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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 approves Obama-rejected Kansas waiver


October 16, 2017

The CMS has approved Kansas' waiver request to put most of its Medicaid population on managed-care plans, but the state will have to address issues that prevented the Obama administration from signing off on the plan.

CMS agrees with complaints about MACRA


October 13, 2017

A top CMS official agrees with an influential congressional advisory group that suggests a new Medicare pay model meant to encourage doctors to improve the quality of patient care needs work and plans to turn to industry stakeholders to help modify the initiative.

House investigates HHS' hurricane preparedness and response


October 12, 2017

The House oversight committee is looking into how HHS prepared for and responded to hurricanes Irma and Maria. Some lawmakers have been concerned that Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands were treated differently than U.S. states in the wake of the storms.

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