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Senate sends VA Choice reforms to Trump

Senate sends VA Choice reforms to Trump

May 23, 2018

The bill, which consolidates VA's community care programs into Choice, will spark a change in how the private sector interacts with the VA health system.

IHI forms nationwide patient safety committee

IHI forms nationwide patient safety committee

May 22, 2018

The Institute for Healthcare Improvement, CMS, FDA, Joint Commission and others joined forces to create an action plan that relies on a "total systems approach" to uniformly apply safety principles across the industry.

USC sued over clinic gynecologist accused of misconduct

By Associated Press  |  May 22, 2018

Four former University of Southern California students sued the school and a former campus gynecologist who they accuse of molesting patients over decades as a "serial sexual predator," according to a court filing Monday.

U.S. clings to health coverage gains despite political drama

U.S. clings to health coverage gains despite political drama

By Associated Press  |  May 22, 2018

The U.S. clung to its health insurance gains last year, an unexpected outcome after President Donald Trump's repeated attempts to dismantle the Obama-era coverage expansion, according to a major government survey released Tuesday.

News from other sources

By Modern Healthcare  |  May 21, 2018

Morris & Dickson can start distributing opioids again, privacy advocates worry about AI transcription services, and investigators turn to public geneaology to identify a murder suspect.

GAO calls on CMS to continue prior authorization experiments

GAO calls on CMS to continue prior authorization experiments

May 21, 2018

The Government Accountability Office urged the CMS to continue several experiments that require providers and medical equipment suppliers to prove they are meeting certain standards before being paid, as that could save the agency billions.


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