Policy

Despite the Trump administration’s battle cry to cut regulation and reduce paperwork for healthcare organizations, more medical practices say regulatory burdens are worse. And they’ve named prior authorization as the worst regulatory offender.

Sky-high drug prices are a huge issue for many Americans who can’t pay for necessary medications, and 78% feel the federal government should be able to negotiate better prices.

 

The majority of Americans don’t believe President Trump has a healthcare plan to replace the Affordable Care Act. While Trump has touted that he will release a healthcare plan and that his administration already had an outline for a plan back in June, he has yet to release anything.

The Trump administration’s efforts to change the Medicaid program by allowing states to implement work requirements could be under threat as they are challenged in court and threatened by a new report that shows the steep cost of putting the changes into place.

A handful of states are contemplating leaving the federal healthcare marketplace in favor of their own state-based marketplace. 

HHS proposed anticipated changes to kickbacks regulations and the physician self-referral law, known as the Stark Law, Oct. 9. 

The Republican party can no longer rely on U.S. doctors as supporters and donators, as this once solid group of backers has turned toward the Democratic party over the last several decades, according to a new report from The Wall Street Journal.

Democratic presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg, currently the mayor of South Bend, Ind., presented his plan to take on high drug prices this week, tackling one of the hottest election issues.

The American Medical Association sent a letter to the CEOs of five of the largest commerce companies in the U.S. urging them to take action against the sale of illicit e-cigarette products on their platforms.

Signing a proclamation on Oct. 4, President Trump suspended and limited entry of immigrants who will put a financial burden on the U.S. healthcare system unless they are covered by approved health insurance.

In a move toward making the public healthcare program more private, President Trump signed an executive order to strengthen Medicare Advantage.

While vaccinations rates prevented at least 10 million deaths worldwide from 2010 to 2015, according to the World Health Organization, there is a growing faction of U.S. residents who aren’t vaccinating their children. And some states are better than others when it comes to vaccinating.