The death of U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia leaves a number of healthcare-related cases in limbo. The news also quickly sparked a debate over who would replace him amid the presidential campaign.
The CMS on Friday will unveil preliminary payment rates and policies for 2017 Medicare Advantage and Part D plans. And judging from the barrage of ads that have already come out, it's likely to be contentious.
Providers are pushing hard to have Kentucky throw out a long-standing policy that limits reimbursement for desperately needed chronic-care visits for Medicaid beneficiaries.
The presidential campaigns are rolling on to South Carolina, where about 20% of adults are in fair or poor health and where the number of the uninsured is higher than the national rate. The state, notably, has not expanded Medicaid.
Data Points for the week of Feb. 15, 2016, covered the following topics: Mental illness and substance abuse in the U.S., and their social costs.
The Navy said Tuesday an initial inspection at Naval Medical Center San Diego found no sign of a gunman or a shooting.
The Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee's leadership is working with the White House to develop bipartisan legislation that would address mental-health reform and treatment for substance-abuse disorders.
The board voted 5-2 to delay a discussion over an e-mail from Wayne Black, a corporate private investigator hired by Broward Health, alleging the system's lawyers were hindering an FBI investigation into the system.
The White House's fiscal 2017 budget proposal would allow the HHS secretary to negotiate prices for biologics and other exceptionally expensive drugs for Medicare patients, and would more quickly close the "doughnut hole" coverage gap.