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Weekly Line: Does Trump need a health care plan?

September 20, 2019


Health care once again is shaping up to be a major focus for both voters and candidates in the 2020 elections.

Pelosi unveils bill to lower Rx drug prices. But will it pass Congress?

September 20, 2019


House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) on Thursday unveiled a highly anticipated bill that aims to reduce prescription drug prices in the United States by giving the HHS secretary the authority to negotiate Medicare payments for certain drugs and establishing a drug price ceiling for the negotiations based on the prices paid for the drugs in other countries.

House approves stopgap spending measure to avert federal shutdown

September 20, 2019


The House on Thursday voted 301-123 to pass a stopgap spending bill that would fund the federal government through Nov. 21, including funding extensions for community health centers, teaching hospital programs, and more.

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.

Tennessee has a first-in-the-nation plan to convert Medicaid into a block grant

September 19, 2019


Tennessee on Tuesday released a draft Medicaid waiver proposal to convert the state's Medicaid financing structure from an open-ended federal funding system into a block-grant system.

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.

Why is the US health care system such an outlier? Here's one hypothesis.

September 18, 2019


The U.S. health care system is unique, but some observers say what makes it truly distinct from other health care systems around the globe is the amount patients—including those who are insured—pay out of pocket for care.

How an alleged Groupon scam led these patients to get 'fake Botox'

September 18, 2019


Federal and state officials last week raided a plastic surgery office following accusations that a doctor at the clinic administered non-FDA-approved drugs to patients who purchased certain services through Groupon, adding to growing concerns that Groupon users might be more vulnerable to medical scams.

A federal judge struck down Medicare's site-neutral payment rule

September 18, 2019


A federal judge on Tuesday vacated HHS' site-neutral payment policy that cuts Medicare payment rates for off-campus hospital facilities.

A new peanut allergy drug could cost $4,200 a year. Is it just overpriced peanut flour?

September 18, 2019


An FDA advisory panel this month recommended approval of an experimental treatment for peanut allergies but, writing in The Atlantic, James Hamblin questions whether the product is worth its likely $4,200 price tag—and flags research suggesting it might backfire for some patients.

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