The White House urged HHS to hold off on finalizing a rule outlining when providers can refuse care because of conflicts with their religious or moral beliefs, saying the agency has not done enough to estimate the industry impact.
"Rethinking rural healthcare" explores how to improve healthcare in rural areas, with varied accounts of hospitals at risk of closing, including providers that have successfully reinvented themselves, and others that have shuttered under financial pressure.
Thousands of physicians have descended on Chicago for the American Medical Association's annual meeting. Medicaid and drug prices are also hot topics for this week.
HUD Secretary Dr. Ben Carson called addressing affordable housing issues the "perfect nexus" where his agency could work with HHS and others to avoid program redundancy and maximize their resources' impact.
The Republican-led Michigan Legislature gave final approval to a bill requiring able-bodied adults in the state's Medicaid expansion program to meet work or job-related requirements, sending it to Gov. Rick Snyder for his expected signature.
HHS Secretary Alex Azar said he wants to team up with Congress to overhaul the Medicare wage index, which lawmakers increasingly say is a threat to rural healthcare.
The House Ways and Means Committee's look at potentially expanding health savings accounts failed to resolve the question of whether that would help lower costs.
The Senate is clearing the way this week for a bipartisan bill supported by insurers and provider groups aimed at easing generic drugs' entry into the market, although the legislation's future in the House and Senate is unclear.
AMGA board members asked lawmakers to overturn or scale back a CMS policy that allows thousands of physician practices to opt out of MACRA.
Democrats vowed they would force votes on a national reinsurance program, early Medicare buy-in and drug price negotiation in August now that the Senate is required to remain in session.
The federal government's payments for brand-name drugs in Medicare Part D soared by more than $40 billion despite declining use of the medications.
Maine has until June 11 to submit a state plan amendment to the CMS to implement Medicaid expansion. Republican Gov. Paul LePage had tried to block the voter-passed initiative.