 2020 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule proposed rule ended last week, and the agency received more than 40,000 comments from hospital groups, insurers, and other industry stakeholders.

Do value-based payment programs work?

October 1, 2019


Medicare has increasingly emphasized value-based payment programs since the Affordable Care Act's enactment, but nearly a decade later, experts are still weighing whether these value-based initiatives work, health economist Austin Frakt writes for the New York Times' "The Upshot."

DOJ charges 35 individuals in $2B Medicare scam

October 1, 2019


The Department of Justice last week announced that it has brought charges against 35 individuals, including 10 medical professionals, for their alleged role in a Medicare scam involving dozens of telemedicine companies and genetic testing laboratories.

FDA will not regulate fitness tracker apps, other healthy lifestyle software

September 30, 2019


FDA last week released guidelines clarifying how the agency will regulate digital health products, such as mobile apps and tools that use artificial intelligence to help doctors make clinical decisions.

CMS finalizes rules to cut regulatory burdens on hospitals, transplant centers

September 27, 2019


CMS this week finalized two rules that eliminate several regulations that CMS has deemed duplicative or unnecessary and increases transparency in post-acute care facilities.

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