Policy

The FDA is putting an end to a program that allowed medical device companies to keep the public in the dark about reports of harm and malfunction. The program, called alternative summary reporting, was established in 1997 and its data has not been publicly available.

Adopting the prices of other countries could potentially have helped save Medicare part D as much as $72.8 billion in 2018, as drug prices in the U.S. averaged 3.2 to 4.1 times higher after rebates compared to the U.K., Japan and Ontario, Canada, according to a study published in Health Affairs.

HHS has finalized a rule that will require drug companies to publish the list prices of drugs in television ads. 

CMS is taking steps to streamline the review process for states that apply for section 1915 waivers and state plan amendments, CMS Administrator Seema Verma announced May 7.  

Tennessee is poised to become the first state of the union to ask for Medicaid block granting from the Trump administration, Politico reported.

The Department of Justice has formally asked an appeals court to throw out the Affordable Care Act in its entirety, a drastic change from the Trump administration’s previous stance that only certain provisions of the healthcare law should be tossed.

CMS has finalized a rule to ensure that states cannot divert portions of Medicaid provider payments to third parties beyond what is allowed in the statute.

CMS has proposed a new rule that aims to improve transparency around accrediting organizations (AOs) that certify healthcare facilities in the Medicare program. Specifically, the rule creates a new process for AOs to follow if there is a sale, transfer or purchase of assets in the ownership of the organization.

HHS has changed its regulations for civil monetary penalties (CMP) under the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA), effectively lowering penalties across four categories of violations.

Healthcare is a major voter issue, but many Americans tend to trust Democrats more than Republicans in this area heading into the 2020 election, according to a new poll from the Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research.

HHS and CMS have launched a set of new payment models, dubbed the Primary Cares Initiative, that aim to transform primary care through value-based options. The new models will also test financial risk and performance-based payments for primary care practitioners and clinicians.

Medicare’s site-neutral policy, which pays outpatient hospital sites like they’re independent doctors’ offices, is turning out to be as unpopular in practice as it was in theory—as least among hospitals.