Some of the largest healthcare companies, including for-profit hospital chains, insurers and pharmaceuticals, will pay a combined $10 billion less in taxes for 2018 thanks to the corporate tax cuts passed by Republicans and signed into law by President Donald Trump, according to a report published by Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Oregon.
Apr 19, 2018 | Policy
The Medical Group Management Association (MGMA), American Medical Association (AMA) and the American College of Physicians (ACP) are asking for changes to the Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS), with a wide group of stakeholders wanting the quality reporting period reduced to 90 days and ACP releasing a study determining many MIPS measures aren’t valid.
Apr 19, 2018 | Policy
Millions more Americans could pick Medicare as their health insurer under a bill introduced by Sens. Chris Murphy, D-Connecticut, and Jeff Merkley, D-Oregon, by making it a public insurance option on the Affordable Care Act (ACA) exchanges and for employers.
Apr 18, 2018 | Policy
Former Veterans Affairs (VA) Secretary David Shulkin, MD, said he was pushed out of his position because he opposed privatizing veterans’ healthcare. The nominee to replace him, White House physician Ronny Jackson, MD, has been promising Democratic senators that he’s also against privatization of the VA.
Apr 18, 2018 | Policy
“Although medical devices provide great benefits to patients, they also present risks,” said FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb, MD. “And we are focusing equal attention on advancing new frameworks for identifying risks and protecting consumers.”
Apr 17, 2018 | Policy
The American College of Physicians (ACP) has published a list of recommendations aimed at ending gender disparities in medicine for compensation and career advancement, as well as calling on healthcare organizations to provide a minimum of six weeks paid leave for physicians, residents and medical students.
Apr 17, 2018 | Policy
President Donald Trump will deliver a speech on April 26 focused on ways to lower prescription drug prices, but the pharmaceutical industry doesn’t expect it to include the more dramatic reforms Trump espoused on the campaign trail.
Apr 16, 2018 | Quality
Critical access hospitals, ambulatory care and office-based surgical practices would be subject to new requirements for pain assessment and management under proposals released by the Joint Commission, with safe prescribing of opioids needing to be an “organizational priority” in all three settings.
Apr 11, 2018 | Health IT
The U.S. Coast Guard has announced it will join the U.S. Department of Defense (DOD) $4.3 billion rollout of a Cerner electronic health record (EHR) system, giving the health IT giant yet another major customer within the federal government.
Apr 10, 2018 | Policy
In a final rule that CMS said would help customers “suffering from high Obamacare premiums,” the agency’s 2019 rule for the Affordable Care Act (ACA) exchanges would give states more power on how plans cover required benefits and widen exemptions to the law’s individual mandate in the final year customers can be penalized for not having ACA-compliant insurance.
Apr 06, 2018 | Leadership
In an email to CMS staff, agency administrator Seema Verma announced Adam Boehler, CEO of home-based care startup Landmark Health, has been named the new head of the Center for Medicaid and Medicare Innovation (CMMI).
Apr 06, 2018 | Policy
The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is fighting claims from fired VA Secretary David Shulkin, MD, that the agency is moving toward privatizing veterans’ healthcare, issuing a press release calling such talk “completely false and a red herring designed to distract and avoid honest debate on the real issues."
Apr 06, 2018 | Policy
At the April meeting of the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission (MedPAC), the panel voted to recommend a 30 percent cut to payment rates for standalone emergency departments (EDs) and indicated it may suggest action on hospital quality reporting later this year.
Apr 05, 2018 | Care Delivery
In the first public health advisory from his office in 13 years, U.S. Surgeon General Jerome Adams, MD, MPH, has asked Americans—particularly those who have friends, family or are personally at risk of overdosing on opioids—to carry the overdose-reversing medication naloxone.
Apr 04, 2018 | Policy
In Democrat-dominated California, an intraparty fight is brewing over how to remake the state’s healthcare system. In one corner, advocates are trying to achieve universal healthcare by expanding the Affordable Care Act’s gains in insurance coverage. In the other, there are diehard supporters of moving to a single-payer system.
Apr 04, 2018 | Policy
In its final report on the 2018 open enrollment period on the Affordable Care Act (AC) exchanges, CMS said 11.8 million people selected or were re-enrolled in a plan. While the final tally combining enrollment from the federal and state exchanges represents a 3 percent decline from the prior year, supporters of the ACA painted it as a positive, considering cuts in outreach and advertising and the push to repeal the law by the Trump administration.
Apr 03, 2018 | Policy
Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds signed legislation into law to allow health plans that don’t comply with Affordable Care Act regulations with a new kind of strategy: Defining some insurance plans as something other than health insurance.
Apr 03, 2018 | Policy
CMS has finalized its rule for 2019 rates for Medicare Advantage and Medicare Part D, giving insurers a bigger-than-expected rate increase while finalizing proposals on expanded supplemental benefits and efforts aimed at fighting opioid addiction.
Apr 02, 2018 | Policy
In his first all-staff meeting as director of Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Robert Redfield, MD, predicted the U.S. could end the AIDS epidemic with tools already available. He also committed the agency’s policies to be rooted in scientific evidence.
Mar 30, 2018 | Policy
The failure to pass funding for reinsurance and cost-sharing reduction subsidies for the Affordable Care Act (ACA) exchanges and the potential for pharmaceutical-backed changes to the 340B drug discount program are just some of the major issues on the American Hospital Association’s radar this year, according to executive vice president of government affairs Tom Nickels.
Mar 27, 2018 | Policy
An election year usually means little movement in Congress on major policies. That’s especially true for hot-button issues in healthcare, according to Tom Nickels, the American Hospital Association’s executive vice president of government relations, meaning major reforms may have to wait until after the midterm election—or perhaps after the next presidential race.