Healthcare providers are expressing support for legislation overwhelmingly approved by Congress requiring hospitals to notify Medicare patients when they are receiving observation care but have not been admitted.
The Massachusetts Nurses Association is pushing a state bill that would require healthcare employers to implement plans to protect employees from workplace violence.
Policymakers in Medicaid expansion states likely will try to wring some cash from hospitals starting in 2017 when the federal government no longer pays the full tab for the coverage expansion, experts say.
There are new talks between Utah's Republican governor, Gary Herbert, and GOP lawmakers about expanding Medicaid, but political observers are skeptical about the prospects for legislative approval.
News of Republican Gov. Gary Herbert expanding Medicaid in Utah is being met with a heavy amount of skepticism from policy and patient advocacy insiders. The plan would cover about 126,000 people and proposes Utah and local providers chip in to cover costs not met by the federal government.
Christopher Dawes, president and CEO of Lucile Packard Children's Hospital at Stanford, a 300-bed hospital in Palo Alto, Calif., discusses the issues raised by Medicaid expansion, narrow-network health plans and high prescription drug costs. He spoke with Modern Healthcare reporter Bob Herman.
The "right to try” campaign that would allow terminally ill patients access to experimental, unapproved drugs is going national. Three House Republicans have introduced a bill that would ban federal regulators from taking action against those seeking access to such therapies.
In a rare act of bipartisanship, House members voted 344-77 on Friday in favor of the 21st Century Cures Act, which supporters say will speed the development and regulatory approval of medical breakthroughs. Critics say that speed would come at the expense of patients' safety.
Legislation proposed in the House would permit providers to code in either ICD-9 or ICD-10 for half a year after the ICD-10 implementation deadline, now set for Oct. 1.
Expectations that the 21st Century Cures Act would sail through the House this week hit a snag Wednesday night when the Rules Committee voted to include an amendment to switch the bill's funding from mandatory to discretionary.
Democratic lawmakers are questioning whether they should heed constituent concerns or remain loyal to their party as they decide the fate of the medical device tax outlined in the Affordable Care Act.
Medicaid expansion in Montana took another step forward Tuesday with the start of a public comment period on the plan, which is required before it goes to the federal government for review.