States which had legalized marijuana use for medicinal purposes saw a combined drop of $165.2 million in Medicare Part D spending in 2013, according to a new study published in Health Affairs.
hysicians will be able to prescribe a medication to combat opioid addiction to more patients as part of several new policies HHS has announced in an effort to fight the rise in misuse and deaths tied to both prescription and illegal opioids.
Delaying the schedule start for reporting under new payment models set up after passage of the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act (MACRA) was one of several common suggestions included in comments on CMS’s proposed rule.
Several academic hospitals have been awarded $26 million from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to research new ways to prevent hospital-acquired infections (HAIs), particularly those resistant to antibiotics
Repealing the Affordable Care Act (ACA), a cap on Medicaid funding, medical liability reform and loosening restrictions on insurers denying coverage based on pre-existing conditions are among the features of the new House Republican health care plan.
A unanimous U.S. Supreme Court decision seemed to open the door to more False Claims Act lawsuits against healthcare organizations while simultaneously applying some limitations which would favor providers.
A new proposed rule from CMS would make antibiotic stewardship programs mandatory for Medicare and Medicaid hospitals, along with changes in anti-discrimination policies, nursing requirements, readmissions information and patient nutrition standards.
With large insurers like UnitedHealthcare and Humana announcing their departure from the health insurance marketplaces and some remaining insurers proposing bigger-than-expected increases in premiums, some health experts are predicting the Affordable Care Act is sending the industry into a so-called death spiral. UCLA Center for Health Policy Research Director Gerald Kominski, PhD, would argue otherwise.