Policy

The American Medical Association has adopted a handful of new policies to guide its future policy work during its interim meeting, including supporting bans on conversion therapy, inclusive electronic health records, racial pay equity in medicine and medical training related to sexual orientation and gender identity.

Hospital groups are not happy about a new HHS requirement that will force all hospitals to publicly post their prices for services online. A group of hospital associations plan to launch a lawsuit against the agency just days after it finalized the rule, which will take effect Jan. 1, 2021.

The improper payment rate in Medicare fee-for-service (FFS) fell to its lowest rate since 2010, according to CMS. However, there were still an estimated $28.9 billion in improper payments made in 2019, down $7 billion from 2017.

HHS is looking into a secret project between Google and Ascension after news reports revealed Google was collecting personal health information, including names and birthdates, of millions of U.S. patients under the partnership.

Drugmakers are the most profitable industry in the world and would be able to remain profitable after experiencing a $1 trillion loss, according to a report from West Health Policy Center and Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.

The Trump administration is walking back on its plan to ban flavored e-cigarettes amidst an epidemic of lung illnesses and deaths related to vaping.

Just two days before Google was set to release an expansive set of human chest X-ray images, the National Institutes of Health (NIH) called the tech giant to call it off over privacy concerns, the Washington Post reported. Personal information about the patients in the images were still contained in some of the files and could be used to identify patients, NIH told Google.

CMS has finalized a rule that will force hospitals to publish a public list of their standard charges for items and services they provide. The rule was originally proposed to take effect in 2020, but the finalized version won’t require the changes until 2021.

The threat of antibiotic-resistant infections are on the rise, with more than 2.8 million occurring in the U.S. each year and more than 35,000 deaths, according to the CDC.

A handful of people associated with the White House or President Trump’s transition and campaign were hired as outside contractors to the federal government in contracts worth hundreds of thousands of dollars, Politico reported.

A shocking number of Americans know someone, either a friend or family member, in the past five years who died because they couldn’t afford to receive necessary medical treatment, according to a new Gallup and West Health study.

CMS has proposed a new rule intended to increase oversight of the fiscal integrity of the Medicaid program. Specifically, the proposal would increase reporting on supplemental payments, clarify some Medicaid financing definitions and attempt to crack down on questionable financing mechanisms.