Americans not sold on cost and coverage claims in GOP's health bill

By Jordan Rau, Kaiser Health News  |  March 15, 2017

A majority of the public is skeptical the Republican health plan would be an improvement over the Affordable Care Act, with widespread concerns that insurance costs would increase while people lost coverage, according to a poll released Wednesday.

Hospital stock prices rise despite Fed rate hike

By Dave Barkholz  |  March 15, 2017

Investors in hospital stocks brushed aside a Federal Reserve interest-rate hike of one-quarter point Wednesday, pushing the stock prices higher almost across the board.

Plans readied for boosting IT's role in public health reporting

By Joseph Conn  |  March 15, 2017

The Zika virus' spread to the United States motivated a federal initiative to better use health information technology in public health reporting. But an HHS task force is developing recommendations of health IT best practices for public health that will also address other disease outbreaks.

Ryan bets on second bill to woo the reluctant

By Associated Press  |  March 15, 2017

House Republicans are working on a companion to their bill replacing "Obamacare," a legislative second act that would ease cross-state sale of health insurance and limit jury awards for pain and suffering in malpractice lawsuits.

GOP health overhaul puts pressure on state governments

By Associated Press  |  March 15, 2017

The Republican healthcare plan means less money for states and gives them a tough choice: Find a pot of cash to make up the difference or let coverage lapse for millions of lower-income Americans.

CMS to launch national campaign to promote coordinated-care program

By Virgil Dickson  |  March 14, 2017

Doctors may be unknowingly forgoing hundreds of millions in federal funding that would compensate them to better care for the sickest Medicare beneficiaries, and the CMS is launching a national campaign Wednesday to encourage physicians to take advantage of the funds.


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