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Moody's says nonprofit hospital market should improve in 2020

December 17, 2019


Moody's Investors Service in a recent report said nonprofit hospitals and health systems should see an increase in revenue in 2020, upgrading the sector to a stable outlook.

Legal THC products tied to vaping-linked lung illness

December 16, 2019


As the number of cases of a vaping-linked lung illness continues to grow, state and federal officials have found both legal and illegal tetrahydrocannabinol products are linked to a number of the cases, but CDC said the source of the illness remains unknown.

Advocates, policymakers call for ACA open enrollment extension, citing technical issues

December 16, 2019


Democratic policymakers and health care advocates are urging the Trump administration to extend the Affordable Care Act's open enrollment period, which ended Sunday, citing reports of widespread glitches with HealthCare.gov.

Bloomberg is 'in outstanding health,' doctor says

December 16, 2019


Former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg (D), who is seeking the 2020 Democratic nomination for president, on Thursday released a letter from his doctor saying he is "a 77-year-old man in outstanding health."

How 10 former NFL players allegedly committed $3.9M in health care fraud

December 16, 2019


The Department of Justice on Thursday announced that it has charged 10 former NFL players with fraud for allegedly submitting false claims for medical equipment totaling $3.9 million to a health benefits program for former players.

CMS will reimburse hospitals for 2019 site-neutral payment cuts—but will implement the cuts in 2020

December 16, 2019


CMS on Thursday announced plans to reimburse hospitals for site-neutral payment cuts the agency made to off-campus hospital facilities in 2019—but CMS separately said it still intends to implement site-neutral payment cuts in 2020.

Stephen Hahn, MD Anderson CMO, confirmed as FDA commissioner

December 13, 2019


The Senate on Thursday voted 72-18 to confirm President Trump's nomination of Stephen Hahn to serve as FDA commissioner.

House approves Pelosi's Rx pricing bill, rejects GOP alternative

December 13, 2019


The House on Thursday voted 230-291 to pass House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's (D-Calif.) bill intended to lower prescription drug prices in the United States, and voted 201-223 to reject a bill introduced by House Republicans that was intended to serve as an alternative to Pelosi's measure.

CMS OKs Medicaid work requirements in another nonexpansion state

December 13, 2019


CMS on Thursday approved two separate Medicaid waiver requests from South Carolina, a state where officials have not expanded Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act, to impose work requirements on certain Medicaid beneficiaries and change eligibility limits for adults with minor children.

SCOTUS declines to hear Arizona opioid case against Sackler family

December 13, 2019


The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday declined to hear a rare case brought by Arizona accusing members of the Sackler family, which owns Purdue Pharma, of funneling out billions of dollars from the company before filing for bankruptcy as part of a settlement over its alleged role in the opioid epidemic.

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