As Medicare Advantage providers start to consider the new supplemental benefits granted by CMS for 2019, plans could start to see new perks for enrollees, The New York Times reported.
July 20, 2018 | Policy
A group of doctors filed suit against health insurance company Anthem for its pay practices over emergency room (ER) care.
July 20, 2018 | Care Delivery
Two more doctors have been indicted in an ongoing federal investigation into a kickback scheme that approached $1 billion in California.
The Trump administration is taking a wide approach in its efforts to lower drug prices—even considering importing drugs from abroad. 
The Office of Management and Budget (OMB) is reviewing a rule to unlock roughly $10 billion in payments for Affordable Care Act (ACA) insurance providers.
July 19, 2018 | Policy
The Medicare bidding process is hurting patients, according to a new study from the Pacific Research Institute.
July 19, 2018 | Leadership
Carestream Health announced Thursday, July 19, that David C. Westgate has been named the company’s new chairman, president and CEO.
July 19, 2018 | Care Delivery
In a push to improve health IT, CMS has doubled down on its efforts to support secure data sharing and emerging technologies by creating a new chief informatics officer role.
UnitedHealth Group is exploring an acquisition of Tenet Healthcare’s healthcare management subsidiary, Conifer Health Solutions, according to the The Wall Street Journal.
July 19, 2018 | Policy
After a federal judge blocked work requirements for Medicaid beneficiaries in Kentucky, CMS has opened a pathway for the policy.
July 19, 2018 | Care Delivery
ECRI Institute, an independent nonprofit organization, has stepped in to maintain a national database of clinical best practices after HHS cut funding to the resource.
Novartis, one of the world’s biggest pharmaceutical companies, has paused any price hikes on its drugs for the remainder of 2018.
July 18, 2018 | Policy
The FDA unveiled a new plan to enable market competition for biologics and biosimilars Wednesday, July 18, as part of a larger shift to lower drug prices across the healthcare system.
With a stake in two post-acute care companies under its belt, health insurer Humana saw its share price hit a new record high last week.
July 18, 2018 | Leadership
Adam Boehler, the director of the Center for Medicare & Medicaid Innovation (CMMI), has been appointed to serve as a senior adviser to for HHS’s Value-Based Transformation and Innovation.
Retail giant Amazon is in early talk to invest in Medplus, India’s second-largest pharmacy chain, according to FactorDaily.
July 18, 2018 | Care Delivery
Sentiments in the notes of ICU nurses are good indicators of whether patients will survive, according to researchers from the University of Waterloo in Ontario, Canada.
July 18, 2018 | Policy
President Donald Trump’s policy of “zero tolerance” on illegal immigration has led HHS to redirect millions in funding to house migrant children separated from their parents at the border.
July 18, 2018 | Artificial Intelligence
Artificial intelligence (AI) is proving valuable across the healthcare spectrum—from helping radiologists screen for disease to predicting difficulties during surgery. Researchers now hope the cutting-edge technology could safeguard public health by monitoring large-scale water treatment operations.
Proposed changes to the 340B drug pricing program, in addition to other cuts in payments, are being called out by industry associations and providers.
July 17, 2018 | Policy
Speeding up the regulatory process has led to uncertainty about the effectiveness of some new drugs.
July 17, 2018 | Health IT
The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is planning to launch a new $100 million telehealth initiative called the Connected Care Pilot Program.
July 17, 2018 | Care Delivery
The health insurance industry has teamed up with data brokers to “vacuum up” personal details about Americans including race, education level, marital status, TV habits, online ordering habits, social media posts and if they pay bills on time, NPR reported.
July 17, 2018 | Leadership
Sean Slovenski, a former executive at Humana, has been hired to run Walmart’s healthcare business, Bloomberg reported.
July 17, 2018 | Care Delivery
The National Guideline Clearinghouse, guideline.gov, has been terminated after funding to support the resource ended Monday, July 16.
Hospital utilization is slowing down in its growth, according to a recent survey of hospital administrators. The trend underscores the shift across the healthcare system away from high-cost settings toward lower-cost outpatient utilization.
July 16, 2018 | Leadership
Inflammatory tweets have led to the departures of two HHS political appointees who worked on President Donald Trump’s campaign.