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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.

What it's like to go to the doctor when you're transgender

June 25, 2019


Transgender patients "still struggle to find competent basic care, much less trans-specific care," and a recent proposed rule from the Trump administration would return the transgender community to a health care environment that can deny them care, Katelyn Burns, a freelance journalist who is transgender, writes in a first-person essay for Vox.

California is using apps to monitor mental health patients. (And it's off to a rocky start).

June 21, 2019


California recently launched a multi-million dollar effort to test whether mobile apps can make mental health treatment accessible, and perhaps one day prevent a crisis before it occurs—but early testing suggests that privacy concerns, as well as issues that stymie conventional mental health treatments, present obstacles to success.

The best (and worst) states for children's health, mapped

June 20, 2019


The Annie E. Casey Foundation on Monday released a report that ranks the wellbeing of children in every state. See how your state fared with American Health Line's interactive maps.

Alexander, Murray just released updated legislation to address 'surprise' medical bills. Here's what made the cut.

June 20, 2019


Sens. Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) and Patty Murray (D-Wash.) on Wednesday formally introduced a wide-ranging bill to address so-called "surprise" medical bills that would establish a benchmark provider payment rate for out-of-network services, instead of the arbitration process favored by hospital industry groups.

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