Policy

A study backing a bill that would greatly increase nurse staffing in Illinois hospitals by mandating certain nurse-to-patient ratios has drawn heat from the Illinois Health and Hospital Association (IHA).

Hospitals in the sixth most populous state stand to save $1.4 billion by collectively adding about 20,000 nurses.

CMS proposed to expand reimbursement for ambulatory blood pressure monitoring (ABPM) to patients with suspected masked hypertension while continuing to cover it for those with white coat hypertension.

The American College of Physicians (ACP) published a position paper April 16 in the Annals of Internal Medicine, voicing their discontent with recent federal actions to weaken the Affordable Care Act and offering seven recommendations on how to improve it.

Too often in the national opioid epidemic, the resources have seemed ample where the need is slim—and vice versa. The hunch has been confirmed by a study conducted at the University of Texas Health Science Center in Houston and published in the Journal of Addiction Medicine.

A final rule issued by CMS on April 5 cemented policies to increase plan choices and benefits for enrollees in the Medicare Advantage (MA) and Medicare Prescription Drug Benefit (Part D) programs, opening those beneficiaries to supplemental services like telehealth and streamlining the appeals process for those unsatisfied with their healthcare.

Amid a national debate over whether or not to dissolve the Affordable Care Act entirely or keep parts of the law intact, research presented at the American Heart Association’s QCOR Scientific Sessions on April 5 suggests Medicaid expansion contributed to a significant decline in cardiovascular-related deaths in recent years.

The creators of CMS’s Overall Hospital Quality Star Rating ratings system—aka “Hospital Compare”—intended to present healthcare consumers with an easy, user-friendly way to choose a hospital. However, since the ratings went live in 2016, the system has proven both confusing to consumers and confounding to hospitals.

A federal judge rejected the Trump administration’s efforts to expand access to association health plans March 29, throwing small businesses that rely on those plans into a state of uncertainty, the Washington Post reported.

Two United Nations agencies have joined forces to create the Focus Group on Artificial Intelligence for Health (FG-AI4H)—a group of global representatives the UN hopes will help shape a streamlined, transparent process for vetting AI technologies in the healthcare space.

The Trump administration filed a notice March 25 supporting a federal judge’s ruling that the Affordable Care Act should be thrown out in its entirety—a sharp pivot from the administration’s previous position that only parts of the law should be eradicated.

CMS issued its final Health Insurance Exchanges 2019 Open Enrollment Report on March 25, touting stabilized premiums and extended “grandmother” policies amid sign-ups that numbered 300,000 fewer than last year.