Under the bill, CMS would maintain the 340B drug discount program's current hospital reimbursements instead of implementing $1.6 billion in cuts called for under a final rule the Trump administration released earlier this month.
Some observers have noted that federal exchange sign-ups over the first two weeks of open enrollment this year have outpaced last year's by about 500,000, but others caution that sign-ups may still come in below expectations due to this year's shortened open enrollment period.
Report finds that the majority of states are investing in value-based care, Advisory Board lines up everything you need to know about CMS' changes to hospital outpatient and ambulatory surgical center payments for 2018, and more.
Health care industry observers are questioning how President Trump's pick for HHS secretary, Alex Azar, will tackle rising prescription drug prices—a key focus of Trump's administration—given Azar's background as a pharmaceutical executive.
Geisinger has launched a National Precision Health Initiative to expand the health system's use of genomics and data science into precision health care, in today's bite-sized hospital and health industry news from Washington, D.C., Texas, and West Virginia.
FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb warns against the use of unapproved products containing kratom—a plant-based substance that some say could be used as an alternative to opioid painkillers—saying the agency is aware of 36 deaths associated with using kratom and "has evidence to show that there are significant safety issues associated with its use," including liver damage, seizures, and withdrawal symptoms.
Doug Bergeson, a Wisconsin farmer and construction worker, is back to business as usual after coming perilously close—about 1/16th of an inch, to be exact—to dying from a nail gun injury to his heart this summer.
Nemours Children's Health System CEO David Bailey writes in Harvard Business Review that implementing a value-based care model won't on its own be sufficient to reduce health spending and improve outcomes—it must be accompanied by efforts to eliminate waste and improve population health.
Amid new data on the states with the most and least practicing doctors by population, Advisory Board's Michele Molden and Hamza Hasan weigh in on whether there's a physician shortage and what top providers are doing to ensure patients have sufficient access to care.
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