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Whistleblower alleges she was directed to tamper with VA wait lists

July 2, 2019


A Veterans Affairs (VA) whistleblower last week told House lawmakers that she was directed to schedule fake appointments in order to improperly remove veterans from electronic wait lists in an effort to hide long wait times at a VA health care facility.

SCOTUS declines to rule on Alabama law restricting second-trimester abortions

July 2, 2019


The Supreme Court will not hear a case seeking to revive an Alabama abortion law to ban the most common form of second-trimester abortion, called a dilation and evacuation procedure, meaning a lower court ruling that struck down the 2015 law will remain in place.

HHS delays implementation of 'conscience protection' rule

July 2, 2019


HHS in a court filing Saturday said it is delaying implementation of a rule intended to enforce protections for health care professionals who have moral or religious objections to providing certain medical care, including abortion care and medically assisted death.

How this health system reduced ED visits for oncology patients—and lowered costs

July 2, 2019


Christiana Care Health System in November 2016 introduced a nurse navigator initiative for cancer patients that has helped improve clinical outcomes while reducing costs.

CMS OKs Louisiana's plan to get 'unlimited access' to hep C treatment

July 1, 2019


CMS last week signed off on Louisiana's plan to test a subscription-based payment model for hepatitis C drugs intended to increase medication access for its Medicaid and prison populations.

Sanford, UnityPoint to merge into $11B 'regional giant'

July 1, 2019


Sanford Health and UnityPoint Health on Friday announced their intent to merge into an $11 billion integrated health system that, pending regulatory approval, would form a "regional giant" in the Midwest, according to the Wall Street Journal.

US drug overdose deaths might have declined for the first time since 1990

June 28, 2019


Drug-related overdose deaths in the United States appear to have declined by 4.4% to about 69,000 deaths for the 12-month period ending in November 2018, according to provisional data from CDC.

It's official: Medicare will reimburse more hospitals for TAVR

June 26, 2019


CMS on Friday finalized requirements that relax the number of procedures required to receive Medicare and Medicaid reimbursement for transcatheter aortic valve replacements.

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