CMS is planning to launch a simplified comparison tool for Medicare beneficiaries to find care.

The pharmaceutical industry upped its lobbying efforts in 2019, with a record-high of $29 million spent lobbying Congress.

Medicare beneficiaries can receive acupuncture to treat lower back pain after CMS finalized coverage on Jan. 21. The treatment was previously non-covered by Medicare and was reviewed by CMS with evidence and examinations of policies of private payers.

More accountable care organizations are taking on downside financial risk in the Medicare Shared Savings Program than ever before, with 37% in the program today participating in these arrangements.

The Supreme Court won’t take up the ongoing appeal over the constitutionality of the Affordable Care Act, leaving the decision in the hands of a lower court.

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Innovation savings projections keep moving, underscoring just how difficult it is to estimate the impact of untested alternative payment models, according to a recent analysis from Avalere Health.

The American College of Physicians, which represents 159,000 internists in the U.S., has endorsed a single-payer American healthcare system.

HHS Secretary Alex Azar took some heat from President Trump after a recent poll showed Democrats leading when it came to the issue of healthcare.

 

HHS has released a draft of its five-year Federal Health IT Strategic Plan, outlining the goals, objectives and strategies for the government to pursue.

The Affordable Care Act has remained strong despite the lack of an individual mandate, which was effectively stripped in the 2018 budget by Republicans.

Drug prices are still rising, with manufacturers hiking up prices at the start of 2020. And the “reluctance” from the Republican party to challenge those rising prices could become a huge liability for the upcoming 2020 election, according to The Hill.

Healthcare administrative and bureaucracy costs in the U.S. reached $812 billion in 2017––a whopping four times higher than Canada, according to a new study by Harvard researchers. And Medicare for all could be the way to achieve huge savings.