The CMS data show six of the eight accountable care organizations that participated in the Pioneer program for the 2016 performance generated shared savings, while 11 of 18 Next Generation ACOs generated shared savings in 2016.
Acting HHS secretary Eric Hargan has declared the wildfires in California to be a public health emergency, while Gov. Jerry Brown (D) has declared a state of emergency in response to a hepatitis A outbreak, in today's bite-sized hospital and health industry news from California, New York, and Texas.
The proportion of nurses with bachelor's degrees in nursing increased to 57 percent by 2013—but the percentage is not rising fast enough to meet the National Academy of Medicine's goal of 80 percent by 2020, according to a study in the Journal of Nursing Scholarship, Carolyn Crist writes for Reuters.
CMS was "generally effective" in making sure that Medicare capitation payments were not made on behalf of deceased beneficiaries and recouped nearly $3 billion in payments that were made to such patients between 2012 and 2015, according to an audit from HHS' Office of the Inspector General.
Rep. Tom Marino, whom President Trump had nominated to head the Office of National Drug Control Policy, withdrew after an investigation by "60 Minutes" and the Washington Post, which found that legislation authored by Marino and signed into law by former President Obama has hindered DEA's ability to halt opioid shipments.
President Trump says his decision to cut off the Affordable Care Act's cost-sharing reduction payments to insurers has pushed Democrat and Republican lawmakers to work together on ways to bolster the law's exchange market.
The Department of Justice's (DOJ) decision comes after a federal judge earlier this month dismissed the lawsuit, ruling DOJ's allegations were too vague for the case to move forward, and DOJ opted to drop the lawsuit rather than amend the case.