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Do value-based payment programs work?

October 1, 2019


Medicare has increasingly emphasized value-based payment programs since the Affordable Care Act's enactment, but nearly a decade later, experts are still weighing whether these value-based initiatives work, health economist Austin Frakt writes for the New York Times' "The Upshot."

DOJ charges 35 individuals in $2B Medicare scam

October 1, 2019


The Department of Justice last week announced that it has brought charges against 35 individuals, including 10 medical professionals, for their alleged role in a Medicare scam involving dozens of telemedicine companies and genetic testing laboratories.

FDA will not regulate fitness tracker apps, other healthy lifestyle software

September 30, 2019


FDA last week released guidelines clarifying how the agency will regulate digital health products, such as mobile apps and tools that use artificial intelligence to help doctors make clinical decisions.

Senate approves stopgap spending measure to avert federal shutdown

September 27, 2019


The Senate yesterday voted 82-15 to pass a stopgap spending bill (HR 4378) that would fund the federal government through Nov. 21, including funding extensions for community health centers, teaching hospital programs, and more.

As vaping illnesses spike to 805 cases, Congress launches hearings

September 27, 2019


Congress this week held public hearings on the risks of vaping, as the latest CDC data show the number of cases of a mysterious illness that is linked to e-cigarettes and vaping rose to 805 and the number of deaths related to the illness rose to 12.

CMS finalizes rules to cut regulatory burdens on hospitals, transplant centers

September 27, 2019


CMS this week finalized two rules that eliminate several regulations that CMS has deemed duplicative or unnecessary and increases transparency in post-acute care facilities.

In the states: Patrick Conway resigns as Blue Cross North Carolina CEO, Massachusetts bans sales of all vaping products, and more

September 27, 2019


American Health Line rounds up the latest health care news in the states.

What the House's impeachment inquiry could mean for health care

September 26, 2019


House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D) this week announced the House is launching a formal impeachment inquiry, which analysts say could jeopardize negotiations between Congress and the White House on a proposal to lower prescription drug prices.

US abortion rate hits lowest point since 1973

September 26, 2019


The rate of abortions in the United States has fallen to the lowest level recorded since the Supreme Court legalized the procedure in 1973, according to a report released last week by the Guttmacher Institute.

A fourth lawsuit seeks to invalidate Medicaid work requirements. This time in Indiana.

September 25, 2019


Two legal advocacy groups on Friday filed a lawsuit against CMS, challenging its decision to approve Indiana's Medicaid waiver to implement Medicaid work requirements in the state.

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