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Despite GOP efforts to corral Medicaid spending, states expand benefits

October 19, 2017

Via: The Medical News

While congressional Republicans and President Donald Trump have been seeking major cuts in federal funding of Medicaid, 26 states this year expanded or enhanced benefits and at least 17 plan to do so next year, according to a report released […]


Regulatory

Families stop donation of organs from deceased relatives who are registered donors

October 19, 2017

Via: The Medical News

Hundreds of families across England block the donation of organs from deceased relatives, despite the deceased having chosen to sign the Organ Donation Register. Over the last five years, organs from 505 registered donors were not made available to people […]


Opinions, Regulatory

Here’s how to snag the best Medicare Advantage Plan

October 18, 2017

Via: CNBC

Medicare open enrollment is underway, which means you have until Dec. 7 to sign up for an Advantage Plan or to make changes to the one you already have. If you’re uncertain whether one of these plans is right for […]


Regulatory

Republicans face a new moment of truth on Obamacare

October 18, 2017

Via: CNBC

Republicans in Washington have reached a new moment of truth on Obamacare — and not about whether they can repeal it. This time, it’s about whether an all-Republican government can accept political limits, allow bipartisan compromise and protect citizens from […]


Regulatory

What I told Congress about Patient Access to Experimental Medicines

October 17, 2017

Via: Forbes

Early this month, I went to Washington, D.C., to serve as a witness for a hearing on “Examining Patient Access to Investigational Drugs” held by the Subcommittee on Health of the House of Representatives’ Committee on Energy and Commerce. The […]


Innovation, Med Tech, Regulatory

FDA clears new Senhance System that can help facilitate minimally invasive surgery

October 16, 2017

Via: The Medical News

Today, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration cleared the Senhance System, a new robotically-assisted surgical device (RASD) that can help facilitate minimally invasive surgery. “Minimally invasive surgery helps reduce pain, scarring and recovery time after surgery,” said Binita Ashar, M.D., […]


Regulatory

Trump tells Democrats to ‘call me to fix’ health care

October 13, 2017

Via: CNBC

President Donald Trump is inviting congressional Democrats to “call me to fix” America’s health care system, as he prepares an order ceasing federal subsidy payments to health insurers. In a pre-dawn post on his Twitter account Friday, the president reiterated […]


Regulatory

As Tax Reform Looms, Hospitals Defend U.S. Exemptions

October 12, 2017

Via: Forbes

As the Republican-led Congress moves from its failed health reform effort to an attempt to restructure the U.S. tax code, the nation’s hospital industry is out with a new report defending its federal tax exemption. The American Hospital Association says […]


Innovation, Med Tech, Regulatory

Respicardia gets FDA approval for remede system to treat sleep apnea

October 12, 2017

Via: medicaldevice-network.com

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved Respicardia’s transvenous implantable neurostimulation system, remede, for moderate to severe central sleep apnea (CSA) in adults. Remede is designed to activate the phrenic nerve and engage the diaphragm to restore natural […]


Regulatory

Trump appoints Hargan as acting HHS secretary

October 11, 2017

Via: Modern Healthcare

President Donald Trump on Tuesday named Eric Hargan as his new acting HHS secretary.Hargan was confirmed as the deputy HHS secretary recently and was sworn in last week. He will take agency veteran Don Wright’s place as acting secretary in […]


Regulatory

Patients don’t back Anthem’s new ER policy

October 10, 2017

Via: FierceHealthcare

Patients are not happy with Anthem’s new emergency room coverage policy, according to a new poll, although the health insurer says it is largely misunderstood. The American College of Emergency Physicians polled more than 2,200 adults; two-thirds said they oppose […]


Regulatory

Despite boost in social security, rising Medicare Part B costs leave seniors in bind

October 5, 2017

Via: The Medical News

Millions of seniors will soon be notified that Medicare premiums for physicians’ services are rising and likely to consume most of the cost-of-living adjustment they’ll receive next year from Social Security. Higher 2018 premiums for Medicare Part B will hit […]


Data Analytics, Information Management, Regulatory

OIG: Medicare Fraud Prevention System needs improvement

October 4, 2017

Via: Health Data Management

Analysts using a system leveraging predictive analytics to identify improper Medicare fee-for-service claims need to improve the process for refining and enhancing its models, according to an audit by the Department of Health and Human Services Office of Inspector General. […]


Regulatory

NYU Langone Health wins HIMSS Enterprise Davies Award

October 3, 2017

Via: Health Data Management

NYU Langone Health has been selected as a 2017 HIMSS Enterprise Nicholas E. Davies Award recipient for its excellence in implementing healthcare information technology to substantially improve patient outcomes and value. The New York City-based academic medical center installed a […]


Regulatory

Senate unanimously passes bill expanding Medicare telehealth services

September 28, 2017

Via: Health Data Management

The Senate has unanimously passed the Creating High-Quality Results and Outcomes Necessary to Improve Chronic (CHRONIC) Care Act of 2017, which expands access to telehealth services for Medicare beneficiaries living with illnesses like cancer, diabetes and Alzheimer’s disease. “The CHRONIC […]