Likely Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush wants to require everyone to fill out an advance directive governing their end-of-life care before they can receive Medicare benefits. His proposal is both ironic and politically audacious.
Providers are raising alarms about potential cuts to Medicare that would bankroll benefits for workers hurt by future free-trade agreements.
Physician assistants and nurse practitioners cheered passage of the bill that killed Medicare's sustainable-growth rate formula. But a failed attempt by Yale University to expand its PA program with an online option reflects the difficulty of trying to rapidly grow the healthcare workforce.
The healthcare industry is celebrating the demise of Medicare's sustainable growth-rate formula for paying physicians. At least a few skeptics are already questioning the new framework, which is intended to push doctors to embrace value-based pay.
Transparency advocates are hailing a little-noticed provision in the pending Medicare physician-payment bill that would widen the availability of Medicare claims data to insurers and providers for purposes such as designing provider networks and improving quality of care.
Nearly everyone in healthcare is toasting what looks like the imminent repeal and replacement of the hated SGR formula for Medicare payment. But as Sarah Kliff points out this week in Vox, major questions loom about how exactly the new system will work, and whether it will accurately peg higher...
No serious threats to the deal have emerged since the Senate left town without taking action on legislation to permanently repeal Medicare's sustainable growth-rate formula for paying doctors.
Florida is headed for a legislative showdown over Medicaid expansion. Republicans in the Florida House on Thursday passed a budget that does not include expanded coverage a day after the GOP-led Senate unanimously passed a budget calling for expansion.
A little-noted provision of the legislative package repealing Medicare's sustainable growth-rate formula for paying doctors extends a grant program to pay for in-home visitations for at-risk families with newborns.
Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey signed a bill Monday that requires abortion providers in Arizona to tell women they can reverse the effects of a drug-induced abortion and also bars women from buying any healthcare plan through the federal marketplace that includes abortion coverage.
The long-awaited sustainable growth-rate fix that passed the House last Thursday and will go to the Senate in mid-April will likely, in addition to instituting a permanent fix for the SGR, simplify quality reporting requirements for providers.
Outgoing Food and Drug Administration Commissioner Dr. Margaret Hamburg, in what was likely her final public address as commissioner last Friday, raised serious concerns about possible patient harm that could occur as the result of the 21st Century Cures Act now circulating on Capitol Hill.