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Virgil Dickson

Bureau Chief / Washington

Virgil Dickson reports from Washington on the federal regulatory agencies. His experience before joining Modern Healthcare in 2013 includes serving as the Washington-based correspondent for PRWeek and as an editor/reporter for FDA News. Dickson earned a bachelor's degree from DePaul University in 2007.

State Medicaid agencies limiting opioid prescriptions


May 26, 2016

State Medicaid agencies around the country are limiting how many opioids providers can prescribe in an effort to curb the disproportionate number of beneficiaries who are at risk of overdose and death.

Hospital engagement networks end; new initiative takes over


May 25, 2016

The CMS is replacing and expanding the efforts of a program meant to curb adverse events in hospitals and readmissions. The agency announced Wednesday that it is looking for providers interested in joining hospital improvement and innovation networks that are tasked with dropping overall patient harm by 20% through 2019.

VA will expand scope of nurse practice


May 24, 2016

The Veterans Affairs Department wants to allow advanced practice registered nurses to practice to their full authority at VA facilities. The change has long been debated at the VA and in Congress but is opposed by the American Medical Association and the American Society of Anesthesiologists.

Georgia lawmakers consider Medicaid expansion plans


May 21, 2016

To better provide healthcare to Georgia's surging population and as a way to balance the state's budget, conservative lawmakers are renewing temporary Medicaid payment increases and looking at expanding the program, a Republican state Senate leader said.

Georgia eyes Medicaid expansion


May 18, 2016

In an effort to better provide healthcare to Georgia's exploding population and as a way to balance the state's budget, conservative lawmakers are renewing temporary Medicaid payment increases and looking at expanding the program, according to a Republican state Senate leader.

Docs say states are making calculated cuts to Medicaid rates


May 18, 2016

In a letter to the CMS, the American Medical Association and other physician associations say they believe states may be dropping their rates now in anticipation of new rules that require the states to assess how payments affect access to care.

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