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    Deep Dive // Overturning of Roe v. Wade

    No ‘slam dunk fix’ in HIPAA privacy law to protect abortion patients

    In an increasingly murky legal environment, providers should focus on minimizing and protecting the data they collect, experts said.

    By Aug. 5, 2022
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    Overturning of Roe v. Wade

    Biden’s executive order seeks to ease access to abortion across state lines

    The order follows the DOJ’s decision to sue Idaho over its near-total abortion ban as the end of Roe has left states to decide whether to outlaw the procedure.

    By Aug. 4, 2022
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    Vertical integration and consolidation

    Healthcare companies merging with subsectors of the industry is a growing trend, although certainly not a new one.

    By Healthcare Dive staff
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    Monkeypox declared federal public health emergency

    “We're prepared to take our response to the next level in addressing this virus, and we urge every American to take monkeypox seriously and to take responsibility to help us tackle this virus,” HHS Secretary Xavier Becerra said.

    By Aug. 4, 2022
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    6 questions for the medtech industry if Congress doesn’t reauthorize FDA user fees on time

    If Congress doesn’t pass the legislation before Sept. 30, furloughs and delays lie ahead for the agency.

    By Elise Reuter • Aug. 4, 2022
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    Biden selects monkeypox response team

    The president tapped two leaders with emergency management and public health backgrounds to lead the nation’s response to the disease as cases continue to climb.

    By Aug. 3, 2022
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    Number of uninsured Americans falls to all-time low

    Policy experts are worried, however, that progress on coverage expansion will be threatened when a moratorium on Medicaid disenrollment ends.

    By Aug. 3, 2022
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    Overturning of Roe v. Wade

    DOJ sues Idaho over near-total abortion ban in first post-Roe challenge

    In a suit filed in Idaho’s southern district, the Department of Justice claimed that Idaho’s “near-absolute” abortion ban blocks clinicians from providing necessary care in medical emergencies as required by federal law. 

    By Aug. 2, 2022
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    Providers say inpatient pay adjustment for inflation not sufficient

    Groups like the American Hospital Association had asked for more adjustments, but the CMS declined to set aside its regulatory payment formula.

    By Aug. 2, 2022
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    CMS calls for public input to improve Medicare Advantage

    The agency wants feedback from a variety of voices on how it can strengthen the popular but increasingly controversial program.

    By Aug. 1, 2022
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    Medicare Advantage plans make inflated dialysis payments, study says

    Research published in Health Affairs found large chains in the consolidated dialysis sector have the market power to negotiate higher MA reimbursement.

    By Aug. 1, 2022
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    Senate Dems reach draft deal to extend ACA premiums, lower drug costs

    The bill, part of a more than $300 billion package, extends enhanced ACA premiums and allows Medicare to negotiate select prescription drug prices starting in 2026.

    By July 29, 2022
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    CMS targets maternal health, extends postpartum coverage

    The strategy to improve outcomes and equity includes ensuring access to reproductive healthcare services and adopting a new “birthing-friendly” hospital designation.

    By July 27, 2022
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    HHS names new acting Civil Rights director

    Melanie Fontes Rainer is now acting director of the HHS’ Office of Civil Rights. She will replace Lisa Pino, who has left the agency.

    By July 26, 2022
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    HHS proposes reinstating nondiscrimination protections stripped by Trump administration

    One notable change includes language around clinical algorithms, prohibiting discrimination through the use of that technology in healthcare settings.

    By July 26, 2022
  • Most patients worry about data privacy, AMA survey says

    The medical group said it fears that patients' digital data is being shared in violation of HIPAA protections.

    By July 26, 2022
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    OIG warns of telehealth fraud risks in wake of DOJ crackdown

    The special alert to healthcare providers describes how fraudsters recruit and reward practitioners in schemes to exploit the growth of telemedicine.

    By July 25, 2022
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    WHO declares growing monkeypox outbreak global health emergency

    The decision comes as the U.S. scrambles to slow the spread of the virus.

    By July 25, 2022
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    CDC backs Novavax's protein-based vaccine for COVID-19

    Health officials argue a new type of shot could help to persuade unvaccinated people, although some surveys suggest that might not be the case. 

    By Delilah Alvarado • July 21, 2022
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    DOJ goes after $1.2B in health fraud, including telehealth, genetic testing

    Regulators are primarily targeting laboratory owners and operators who paid illegal kickbacks and bribes in exchange for patient referrals from doctors working with fraudulent companies.

    By July 20, 2022
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    Overturning of Roe v. Wade

    'I am terrified': Doctors warn lawmakers of grim health impacts from Roe reversal

    Anti-abortion laws have had a chilling effect on patient care, resulting in providers — concerned about the potential for legal action — delaying or denying in some cases life-saving services, doctors told a House committee.

    By July 20, 2022
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    Elevance steps away from New York Medicare Advantage contract amid continued litigation

    CEO Gail Boudreaux told investors Wednesday the insurer "needed greater certainty" in order to continue with the contract.

    By July 20, 2022
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    ACA marketplace premiums poised to jump

    Health insurers' preliminary filings with state regulators point to a 10% median bump in rates for enrollees in 2023, a Kaiser Family Foundation analysis found.

    By July 19, 2022
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    Lawmakers urge HHS to fine drugmakers restricting 340B drug discounts

    Currently, 18 drug manufacturers are limiting discounts dispensed through pharmacies that contract with 340B providers, according to a letter from bipartisan House members to HHS Secretary Xavier Becerra.

    By July 18, 2022
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    Academic health center pays $875K fine in data breach

    HHS cited Oklahoma State University Center for Health Services for multiple HIPAA violations, including failure to disclose in a timely manner that patient data had been compromised.

    By July 18, 2022
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    HHS ramps up monkeypox vaccine supply as outbreak spreads

    The effort to scale up vaccine distribution comes amid concerns about supply constraints with case numbers projected to increase. 

    By July 18, 2022