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Senate passes opioid package. Here's the 3 key provisions House, Senate negotiators must tackle.

September 18, 2018

House and Senate negotiators now must reconcile each chamber's legislative package, meaning they will need to tackle differences on inpatient substance misuse Medicaid coverage, privacy restrictions, and more.

DOJ OKs proposed Cigna-Express Scripts merger

September 18, 2018

Makan Delrahim, assistant attorney general of the Department of Justice's antitrust division, says, "After a thorough review of the proposed transaction, the antitrust division has determined that the combination of Cigna … and [Express Scripts] … is unlikely to result in harm to competition or consumers."

Is Trump's rule for short-term health plans justified? Health care groups say no.

September 17, 2018

The groups in a lawsuit to block the final rule argue that the Trump administration's justifications for the rule "are directly contrary to the congressional determinations embodied in the text and structure of the [Affordable Care Act]."

Inside hospitals' scramble to respond to Hurricane Florence this weekend

September 17, 2018

Hundreds of hospitals in Hurricane Florence's path initially hunkered down or closed to weather the brunt of the storm—but many of those facilities are back up and running, coordinating with state officials and other providers to ensure patients get the care they need.

House committee advances bill targeting pharmacy 'gag' clauses

September 17, 2018

The bill, called the Know the Cost Act, now heads to the House floor for a vote, though it is not yet clear when any vote will be scheduled.

Lawmakers just agreed on a $90.5B HHS funding deal. Here's what made the cut—and what didn't.

September 14, 2018

Under the agreement, HHS would receive $90.5 billion for fiscal year (FY) 2019, including $6.7 billion for programs targeting the opioid misuse epidemic.

Mass. voters will decide if nurse-patient ratios should extend beyond the ICU. But a new study casts doubt.

September 14, 2018

A new study suggests Massachusetts' mandatory limit on patient-to-nurse staffing ratios had little to no effect on ICU staffing or patient outcomes, but the Massachusetts Nurses Association, which is backing a ballot initiative to apply similar limits in other hospital departments, says the study does not offer a complete picture of the changes' effect.

1 in 4 people with diabetes have rationed insulin. Here's why that's dangerous.

September 14, 2018

About one in four diabetics has resorted to rationing their insulin doses to combat rising prices—but the practice can have lethal consequences.

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.

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