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Trump issues executive order to expand private Medicare plans

October 4, 2019


President Trump on Thursday issued an executive order that aims to expand private Medicare Advantage (MA) plans, more closely align Medicare fee-for-service payments with MA and commercial plans, and implement other Medicare reforms.

What hospital ombudsmen really do (and why some patients hire their own advocates instead)

October 3, 2019


To navigate an increasingly complex and at times overwhelming health care system, patients are turning to hospital ombudsmen and private patient advocates to navigate their care.

Meet Ed Garner, the only physician in 'the middle of nowhere'

October 2, 2019


For years, Ed Garner has been the only practicing physician for 11,000 square miles of Van Horn, Texas, where he sees patients day and night at the only hospital for more than 100 miles in either direction.

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.

Inside 'Amazon Care': Amazon's latest move into health care

September 26, 2019


Amazon is piloting a virtual clinic for Seattle-based employees and their family members, and observers say the pilot program could allow Amazon to test the virtual health clinics among employees before potentially expanding the offering to the public market.

A fourth lawsuit seeks to invalidate Medicaid work requirements. This time in Indiana.

September 25, 2019


Two legal advocacy groups on Friday filed a lawsuit against CMS, challenging its decision to approve Indiana's Medicaid waiver to implement Medicaid work requirements in the state.

Where do voters stand on 'Medicare for All'?

September 24, 2019


More voters favor health care proposals to allow everyone to enroll in Medicare than proposals to replace private insurance with a so-called "Medicare-for-All" plan, according to a Wall Street Journal/NBC News poll.

Inside Buttigieg's 'Medicare for All Who Want It' plan

September 19, 2019


South Bend, Indiana, Mayor Pete Buttigieg (D), who is seeking the 2020 Democratic nomination for president, on Thursday released his so-called "Medicare for All Who Want It" plan, which would create a public health plan that Americans could choose to opt in to.

Providers urge CMS to delay proposed radiation oncology bundled payment model

September 19, 2019


Provider groups are urging CMS to delay its proposed mandatory bundled payment model for radiation oncology, saying the model could lower investments in new technologies and equipment and reduce access to new types of care.

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