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In the states: Maryland sues to keep ACA working; 4.3K Medicaid beneficiaries lose coverage in Arkansas, and more

September 14, 2018

American Health Line rounds up the latest health care news in the states.

Hurricane Florence strikes today. Hospitals are getting ready—with military tactical vehicles, evacuations, stockpiles, and more.

September 13, 2018

Health care systems are preparing for Hurricane Florence—which is expected to hit portions of the southeast United States from Thursday through Sunday—by evacuating patients, testing power generators, and stockpiling extra medical supplies.

CMS wants to streamline doc billing codes—but industry groups, lawmakers are pushing back

September 12, 2018

A bipartisan group of 90 lawmakers are joining various industry groups and raising concerns about CMS' proposed changes to Medicare payment rates for certain office visit services.

How these experts would invest in public health

September 6, 2018

Top public health experts say the United States should invest more in interventions that have been proven to work, such as school- and community-based health programs.

Why hundreds of medical, advocacy groups aren't fully on board with the 2019 Physician Fee Schedule—yet

September 5, 2018

About 170 medical groups and 120 provider and patient advocacy groups say they oppose a Trump administration proposal that would collapse the Medicare Physician Fee Schedule's payment rates for certain office visit services—and offered a potential way forward.

DOJ official threatens 'aggressive legal action' against supervised injection sites

September 5, 2018

U.S. Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein says the Department of Justice is planning to take legal action against medically-supervised drug injection facilities, noting that the facilities violate federal law.

Adolescent cancer patients can feel 'invisible.' Here's what hospitals are doing to address it.

September 4, 2018

Hospitals increasingly are launching new programs to address the unique needs of young adult cancer patients, who generally have outgrown pediatrics but have distinct care needs when compared with other adults.

Part D plans will be able to exclude coverage for some drug uses, CMS says

August 30, 2018

CMS says Medicare Part D insurers beginning in 2020 will be able to use a practice known as "indication-based formulary design"—which is commonly used by private insurers.

The 4 ways McCain changed health care (and 2 more ways he tried)

August 27, 2018

Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.), a decorated Navy pilot and prisoner of war in Vietnam who died on Saturday, leaves behind a 30-year Capitol Hill career with a lasting mark on health policy—well beyond his famous "thumbs-down" vote that saved the Affordable Care Act last summer.

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