Roughly 100 national and state medical societies are backing a bill that would exempt drug and device makers from have to report payments made to doctors for participating in continuing medical education or receiving textbooks, journals and educational materials related to CME.
Just as the U.S. Justice Department formally moved to block the merger between Humana and Aetna, Humana said it is significantly reducing its individual health plans sold on and off the Affordable Care Act's exchanges.
The Obama administration cannot force a Missouri lawmaker and his family to carry health insurance that includes contraception coverage despite the Affordable Care Act's requirement that insurers cover birth control, a federal judge ruled Thursday.
The government argues both transactions would “substantially lessen competition in numerous markets around the country.” The result, antitrust regulators said, would lead to “higher prices and reduced benefits” for consumers. Both companies plan to challenge the DOJ in court.
Nearly one out of three Medicare beneficiaries discharged from rehabilitation hospitals in March 2012 were medically harmed during stays at the facilities, according to a report from HHS' Office of Inspector General.
The CMS has selected 516 physician practices to participate in a payment initiative intended to change the way providers manage heart disease.
Royal Philips has signed an agreement to acquire Wellcentive, a population health management company based in Atlanta. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.
An arbitrator will divide up an $8 million settlement sum from three hospitals and an oncology clinic later this year for the 43 patients-turned-victims suing Michigan oncologist Farid Fata. Fata is serving 45 years in prison on fraud and money laundering charges.
After the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants proposed changes to the recertification process, the American Academy of PAs said it was laying the groundwork to create a new certifying organization altogether.
The agency released the data ahead of publishing actual ratings for individual hospitals. The data show that hospitals of all kinds—teaching or safety net, for instance—vary in quality as judged by the ratings, which are based on 62 quality measures.
A panel that advises the CMS on Medicare coverage decisions says it has little to no confidence there is adequate data that current treatments for patients with diseased leg veins improve health outcomes.
A joint venture between the Sanders Trust of Birmingham, Ala., and private equity firm Harrison Street Real Estate Capital paid $111.5 million this week to buy three inpatient rehabilitation hospitals in Texas operated by HealthSouth Corp.