Policy

The Hippocratic oath is the oath of ethics physicians typically abide by, but those working in U.S. immigration detention facilities may be facing a major dilemma. In fact, physicians working in these facilities may not be able to uphold the pledge updated and approved by the World Medical Association in 2017 to “not use my medical knowledge to violate human rights and civil liberties, even under threat.”

Health insurance premiums on the individual marketplace are expected to drop 4% for the 2020 coverage year, according to CMS, which also stated it was the second consecutive year of declines.

Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), a presidential candidate, has said she will soon reveal how she plans to pay for a Medicare for all health system as part of her platform, Politico reported.

Payments to hospitals have been reduced by more than $250 billion over the last decade, according to a recent study.

The American Medical Association has joined forces with 110 other healthcare industry groups representing hundreds of thousands of physicians to urge Congress to find a balanced approach to surprise medical billing legislation.

A former insurance executive is speaking up against the lobbying power of the health insurance industry as the issue of healthcare reform in the 2020 election heats up in the Democratic debates.

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.