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Hospitals train staff to spot victims of human trafficking

Hospitals train staff to spot victims of human trafficking

By Maureen McKinney  |  June 20, 2015

Experts who have studied human trafficking say a victim's most promising lifeline could be a healthcare provider. That's why a number of hospitals and health systems around the country have launched training programs for their staff on how to identify and treat trafficking victims.

Feds signal sharper scrutiny of doc pay deals

By Lisa Schencker  |  June 13, 2015

HHS has signaled its intent to more rigorously enforce the anti-kickback statute against individual physicians who enter into improper payment deals, following a dozen recent civil settlements involving doctors.

Arguments in House lawsuit may pose next threat to ACA

Arguments in House lawsuit may pose next threat to ACA

By Lisa Schencker  |  June 13, 2015

If House Republicans win legal standing in their lawsuit challenging the Affordable Care Act's cost-sharing subsidies, their case could pose another serious threat to the law's coverage expansion.

Pharma's spring offensive

Pharma's spring offensive

By Merrill Goozner  |  June 13, 2015

During an off-year legislative season when most of the public's attention is already focused on who will succeed Obama in the White House, the pharmaceutical industry is closing in on a set of legislative triumphs that threaten to undermine healthcare affordability for years to come.

No calm before the storm

No calm before the storm

By Merrill Goozner  |  June 13, 2015

The skirmishing ahead of the U.S. Supreme Court's King v. Burwell decision suggests we are in for a period of prolonged political turbulence should the high court strike down premium subsidies in the 34 states using the federally run exchanges.

AMA tables telemedicine guidelines amid pressure

By Steven Ross Johnson  |  June 09, 2015

Ethical guidelines proposed by the AMA were tabled Monday, a day after a delegate urged the committee to consider rules established by the Texas Medical Board that require patients to have an initial face-to-face consultation.

Obama: Court shouldn't have considered health law challenge

By Associated Press  |  June 08, 2015

With a crucial legal decision looming, President Barack Obama said Monday the Supreme Court should not even have considered the latest challenge to his signature health care law but he voiced confidence the justices "will play it straight"—and leave the law intact.

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