Health Policy

The Latest: McConnell praises new effort to repeal Obamacare

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on the GOP effort to repeal former President Barack Obama's health care law (all times local):<p>10:40 a.m.<p>Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is praising a last-ditch Republican bill to repeal and replace "Obamacare" — the latest sign the GOP's repeal effort may be …

Business

To Foster Information Exchange, Revise HIPAA and HITECH

We know that when patients are provided with access to their medical records, they feel more in control of their care, understand their health …

Health Care

Global Health Progress Has Been Made, But U.S. Aid Cuts Could Be Lethal To Millions

Bill and Melinda Gates release a report card assessing global health, and warn only the United States is rich enough and generous enough to lead the …

Public Health

Ryan Says House Would Vote On Senate’s Bill: ‘I’ll Take Federalism Over Obamacare Any Day’

House leaders and key conservative members have signaled a willingness to take up the measure if it passes the Senate, but its path through the lower …

U.S. Congress

As Care Shifts From Hospital To Home, Guarding Against Infection Falls To Families

Angela Cooper arrived home from work to discover her daughter’s temperature had spiked to 102 degrees — a sign that the teenager, who has cancer, had …

Medicine

Under Pressure To Reduce Red Tape, FDA To Hold Hearing On Approval Process

The FDA implemented a more structured approach to how new drugs are approved based on their safety risks as part of the reauthorization of the …

Public Health

Lawmakers Sing a Bipartisan Tune as a Bitter Fall Looms

Trump’s recent deal-making elicits confusion and hope<p>Bipartisanship is the song of September.<p>But as President Donald Trump amps up his outreach to …

Politics

Caution Warranted As VA Incorporates ICER Value Assessments Into Formulary Management Process

The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Pharmacy Benefits Management Services and the Institute for Clinical and Economic Review (ICER) recently …

Health Care

Following Tragedy, Nursing Home Vows It Sought Urgent Help Which Contradicts State Officials’ Story

One of the executives of the facility where eight residents died in the wake of the hurricane said she repeatedly called a special number given out …

Hurricane Irma

Trump’s Deadline On ‘Dreamers’ Reverberates Through Health Industries

Karla Ornelas said she has “always had the idea of being a doctor, I’ve never seen myself doing anything else.” The third-year pre-medical student at …

Health Care

Without Price Breaks, Rural Hospitals Struggle To Stock Costly, Lifesaving Drugs

MOUNTAIN VIEW, Ark. — Hospital pharmacist Mandy Langston remembers when Lulabelle Berry arrived at Stone County Medical Center’s emergency department …

Health Care

Demonized Schumer and Pelosi now deal-makers with Trump

WASHINGTON (AP) — It's been a long eight months in the wilderness for Democrats, but if any two were going to find their way back to the action it was Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer and his House counterpart, Nancy Pelosi.<p>Or "Chuck and Nancy," as President Donald Trump now calls them.<p>When …

Politics

CBO Sees Slow Growth For Exchanges; Administration Promotes Agents And Brokers In Marketplaces

On September 14, 2017, the Congressional Budget Office issued its annual report on Federal Subsidies for Health Insurance Coverage for People Under …

Health Care

Three ways to do health-care reform

This week we got a good look at the three health-care options going forward. Two seem to be out of the question, which leaves the third — namely, tweaking Obamacare.<p>Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) did his usual smoke-and-mirrors routine, proposing universal health care — without explaining how we’d get …

Health Care

One state just got saved from Obamacare's nightmare scenario

Insurance giant Anthem said Friday that it will provide insurance on the Obamacare exchanges in 63 Virginia counties that were previously in danger of having no insurer for 2018.<p>"As a result of the ongoing discussions, today, Anthem filed to revise its Individual health plan offerings for 2018 to …

Business

A Physician’s Perspective On Vertical Integration

• Robert A. Berenson1,*<p>1Robert A. Berenson (RBerenso{at}urban.org) is a fellow at the Urban Institute, in Washington, D.C.<p>↵*Corresponding author<p>Abstract<p>…

Health Care

Patient Financial Support

Several issues are important in understanding the relationship of manufacturer-sponsored patient financial support to drug prices in the public and …

Pharma

The 340B Drug Discount Program

Facilities and programs known as 340B-eligible "covered entities" routinely provide prescription drugs regardless of a patient's ability to pay. …

Health Care

Prevention Experts Propose Easing Advice On Number Of Cervical Cancer Screenings

Don’t get two when one will do.Instead of getting both a Pap test and an HPV test to screen for cervical cancer, many women should get just one or …

Cancer

Private Employers Should Demand And Share Evidence From Payment Reforms

Employers want to know whether payment reforms are an effective strategy for containing costs and increasing the value of the health care they …

Health Care

Hearings Done, Senate Health Panel Now Seeks Common Ground On Stabilizing Marketplaces

The committee's chairman, Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.), says he hopes to have a bipartisan bill by early next week that would give insurers more …

Health Care

Medicaid Waivers Should Backstop The Exchanges

During the summer of 2017, there were 82 counties at risk of not being covered for the 2018 policy year. State regulators managed to attract at least …

Health Care

Premiums To Jump 15 Percent Next Year Due To Trump’s Threats To Subsidies, CBO Projects

This rise is also attributed to the projected increase to growing numbers of people living in regions where only one insurer sells policies.

Health Care

ACA Navigators Find Out Just How Deep Those Outreach Budget Cuts Go

Funding will be reduced by as much as 92 percent to the organizations designed to help people enroll in coverage through the Affordable Care Act. And …

Health Care

This Gift Voucher Might Just Get You A Kidney

Seven-year-old Quinn Gerlach got a gift certificate from his grandpa a few years back — not for a toy, a book or a game. It was for a kidney.<p>Gerlach …

Medicine

The Latest: Trump says he backs new GOP health care effort

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on Congress and health care legislation (all times local):<p>2 p.m.<p>President Donald Trump says he supports a new effort by two Republican senators to repeal and replace former President Barack Obama's signature health care law.<p>Trump says in a statement Wednesday that …

Politics

Unpacking The Sanders Medicare-For-All Bill

On September 13, Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT)—with 16 Democratic cosponsors—released the Medicare-For-All Act of 2017, intended to transition the …

Health Care

House votes to block D.C. reproductive health law

The House voted on Thursday to prevent the District of Columbia from implementing a local law that makes it illegal for employers to discriminate …

Rights & Freedoms

GOP Sees Offensive Opening on Health Care for 2018

Republicans plan to tie all Democrats to “Medicare for all” proposals<p>As more and more Democrats come out in favor of some form of “Medicare for all” …

Politics

Trump hosts Pelosi and Schumer again, dinner talk includes DACA, health care

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) and House Minority Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) are heading to the White House for the second time in two weeks as a follow up to a recent conversation they had with President Donald Trump about protecting immigrants who are part of the Deferred Action for …

Business