As expected, the CMS' sweeping rule to modernize the regulation of Medicaid managed-care plans is drawing flak from state Medicaid directors and insurers who say it would impose heavy-handed federal control and could hurt patient care.
ONC awards $38 million to states, universities and communities to improve health information exchange, health IT workforce training and population health best practices.
The historically low growth rates of national health spending over the last several years may be history. CMS officials say the Affordable Care Act's insurance expansion, an improving economy, an aging population and expensive new drugs are pushing up health costs once again.
The CMS has taken steps to ensure transparency and timely renewal of Medicaid demonstration waivers via new guidance. This comes weeks after facing congressional criticism and scrutiny over its oversight of the program. The agency also announced it's creating new ways for states to use 1115 waivers...
The United States finances healthcare through a confusing hodgepodge of payment programs that send distorted signals to employers, insurers, providers and the general public.
One large health system in North Carolina is ready to launch a Medicare Advantage plan, and two others are mulling the pros and cons of entering the insurance business.
The pharmaceutical industry is facing growing pushback on high prescription drug costs.
A key Senate leader said his committee will push to delay implementation of the Obama administration's Stage 3 rules for meaningful use of electronic health records.
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.
Healthcare fraud is a seemingly overwhelming problem. Large healthcare companies perpetrate systematic schemes, while corrupt practitioners and common criminals steal funds through hoaxes involving phony clinics, phantom patients and billing for services and medical equipment never provided.
Ohio will seek a waiver from the CMS allowing the state to drop adult Medicaid beneficiaries who don't pay into a health savings account, regardless of their income.
The Obama administration took two major steps last week to improve the quality of long-term care.