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January 16, 2018

Weekly review: HHS Sec nominee signals potential shift on mandatory payment models

Daily Briefing

    The best diets, as ranked by US News (Monday, Jan. 8)
    For the first time, the Mediterranean diet ranks No. 1 for U.S. News & World Report's Best Overall Diet, tied with the Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension (DASH) diet, which has topped the rankings for eight straight years.

    HHS Sec nominee signals potential shift on mandatory payment models (Tuesday, Jan. 9)
    During his confirmation hearing on Tuesday, HHS secretary nominee Alex Azar signaled his openness to mandatory payment models—representing what could be a major shift in the Trump administration's policy should Azar be confirmed.

    Is the flu widespread in your state? Find out on our map. (Wednesday, Jan. 10)
    Forty-six states in the country reported widespread flu activity for the final week of 2017, according to CDC data—and the remaining four states have reported regional activity.

    Medicaid work requirements are coming. What will it mean for hospitals? (Thursday, Jan. 11)
    The Trump administration on Thursday sent a memo to governors that for the first time outlines how states could incorporate work requirements into their Medicaid programs for non-elderly, non-pregnant adults without disabilities.

    'Raw water' is the latest fad. It's a terrible idea, experts say. (Friday, Jan. 12)
    Unfiltered water, known as "raw water," is a growing trend in the United States—but many experts warn that drinking water that has not been treated or filtered could be harmful and potentially lead to an outbreak of disease. 

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