Policy

HHS is launching a new action plan for the safe importation of certain prescription drugs to bring in medications from foreign markets. The Safe Importation Action Plan extends recent initiatives from the Trump administration to make prescription drugs cheaper in the U.S.

Just a day after announcing three new payment proposals for 2020, CMS introduced a new pilot program for clinicians focusing on data.

CMS unleashed a slew of proposals July 29, including 2020 payment rule proposals and a requirement for hospitals to publish the payer-specific negotiated prices of healthcare services.

President Trump is reportedly working on another executive order targeting rising drug prices, according to Reuters. 

CMS Administrator Seema Verma does not support expanding the government-sponsored healthcare programs she oversees to all Americans.

With Medicare for all on the lips of many Democratic presidential candidates and public support for universal healthcare coverage at its highest ever, concerns about healthcare usage under such a system have arisen. However, hospital use isn’t likely to rise under a Medicare-for-all plan, according to research published in the Annals of Internal Medicine.

Changes to the accountable care organization shared savings program by CMS are having the desired effect, but fewer ACOs are participating in 2019. The declaration comes from CMS Administrator Seema Verma, who recently penned a blog post in Health Affairs outlining the recent outcomes of the ACO shared savings program.

The Trump administration’s expansion of short-term limited-duration health plans has held up in court after a legal challenge.

The healthcare debate has moved into the limelight as the Democratic presidential primary race heats up.

A proposed rule to eliminate drug rebates will not be pushed through. However, President Trump could still take on the pharmaceutical industry in other ways.

HHS and CMS are following through on an executive order from President Trump to overhaul kidney care in the nation by proposing five new payment models.

Only 28% of ACOs formed in 2012 have taken on downside risk, while just 33% had at least one contract with downside risk in 2018, according to a study published in Health Affairs.