Alex Azar's job hop from drugmaker Eli Lilly to the Trump administration reflects ever-deepening ties between the pharmaceutical industry and the federal government.
Groups representing Kentucky Medicaid beneficiaries sued the federal government Wednesday to block the state from implementing its Medicaid waiver program that includes a work requirement.
Concerned about soaring healthcare costs, Idaho revealed a plan that will allow insurance companies to sell cheaper policies that ditch key provisions of the Affordable Care Act. It's believed to be the first state to take formal steps without prior federal approval.
Dr. Simon Bramhall, who burned his initials into patients' livers during transplant operations, was fined 10,000 pounds ($13,600) this month and ordered to perform community service, according to the Associated Press.
A day after setting up its religious freedom office, HHS issued a sweeping new rule that details when Medicare and Medicaid providers can refuse care because it conflicts with their religious or moral beliefs.
HHS has launched a new a conscience and religious freedom division in its Office for Civil Rights. Agency officials said it was in response to increased complaints that providers' religious beliefs were not being respected in healthcare settings.
The interoperability rule would deal with some provisions of the 21st Century Cures Act, including health information networks' use of a framework for data transfer.
CMS Administrator Seema Verma revealed the agency will convene a group to review the Stark law and how it's impeding providers' move to value-based care.
The CMS will propose limiting Medicare enrollees' ability to go to multiple providers or pharmacies to obtain pain medication, a tool that the agency believes will be crucial in combating the ongoing opioid epidemic.
The CMS plans to finalize an Obama-era rulemaking that updates the standards that critical-access hospitals have to meet for Medicare reimbursement. The agency estimates that implementing the rule could cost the industry $773 million to $1.1 billion.
At long last, the Health Information Technology Advisory Committee will hold its first meeting, setting in motion a key requirement of the 21st Century Cures Act.
Short-term health plans could saddle ACA plans with a sicker group of customers and drive up costs.