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AHL feature: Is health care's 'retail revolution' here? Depends what you mean.

November 21, 2017

Consumers have more choices than ever about where to seek care, but experts say a true "retail revolution," in which patients regularly shop around for the best prices, has yet to reach the health care industry. American Health Line spoke with stakeholders to learn about the obstacles holding the industry back.

Shulkin wants to further integrate private providers into VA health system

November 21, 2017

Veterans Affairs (VA) Secretary David Shulkin says he would like to expand the VA health system's use of private health care providers as a way "to give veterans more choice in their care and be the decision maker for their care, which [he] fundamentally believe[s] is a concept that has to be implemented."

The states with the most and fewest physicians—mapped

November 20, 2017

While the total number of physicians in the country has increased in recent years, physicians are not evenly distributed throughout the United States.

In the states: a Legionnaires' outbreak in Calif., a new commission to study maternal deaths in NYC, and more

November 17, 2017

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

SCOTUS to review Calif. law requiring crisis pregnancy centers to post info about abortion options

November 15, 2017

The case challenges a 2015 California law that requires crisis pregnancy centers, which typically counsel women against abortion, to post information about publicly funded abortion and contraceptive options, regardless of whether the centers disagree with abortion or contraceptives on religious grounds.

If the individual mandate goes, 13M more people would be uninsured, and deficit would fall $338B, CBO says

November 9, 2017

The Congressional Budget Office and the Joint Committee on Taxation project repealing the Affordable Care Act's individual mandate would result in 13 million more uninsured U.S. residents and save the federal government $338 billion from 2018 to 2027, compared with current law.

House approves bills intended to bolster veterans' access to care

November 9, 2017

The Veteran Urgent Access to Mental Healthcare Act and the Veterans E-Health and Telemedicine Support Act of 2017 now head to the Senate.

CVS to offer same- and next-day prescription delivery

November 7, 2017

CVS' announcement comes amid speculation that Amazon intends to enter the prescription drug market and deliver drugs directly to consumers' homes.

CMS signals support for states to use Medicaid to expand access to opioid misuse treatments

November 3, 2017

CMS unveils a new policy that aims to give states more flexibility to design five-year demonstration projects that increase access to treatments for opioid misuse as part of an HHS-wide effort to address the U.S. opioid misuse epidemic.

White House commission releases recommendations to combat US opioid misuse epidemic

November 2, 2017

The White House Commission on Combating Drug Addiction and the Opioid Crisis report includes 56 recommendations for the federal government to address opioid misuse in the United States, but it does not call for new funding to implement the commission's suggestions.

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