Regulations & Policy

CMS Administrator Seema Verma is once again putting pressure on Medicare accrediting organizations that certify healthcare providers for reimbursement under the federal healthcare program.

Members of the nation’s largest association for accountable care organizations have asked CMS to make some suggested changes to the new direct contracting payment models and release additional details. Not doing so could “derail” the new payment reform, according to NAACOS.

The Comprehensive Care for Joint Replacement Model, which covers hip and knee joint replacement bundled payments, could see a three-year extension, CMS announced in a proposed rule.

HHS is extending its existing partnership with pharmaceutical company Janssen Research & Development, which is part of Johnson & Johnson, to develop treatments for the 2019 novel coronavirus, the agency announced.


A Medicare for all healthcare system has the potential to improve the availability of services and efficiency of care in the United States, according to a recent study published in The Lancet.

Where to set the minimum wage, or whether to set one at all, is one of the most contentious political questions in these divided times. A new study focused on health outcomes may give argumentation ammunition to all sides.

An HHS rule that would enable patients to have free access to their medical records through third-party digital apps is facing a tough battle, with one of the biggest EMR vendor companies, Epic Systems, leading the opposition.

New rules about e-cigarettes went into effect Feb. 6, with a partial ban on some flavored products in the U.S. market.

CMS has issued a proposed rule and Advance Notice affecting Medicare Advantages and Medicare Part D prescription drug plans.

President Donald Trump gave his annual State of the Union address on Feb. 4, calling on Congress to take on sky-high prescription drug prices.

Healthcare was top of mind among Iowa caucus-goers as the start of the 2020 election kicked off in the state on Feb. 3. About 60% of Democrats at the Iowa caucuses said they support eliminating private health insurance and moving to a single-payer healthcare system.

Medicaid block grants, which have been framed as an “opportunity” for states to better control their Medicaid spending and gain flexibility, have been harshly criticized by healthcare groups.