Policy

As the Trump administration pushes forth plans to make electronic health records accessible through apps, medical organizations are pushing back, citing privacy concerns, according to The New York Times.

With nearly 200 vaping-related lung disease injuries and one death across the U.S., the CDC’s investigation into e-cigarette harms is highlighting just how unregulated the market is for these relatively new tobacco and marijuana products, Politico reported.

HHS will provide $23 million to drug manufacturer Merck to produce Ebola vaccine doses over the next year, the agency announced Aug. 21. 

With the Trump administration increasing efforts to force healthcare stakeholders to publish drug and care services prices online and in TV ads, will the initiatives actually do anything to lower costs?

Amid a standoff between 85,000 California-based workers at Kaiser Permanente and the health system over contract negotiations, the California legislature has ramped up the pressure against the nonprofit healthcare services organization.

HHS is fighting back after a legal decision blocked the agency’s rule to require drugmakers to publish the list prices of prescription medications in television ads.

A recent proposal from the Trump administration to force hospitals to publish their negotiated rates with insurers is facing a new legal challenge, according to Bloomberg Law.

CMS is planning to add a star ratings system to insurance plans offered through the individual exchange created from the Affordable Care Act, the agency announced August 15. The new ratings will be displayed for the 2020 open enrollment period on Healthcare.gov.

Illinois became the first state to require insurance companies to pay the costs of EpiPen injection medicines for children 18 and younger.

Drugmakers, wanting to develop new products informed by disease insights, are snapping up genetic profiles of hospital patients and spending hundreds of millions of dollars to get the data. But the practice is throwing into question who should control this “valuable genetic data."

Out-of-network billing in emergency departments has risen over the last few years, often leaving patients with surprise expenses even when they have insurance coverage and receive care from an in-network hospital.

HHS has awarded $400 million through the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) to fund community health centers, rural organizations and academic institutions to develop and expand services to combat the opioid abuse crisis.