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Is CBD actually safe? Here's why FDA is sounding the alarm.

December 3, 2019


FDA is raising new safety concerns about products containing cannabidiol (CBD), particularly CBD-containing foods, and last week sent warning letters to 15 companies the agency said are illegally marketing CBD products.

Massachusetts just enacted the toughest e-cigarette restrictions in the US

December 3, 2019


Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker (R) on Wednesday signed into law a bill that imposes new state restrictions on sales of flavored tobacco and vaping products, including menthol cigarettes, in response to the growing number of youth using e-cigarettes and an outbreak of a vaping-linked lung illness.

Federal exchange signups still lag behind last year, but are picking up pace

December 2, 2019


CMS on Wednesday announced about 2.37 million people have signed up for federal exchange plans so far during the Affordable Care Act's current open enrollment period, which is down by about 2% when compared with the first four weeks of last year's open enrollment period.

Judge vacates criminal convictions against pharma execs in first-of-its-kind opioid case

December 2, 2019


A federal judge on Tuesday partially vacated criminal convictions against former Insys Therapeutics executives in a first-of-its-kind case accusing the executives of contributing to the opioid epidemic.

Bad debt is rising again at nonprofit hospitals, Moody's finds

December 2, 2019


The amount of bad debt nonprofit hospitals experience increased in 2018 for the first time since 2014, in part because of changes to insurance benefit designs that are placing greater financial responsibility on patients, according to a new report from Moody's Investors Service.

Judge blocks policy denying visas to immigrants without health coverage

December 2, 2019


A federal judge on Tuesday issued a ruling blocking a Trump administration policy under which the federal government would deny immigrants visas if they cannot prove they can afford to cover their medical expenses or that they will be enrolled in health coverage.

The Medicare Plan Finder tool got a big update. (It's not going well.)

November 27, 2019


CMS earlier this year updated the Medicare Plan Finder tool for the first time in a decade, but users are reporting various technical glitches with the revamped tool, which they say are causing inaccurate cost estimates.

How CDC's 'disease detectives' are cracking the case of the vaping-linked lung illness

November 27, 2019


In a race to identify the cause of the current outbreak of a vaping-linked illness, CDC's "disease detectives" faced an unprecedented number of challenges, including the unenviable task of diagnosing "a new disease that present[s] itself in different ways" and navigating several thousand potential "suspects," the Washington Post reports.

CMS will soon accept applications for a new value-based primary care model

November 27, 2019


CMS on Monday announced that health care providers next month will be able to start applying for the direct contracting pathways under the agency's new Primary Care First alternative payment model.

Anthem Blue Cross plans sue HHS for $100M in risk corridors payments

November 27, 2019


Anthem Blue Cross health plans last week filed a lawsuit against HHS seeking $100 million they claim they should have been paid under the Affordable Care Act's risk corridors program.

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