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Congress just unveiled an FY 2020 funding deal to avoid a government shutdown

December 17, 2019


Congressional negotiators on Monday released a nearly $1.4 trillion spending agreement that would fund the federal government, including health agencies, through the end of fiscal year 2020 and includes several health care provisions—such as measures to permanently repeal three Affordable Care Act taxes, delay cuts to Medicaid disproportionate-share hospital payments, raise the minimum tobacco purchasing age, and more.

The national suicide prevention-hotline is closer to getting a 3-digit dialing code

December 17, 2019


The Federal Communications Commission on Thursday voted to approve a proposal to create a three-digit dialing code for the United States' suicide-prevention hotline.

FDA approves 1st fully disposable duodenoscope

December 17, 2019


FDA on Friday approved the first fully disposable duodenoscope, which is designed to eliminate the potential risk of infection that is tied to reusable scopes.

The 2019-2020 flu season so far, mapped

December 17, 2019


Between 2.6 million and 3.7 million people have contracted influenza so far this season, according to CDC data updated Friday.

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.

The 21 best places to work in health care, according to Glassdoor

December 16, 2019


Glassdoor on Wednesday released its annual Employees' Choice Awards for the Best Places to Work in 2020, and 21 health care and health care-adjacent organizations were recognized.

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.

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.

More people are dying at home than in hospitals. Is that a good thing?

December 13, 2019


More U.S. adults are dying at home than at the hospital for the first time in at least 50 years, according to a study published Thursday in the New England Journal of Medicine.

Are these 5 types of medical billing 'fraud by any other name'?

December 13, 2019


Elisabeth Rosenthal, a physician and editor-in-chief of Kaiser Health News, in a New York Times opinion piece recalls her husband's recent experience navigating the U.S. health care system and argues that "[m]uch of what we accept as legal in medical billing would be regarded as fraud in any other sector."

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