Policy

A Texas lawsuit seeking a halt in the enforcement of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) is ramping up, with oral arguments scheduled for Sept. 10. The lawsuit, which was filed by 20 Republican state attorneys general, argues the ACA is unconstitutional.
Healthcare professionals in Massachusetts will now have to undergo training in the diagnosis, treatment and care of patients with Alzheimer’s disease and dementia before they can obtain or renew licenses thanks to a new law.
State regulators are resisting urges by HHS to push short-term health plans after the Trump administration expanded their availability, The Hill reported.
With immigration certainly a central issue in the 2018 mid-term elections, a new study could fuel debates about the dollars and cents of policy proposals. Researchers from Harvard Medical School and Tufts University found that immigrants’ healthcare costs were significantly lower than those of individuals born in the United States.
After halting, then restarting, payments for the healthcare insurance risk-adjustment program, CMS has proposed keeping the payments for the 2018 benefits rule.
Three members of President Donald Trump’s private beach club, Mar-a-Lago, are running the show at the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs (VA) despite not being government officials or veterans, according to a bombshell report by ProPublica.
With several recent billion-dollar deals bringing together payers and providers, the U.S. healthcare market is consolidating—but the rising concentration isn’t improving quality of care or helping lower costs.
The U.S. FDA issued new draft guidelines to treat opioid use disorders that include using medication-assisted treatment drugs.
In response to the Trump administration’s decision to expand short-term health plans, Senate Democrats will try to force a vote to block the rule, the Associated Press reported.
As the debate over a possible single-payer health system heats up, at least one study has shown such a model is viable in New York—with a few catches.
Chicago, Baltimore, Cincinnati and Columbus, Ohio, filed a joint lawsuit accusing the Trump administration of actively undermining the Affordable Care Act.
CMS finalized a rule for inpatient and long-term care hospital payments, tossing out a controversial reimbursement plan with it.
Healthcare advocacy groups and other stakeholders are speaking out against the Trump administration’s decision to allow short-term healthcare insurance plans to extend up to three years.
Hospices will see a 1.8 percent, or $340 million, payment increase in 2019 after CMS finalized its annual payment update.
The individual health insurance marketplace experienced a 12 percent decline in enrollment during the first quarter of 2018 compared to the same time period last year.
Jul 31, 2018 | Quality
California’s maternal death rates been halved as pregnancy-related deaths increase in the U.S. Safety experts and hospitals in California have worked together to implement improved practices. So why haven't other states done the same? A USA Today investigation looks for an answer.
Quality, Policy
Jul 30, 2018 | Leadership
Robert Wilkie—scheduled to be sworn in as the new Secretary of the Department of Veterans Affairs on Monday, July 30—has big plans for reorganizing the upper levels of the agency. His efforts are aimed at boosting flagging morale while ensuring leadership remains nonpartisan.
Leadership, Policy
Jul 27, 2018 | Policy
CMS released its plan to reduce paperwork and improve patient care on Friday, July 27, that could have implications for 40 percent of Medicare payments. The plan combines four levels of paperwork and four levels of reimbursement to be combined in a single form and one flat fee for each physician appointment.
Policy
Jul 27, 2018 | Policy
Despite hitting a bump in the road with Medicaid work requirements in Kentucky, the Trump administration will continue to approve applications from other states. HHS Secretary Alex Azar, in a speech to the Heritage Foundation on Thursday, July 26, reiterated a commitment to establishing such requirements for able-bodied people who receive Medicaid.
Policy
Jul 27, 2018 | Care Delivery
The United States ranks as the only developed nation on a list of countries with increasing maternal mortality rates. No. 1 in spending at $3.3 trillion, the U.S. ranks 47th in pregnancy-related deaths and is one of only eight nations with worsening pregnancy-related death rates.
Care Delivery, Policy
Jul 25, 2018 | Policy
On Tuesday, July 24, CMS released a new rule that will allow risk-adjustment payments, which were halted July 7 and threatened to destabilize health insurance marketplaces by keeping billions of dollars from insurers.
Policy