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Regulatory

HHS To Implement Pay-For-Performance Models For Primary Care Practices Serving Medicare

May 10, 2019

Via: Forbes

Two weeks ago, the Department of Human and Health Services (HHS) unveiled the “Primary Cares Initiative,” a program that aims to “reduce administrative burdens” and enable primary care physicians to earn “performance-based payments” if they deliver care to Medicare patients […]


Regulatory

Drugmaker Gilead reaches agreement with White House to donate HIV prevention med

May 10, 2019

Via: CNBC

Pharmaceutical giant Gilead Sciences has agreed to donate drugs that reduce the risk of HIV transmission for up to 200,000 people a year, the Trump administration says. The agreement between Gilead and the Trump administration will last until at least […]


Regulatory

Trump administration wants to shame Big Pharma into lowering drug prices

May 9, 2019

Via: CNBC

The Trump administration wants to shame pharmaceutical companies into lowering prescription drug prices, Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar told CNBC in an interview Thursday. Pharmaceutical companies will be required to disclose the list price of their prescription medicines […]


Regulatory

The money and politics of prescription drugs: What you need to know

May 8, 2019

Via: The Medical News

If there’s one area of health care where Republicans and Democrats might strike a deal, it’s prescription drugs. President Donald Trump has floated a plan to cut drug prices. Democratic and Republican ideas abound in Congress, where lawmakers have put […]


Regulatory

Community care deadline looms as VA grapples with software issues

April 29, 2019

Via: Health Data Management

While the Department of Veterans Affairs says it is on track to implement improvements to community care by June 6 as required by the MISSION Act, the agency is still struggling with software challenges. The MISSION Act, signed into law […]


Regulatory

Association insurance pushes on despite court ruling

April 25, 2019

Via: The Medical News

When the Trump administration in June issued rules making it easier for small employers to band together to buy health insurance, “we started looking immediately,” recalled Scott Lyon, a top executive at the Small Business Association of Michigan. Although he […]


Regulatory

Amid opioid prescriber crackdown, health officials reach out to pain patients

April 24, 2019

Via: The Medical News

A pharmacist in Celina, Tenn., was one of 60 people indicted on charges of opioid-related crimes last week, in a multistate sting. John Polston was charged with 21 counts of filling medically unnecessary narcotic prescriptions. He was also Gail Gray’s […]


Regulatory

Amid FDA Crackdown, Walgreens Will Raise Age To 21 For Tobacco Purchases

April 23, 2019

Via: Forbes

Walgreens Boots Alliance said it will require tobacco purchasers to be at least 21 years old effective Sept. 1 of this year in a move to prevent young people from purchasing cigarettes and released products. The move comes amid a […]


Regulatory

Changes to Medicare rules could support care innovation for dialysis

April 22, 2019

Via: The Medical News

In a commentary published in the American Journal of Kidney Diseases, public health researchers suggest adjustments to recently proposed rule changes on how Medicare pays for dialysis services. Medicare spends approximately $35 billion annually on care for beneficiaries with end-stage […]


Data Analytics, Information Management, Regulatory

Prospects rise for regulation in insurance analytics

April 18, 2019

Via: Health Data Management

(Bloomberg Opinion) — A backlash against big tech has sent lawmakers all over the world scrambling for ways to restrain the influence of computers over daily life. Now, Congressional Democrats are offering up an Algorithmic Accountability Act of 2019, an […]


Regulatory

US regulator bans sale of transvaginal surgical mesh

April 17, 2019

Via: medicaldevice-network.com

The order was issued following the FDA’s review of premarket approval (PMA) applications submitted by Boston Scientific and Danish medical device maker Coloplast. Boston Scientific submitted PMAs for Uphold LITE Vaginal Support System and Xenform Soft Tissue Repair System, while […]


Regulatory

HHS to audit plans for compliance with HIPAA transactions

April 15, 2019

Via: Health Data Management

The federal agency responsible for regulations governing standardization of electronic transactions and data accessibility for consumers is ramping up adherence efforts. The Department of Health and Human Services is launched a pilot auditing program, starting with health plans and claims […]


Regulatory

Cancer patients and those with anemia should not be denied opioids, says CDC

April 11, 2019

Via: The Medical News

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has issued a letter clarifying that people suffering from severe pain caused by cancer or sickle-cell anemia should not be denied prescriptions for opioid pain-killers. The letter, which was issued on […]


Regulatory

Exemptions surge as parents and doctors do ‘Hail Mary’ around vaccine laws

April 5, 2019

Via: The Medical News

At two public charter schools in the Sonoma wine country town of Sebastopol, more than half the kindergartners received medical exemptions from state-required vaccines last school year. The cities of Berkeley, Santa Cruz, Nevada City, Arcata and Sausalito all had […]


Regulatory

Trump seeks funding for data resource to support pediatric cancer research

April 5, 2019

Via: Health Data Management

The Trump administration wants to launch a 10-year, $500 million initiative that creates a national data resource for pediatric cancer research to develop new, more effective and safer treatments for children. President Trump first announced the data initiative in January […]