HealthCare.gov sign-ups lag by more than a half-million with less than a week left in open enrollment. Last-minute shoppers and a surge of auto-enrollments should boost the finally tally, but enrollment is likely to fall short last year.
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Healthcare news this week …
Blue Shield of California has quietly scaled back the national Blue Card program that has allowed its members to receive a range of services out of state in an effort to reduce costs.
Facing mounting criticism over its Medicaid work requirement, Arkansas will allow enrollees to report their compliance with the mandate over the phone rather than solely through an internet portal.
The FDA clears a digital treatment for opioid use disorder, Chinese hackers targeted not only the Marriott but also health insurers, and Michael Cohen faces sentencing.
Lurie Children's Hospital, NorthShore University HealthSystem, Rush University Medical Center and UChicago Medicine are looking to promote employees in non-clinical positions.
The U.S. Department of Justice has intervened in a whistle-blower lawsuit against Sutter Health that accuses the health system of submitting unsupported diagnosis codes to inflate its Medicare Advantage payments.
A federal appeals court on Wednesday ruled that Blue Cross and Blue Shield insurers must defend themselves on much less favorable legal grounds against a major class-action case accusing them of anticompetitive practices.
Cleveland Clinic plans to increase its minimum wage for the "overwhelming majority" of its workforce to $15 per hour by 2020, CEO Dr. Tom Mihaljevic announced on Wednesday.
ONC head Dr. Don Rucker did not tell lawmakers when the information-blocking rule will be released, but he suggested that it would expand interoperability.
Trinity Health CEO Dr. Richard Gilfillan plans to step down from the helm of the Livonia, Mich.-based system in June 2019. He will be succeeded by Michael Slubowski, who currently serves as Trinity's president and chief operating officer.
Congress is likely to open a potentially major funding stream by reviving earmarks next year, which could spark a windfall for individual not-for-profit hospitals and university medical centers.
Federal and Massachusetts authorities allege Minneapolis-based Target violated federal and state False Claims Acts by automatically refilling Medicaid recipients' prescriptions and seeking payment from Medicaid.
House Ways and Means Committee Republicans released a packet of bills to roll back Medicare regulations on hospitals. But the GOP won't steer the committee's legislative priorities next year.
John Hopkins Medicine has removed four top leaders at Johns Hopkins All Children's Hospital in St. Petersburg, Fla., following dramatic increases in the hospital's death rates for pediatric heart surgeries.
Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) will focus the Senate health committee's 2019 agenda around healthcare costs. He has asked for specific proposals from high-profile think tanks and industry groups.
UnitedHealthcare and physician staffing company Envision Healthcare have renewed their contract for 2019, resolving a dispute over Envision's ED billing practices that threatened to leave patients on the hook for surprise out-of-network medical bills.
The Food and Drug Administration's new guidance should create a clear path for generic makers of insulin to enter the market. But some say it will do little to reverse its rising cost.
Healthcare industry groups uniformly blasted the Trump administration's so-called public charge rule, warning it would have broad negative effects on the healthcare system, government budgets and public health.
Congress is considering a revised bill to establish provider-coordinated health homes for chronically ill children during its lame duck session. The U.S. House of Representatives has cut the amount of federal Medicaid money that would fund the homes.
While only 10% of adults with no adverse experiences during childhood reported being in fair or poor health, that percentage was 17% for those with at least one such experience, according to new data.