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Regulatory

Today Is the Last Day to Sign Up For Obamacare. Here’s What to Do Now

December 15, 2017

Via: Time Health

Today’s the last day to apply for Obamacare on the federal marketplace, healthcare.gov. Individual insurance consumers who miss this deadline won’t be able to select health insurance for 2018 without a special circumstance like a job loss or marriage. The […]


Regulatory

Medicare fails to recover hundreds of millions of dollars in lab overcharges

December 15, 2017

Via: The Medical News

Five years ago, Companion DX Reference Lab hoped to cash in on cutting-edge genetic tests paid for by Medicare. The Houston lab marketed a test to assess how a person’s genes affect tolerance for drugs such as opiates used to […]


Regulatory

Healthcare organizations voice worry over end of net neutrality

December 15, 2017

Via: Health Data Management

The Federal Communications Commission vote on Thursday to roll back regulations that uphold net neutrality has some healthcare organizations concerned that the move could have downstream implications for providers, particularly those located in and serving rural areas. The five-member FCC […]


Regulatory

FDA launches online tool to help doctors prescribe antibiotics

December 14, 2017

Via: Health Data Management

Antibiotic resistance is a serious and growing public health threat that is increasingly limiting the drug choices available to providers for effectively treating bacterial infections. The Food and Drug Administration has launched a new website to help clinicians make more […]


Regulatory

Rather Than Repeal, Medical Device Tax May Be Suspended Again

December 13, 2017

Via: Forbes

A controversial tax on medical device sales under the Affordable Care Act could be suspended again rather than disappear permanently under new legislation emerging in the Republican-led Congress. The 2.3% tax on medical device sales that is part of the […]


Regulatory

HHS announces winners of its Opioid Code-a-Thon

December 12, 2017

Via: Health Data Management

The Department of Health and Human Services has announced the winners of its first-ever Opioid Code-a-Thon to help harness data into solutions to combat the nation’s epidemic of drug overdoses. The code-a-thon took place on December 6 and 7 at […]


Innovation, Medical Devices, Regulatory

US FDA approves Boston Scientific’s brain stimulation device

December 12, 2017

Via: medicaldevice-network.com

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved Boston Scientific’s Vercise Deep Brain Stimulation (DBS) System for the treatment of Parkinson’s disease symptoms. A DBS system is designed to trigger a targeted region of the brain through implanted leads […]


EHR & EMR, Regulatory

VA to spend $10B on Cerner EHR to replace legacy system

December 8, 2017

Via: Health Data Management

The Department of Veterans Affairs will spend $10 billion over 10 years to implement a new Cerner electronic health record to replace its decades-old legacy system. By comparison, the Department of Defense in 2015 awarded a $4.3 billion contract to […]


Regulatory

UnitedHealth to buy DaVita clinics for $4.9 billion

December 6, 2017

Via: CNBC

UnitedHealth struck a $4.9 billion deal on Wednesday to acquire the DaVita Medical Group unit of kidney dialysis firm DaVita in an all-cash transaction. DaVita Medical Group operates nearly 300 clinics and half a dozen outpatient surgical centers in six […]


Regulatory

CDC combats opioid crisis with health, prescription data

December 6, 2017

Via: Health Data Management

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is trying to help stem the tide of opioid overdoses nationwide through its public health data collection and reporting, as well improvements to state-run electronic databases for tracking prescriptions. CDC is “funding an […]


Regulatory

GOP Senator says it’s hard to fund $14 billion children’s health program—then advocates for $1 trillion tax cut

December 4, 2017

Via: CNBC

This week, Senator Orrin Hatch (R-UT) helped push a tax bill through the Senate that will cost about $1 trillion. At the same time, he lamented the difficulties of finding the money to fund the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP), […]


Regulatory

Foundation Medicine gets approval for cancer test in US

December 1, 2017

Via: medicaldevice-network.com

Molecular information firm Foundation Medicine has secured approval from the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for its comprehensive companion diagnostic test, FoundationOne CDx, for solid tumours. The genomic profiling (CGP) test is designed to identify people who could benefit […]


Regulatory

Patients with rare diseases and congress square off over orphan drug tax credits

November 30, 2017

Via: The Medical News

As President Donald Trump talked tax reform on Capitol Hill Tuesday, Arkansas patient advocate Andrea Taylor was also meeting with lawmakers and asking them to save a corporate tax credit for rare disease drug companies. Taking the credit away, Taylor […]


Regulatory

Optum launches $250M fund to invest in digital health companies

November 29, 2017

Via: Health Data Management

Optum, UnitedHealth Group’s health services business unit, has launched a $250 million fund to invest in healthcare technology innovation. Called Optum Ventures, the fund—with offices in Boston and Menlo Park, Calif.—will provide capital investment as well as strategic guidance to […]


Regulatory

FCC looks to expand $400M cap for Rural Health Care Program

November 28, 2017

Via: Health Data Management

The Federal Communications Commission is seeking public comment on the agency’s proposal to increase the $400 million annual cap for the Rural Health Care Program, which provides funding for telecommunications and broadband services to rural communities to support telemedicine networks. […]