The state of California has launched an investigation into Aetna after one of the insurer's former medical directors said he did not personally review patients' medical records when deciding to approve or deny claims, opting instead to rely on the recommendations of nurses.
When Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center realized that its list of expectations for nurse managers had grown so extensive that success was impossible, the organization revamped the role—and rejuvenated interest in the position, Jennifer Thew reports for HealthLeaders Media.
CMS last week published a notice that ends a 2008 policy requiring teaching physicians to redo any patient medical record notes written by medical school students, Virgil Dickson writes for Modern Healthcare.
Some health insurers and pharmacy benefit managers are no longer counting the value of "copay coupons" issued by drugmakers toward patients' deductibles or out-of-pocket caps—which could lead to lower sales for some costly drugs, Bob Herman reports for Axios.
The White House says President Trump will nominate Jim Carroll, who currently serves as the White House's deputy chief of staff, to lead the Office of National Drug Control Policy as the agency's deputy and acting director.
President Trump's fiscal year 2019 budget proposal requests $95.4 billion in discretionary HHS funding for fiscal year (FY) 2019—with some federal health care agencies seeing budget increases and others seeing budget cuts when compared with FY 2017.
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