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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.

CMS vetoes Oklahoma's request for funds to recruit docs


December 15, 2017

Facing a doctor shortage, Oklahoma asked the CMS for federal Medicaid funds to pay state universities to recruit, train and retain medical professionals to bring more docs to the state. The CMS has denied the proposal.

CMS extends Medicare experiment to curb ambulance use


December 12, 2017

The CMS will continue its multi-state initiative to reduce ambulance use in the Medicare program after seeing claims drop. Transport providers have praised the effort even though it could hit their bottom lines.

Tired of talking, labs sue CMS over planned cut


December 11, 2017

Clinical labs are suing the CMS over a looming cut to their reimbursement, which they say may curb providers' ability to order tests for their patients to detect illnesses.

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