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  • Medicare Part B premium to drop for first time in a decade, Biden says

    The reduction is tied to lower-than-expected spending for the controversial Alzheimer’s drug Aduhelm.

    By Sept. 28, 2022
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    Stopgap Senate bill advances, but leaves COVID-19 funding behind

    The bill cuts funding for COVID-19 and monkeypox aid but extends two rural hospital programs.

    By Sept. 28, 2022
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    Labor

    Amid a surge in COVID-19 cases, hospitals need nurses so desparetly they're offering massive sign-on bonuses and staffing firms say open positions for both temporary and permanent nursing roles are at all-time highs

    By Healthcare Dive staff
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    AHA asks HHS to delay Oct. 6 deadline for information blocking compliance

    Health groups must start sharing health information electronically as regulators seek to make it easier for consumers to access their health data. But groups warn they’re not prepared to meet the deadline.

    By Sept. 27, 2022
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    Nebraska awards Medicaid managed care contracts to 3 insurers

    The health plans, selected from a field of five, will receive five-year contracts.

    By Sept. 27, 2022
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    DOJ’s case against UnitedHealth’s Change buy was hampered by ‘serious flaws,’ judge finds

    The most serious flaws were failing to prove that UnitedHealth is likely to misuse Change Healthcare’s data to advantage the company, Judge Carl Nichols wrote.

    By Sept. 23, 2022
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    Texas Medical Association files another lawsuit over surprise billing ban

    “We are, once again, asking for the law to be followed as Congress intended, and for the challenged provisions to be invalidated,” TMA’s president said.

    By Sept. 23, 2022
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    Watchdog faults FDA for rushing COVID tests to market by easing emergency use rules

    The HHS Office of Inspector General found that by loosening emergency use authorization requirements to bring COVID-19 tests to market faster, the agency allowed inaccurate tests to be distributed.

    By Elise Reuter • Sept. 22, 2022
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    Bipartisan Senate bill aims to boost mental health access, improve worker shortages

    The legislation comes as the Biden Administration aims to tackle the country’s worsening mental health crisis, which was exacerbated by the pandemic.

    By Sept. 22, 2022
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    HHS ‘roadmap’ aims to tackle nation’s mental health crisis

    The initiative prioritizes integrating behavioral health services into primary and other specialty care areas as well as community-based settings like schools.

    By Sept. 21, 2022
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    Majority of pregnancy-related deaths are preventable, CDC says

    Mental health conditions were the No. 1 cause of pregnancy-related mortality, the agency said.

    By Sept. 21, 2022
  • Judge denies DOJ’s move to block $13B UnitedHealth, Change deal

    The judge’s ruling follows a trial in which the DOJ argued that UnitedHealth’s bid for Change would disadvantage rivals and result in higher costs, lower quality and less innovative commercial health insurance.

    By Sept. 20, 2022
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    Health sector causes 10% of greenhouse gas emissions, report finds

    The congressional report also found a majority of health systems surveyed had been affected by an extreme weather event.

    By Sept. 19, 2022
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    Hospitals sending ‘distress flare’ after billions in projected 2022 losses

    A Thursday report prepared by Kaufman Hall showed that hospitals are likely to lose billions, driven by an overall expected $135 billion increase in expenses this year, and a $86 billion rise in labor costs alone.

    By Sept. 16, 2022
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    First Medicaid mobile mental health service to launch in Oregon

    The program supports the 988 national hotline and is part of President Joe Biden's strategy to combat the country's mental health crisis.

    By Sept. 14, 2022
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    Amazon, Walmart among hundreds of employers, health groups urging Senate to extend telehealth flexibilities

    The groups sent a letter to lawmakers on Tuesday asking them to extend pandemic-era access to virtually delivered care, including waiving provider and patient location limitations.

    By Sept. 14, 2022
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    Biden to ‘supercharge’ cancer moonshot initiative

    The president wants the U.S. to cut cancer deaths by at least 50% in the next 25 years, while also turning “more cancers from death sentences into chronic diseases people can live with.”

    By Sept. 13, 2022
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    Overturning of Roe v. Wade

    Sen. Lindsey Graham introduces his strictest national abortion ban yet

    The South Carolina lawmaker announced Tuesday that he planned to introduce a 15-week national abortion ban in Congress.

    By Sept. 13, 2022
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    HHS will allow EUAs for monkeypox tests to increase access in US

    The move follows the declaration of a public health emergency for the monkeypox outbreak on Aug. 4.

    By Ricky Zipp • Sept. 8, 2022
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    FDA issues first EUA for monkeypox test

    Quest Diagnostics' PCR test for monkeypox received emergency use authorization after the FDA issued guidance on how it will evaluate the tests.

    By Elise Reuter • Sept. 8, 2022
  • Physician groups urge CMS to prevent payment cuts, protect telehealth

    Multiple groups representing doctors oppose Medicare payment reductions at a time when physician practices face escalating costs.

    By Sept. 7, 2022
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    Opinion

    Missed vaccines open path for return of preventable diseases

    Immunization rates declined across the board beginning in March 2020, according to the CDC, but the most significant drop was among children who receive vaccines through the Vaccines for Children program.

    By Patricia Stinchfield • Sept. 7, 2022
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    CDC backs updated COVID-19 shots from Pfizer, Moderna

    One day after the FDA’s authorization, the CDC recommended the companies’ omicron-targeted vaccines for most adults and children over 12 years old.

    By Delilah Alvarado • Sept. 2, 2022
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    New rural hospital designation still needs tweaks and more flexibility, stakeholders say

    Rural providers are weighing whether to switch to a new payment model as federal regulators aim to curb hospital closures.

    By Sept. 1, 2022
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    Proposed CMS rule would streamline Medicaid, CHIP enrollment

    The proposal comes as states begin to notify Medicaid beneficiaries about potential losses of coverage due to the impending end of the COVID-19 public health emergency.

    By Sept. 1, 2022
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    FDA clears updated COVID-19 boosters from Pfizer, Moderna

    The new shots, which are designed to better target circulating strains of omicron, could be available within days. Advisers to the CDC are set to meet later this week.

    By Delilah Alvarado • Aug. 31, 2022