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Talking points: Daschle, Leavitt on reshaping healthcare

By Matthew Weinstock and Paul Barr  |  November 25, 2017

Mike Leavitt and Tom Daschle sit on different ends of the political spectrum, but they share a common goal of seeing a public-private partnership drive innovation in healthcare.

USDA loaning $2.2M to expand Maine healthcare

USDA loaning $2.2M to expand Maine healthcare

By Modern Healthcare  |  November 24, 2017

U.S. Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue earlier in the week announced the agency would give more than $1 billion to healthcare organizations in rural areas of 41 states.

Congress far from Medicare extender deal

Congress far from Medicare extender deal

By Susannah Luthi  |  November 22, 2017

Rural hospitals are worried Congress' delay in funding now-expired Medicare extenders will throw them into more financial instability as the providers face a continuing crisis of closures.

CMS expands value-based Medicare Advantage project to 25 states

CMS expands value-based Medicare Advantage project to 25 states

By Shelby Livingston  |  November 22, 2017

Starting in 2019, insurers in 15 more states will be able to participate in Medicare Advantage's value-based insurance design program. Plans encourage the use of high-value clinical services among chronically ill patients by lowering or eliminating cost-sharing.

Nevada asking feds for $11.3 million for CHIP

By Associated Press  |  November 21, 2017

Nevada is asking the federal government for $11.3 million to continue the state's Children's Health Insurance Program while Congress decides if it will renew funding for the decades-old program.

White House: True cost of opioid epidemic tops $500 billion

White House: True cost of opioid epidemic tops $500 billion

By Associated Press  |  November 20, 2017

The White House says the true cost of the opioid drug epidemic in 2015 was $504 billion, or more than six times larger than the most recent estimate. The Council of Economic Advisers said some previous studies didn't reflect the number of fatalities blamed on opioids.

VA exploring idea of merging health system with Pentagon

By Associated Press  |  November 17, 2017

As part of its effort to expand private healthcare, the VA is exploring merging its health system with the Pentagon's, a cost-saving measure that veterans groups say could threaten the viability of VA hospitals and clinics.

1st GOP senator opposes tax bill in early sign of problems

1st GOP senator opposes tax bill in early sign of problems

By Associated Press  |  November 16, 2017

Wisconsin's Ron Johnson became the first Republican senator to say he opposes his party's tax bill, signaling potential problems for GOP leaders as the House passed its similar tax package.

Two House lawmakers seek to block CMS' $1.6 billion 340B cut

Two House lawmakers seek to block CMS' $1.6 billion 340B cut

By Virgil Dickson  |  November 15, 2017

Two House lawmakers introduced bipartisan legislation to prevent the CMS from imposing its slated $1.6 billion cut to the 340B program. The move comes just days after hospitals sued to stop the reductions from taking place.

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