The CMS has submitted a series of legislative ideas to Congress they say would better coordinate care for people eligible for both Medicare and Medicaid. These beneficiaries tend to be sicker and more expensive to manage.
A bill introduced by Rep. Doris Matsui (D-Calif.) could give hospitals in the 340B program new price protections, according to providers. The proposal could also reverse a more than $1 billion cut to the federal drug discount program.
A panel that advises Congress and HHS on Medicaid policy recommended tweaking the Medicaid drug rebate program to reduce spending on drugs by hundreds of millions of dollars.
A key Senate panel is eyeing a change to 340B law to let HHS' Health Resources and Services Administration add new reporting requirements for covered hospitals and clinics.
The high-profile deaths this month of celebrity designer Kate Spade and TV personality Anthony Bourdain pushed suicide into the national spotlight. Suicide is the 10th leading cause of death in the nation.
The U.S. House of Representatives on Wednesday passed a compromise VA Choice reform bill. Congress aims to send it to the president before funding runs out in May.
The CMS has issued a request for information to review how it can reduce the burden around the controversial Stark law. Providers claim the law has slowed the move to value-based care.
Regulators and insurance experts worry the Trump administration's new rule expanding association health plans will spark a surge of insurance fraud and insolvencies that plagued consumers and healthcare providers in the past.
Veterans often had to wait between 51 and 64 days for appointments with private doctors under the VA Choice program. Government investigators blamed the waits in part on bureaucratic inefficiency and understaffing at the department.