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CMS: More MA beneficiaries will enroll in top-rated plans in 2020

October 16, 2019


More than three-quarters of Medicare Advantage beneficiaries with prescription drug coverage are expected to enroll in plans with four- or five-star ratings for the 2020 coverage year, according to CMS quality star ratings data released Friday.

Was the Salt Lake City cop who arrested a nurse over a blood draw just a 'fall guy'?

October 16, 2019


When a video of a Salt Lake City police officer handcuffing a University of Utah Hospital nurse for refusing to draw blood from an unconscious patient went viral, the department fired him for his conduct—but now, the officer is suing the department and the city, saying he was following his supervisor's orders when he arrested the nurse.

CBO: Pelosi's Rx drug pricing bill would save Medicare $345B, but result in fewer new drugs

October 15, 2019


House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's (D-Calif.) bill aiming to reduce prescription drug prices in the United States would save Medicare $345 billion from 2023 to 2029, but drugmakers would bring fewer new drugs to the market, according to a preliminary analysis by the Congressional Budget Office released Friday.

CDC gives vaping-linked illness a new name

October 15, 2019


CDC on Friday released new guidance for clinicians to use to evaluate and treat patients with a lung illness officials believe is linked to e-cigarette use and vaping—and gave the illness a new name.

Appeals court seems likely to rule against Medicaid work requirements

October 15, 2019


During oral arguments Friday, a three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit seemed likely to uphold a lower court ruling against Medicaid work requirements in Arkansas and Kentucky.

Meet 'Milasen': The first-ever drug designed for just one patient

October 15, 2019


Eight-year-old Mila Makovec was diagnosed with a rare, usually fatal neurological disorder in 2016, but now—thanks to a drug that researchers developed specifically for her—many of Mila's symptoms have been halted or reversed, according to a report published Wednesday in the New England Journal of Medicine.

Should hospitals help a patient regain mobility—or protect them from falls? Sometimes, it's a tough choice.

October 15, 2019


Falls are the leading cause of fatal and nonfatal injuries for older Americans, but hospitals seeking to prevent falls are facing a conundrum over whether patients should remain bedbound to avoid dangers or move to regain their mobility.

How Denver Health is finding homes for patients—without 'stranding' them in the hospital

October 15, 2019


Health systems across the country are testing ways to help patients who are healthy enough to leave the hospital but lack a safe place to go after discharge.

Judges temporarily block Trump admin's 'public charge' rule

October 14, 2019


Federal judges in three states on Friday temporarily blocked a final rule issued by the Trump administration that would allow federal officials to consider whether immigrants are receiving or are likely to receive Medicaid or other public benefits when reviewing their residency applications.

The US' biggest public health crisis, according to 4 former US surgeons general

October 14, 2019


The number of dementia cases in the United States is "exploding," but the country has yet to come up with a plan to tackle the condition, a group of former U.S. surgeons general write for the Orlando Sentineland they offer ways the nation can address the crisis.

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