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    As laboratory-developed test rule looms, experts warn patients may lose access to critical diagnostics

    In testimony to Congress Thursday, industry and patient group leaders described the trade-offs expected from increased FDA oversight of laboratory-developed tests.

    By Susan Kelly • March 22, 2024
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    Hospital groups question HHS about data breach reporting after Change attack

    In a Thursday letter, the American Hospital Association urged the HHS’ Office for Civil Rights to reduce possible “duplicative” breach notifications from the Change cyberattack.

    By March 22, 2024
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    Disputes between hospitals and workers are likely to continue even as the pandemic’s greatest impacts subside — a source of friction that could leave patients caught in the middle.

    By Healthcare Dive staff
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    Medicare to cover Novo’s obesity drug for some patients

    Two weeks after the FDA updated Wegovy’s label, Medicare changed its stance to allow people with a history of heart disease to receive treatment, a shift that could further boost access to the fast-selling medicine. 

    By Ben Fidler • March 22, 2024
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    CMS launches model to increase primary care investment in Medicare

    Value-based care and physician interest groups said the model should create a more stable cash flow for providers.

    By March 20, 2024
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    MedPAC’s physician pay recommendations insufficient, provider groups say

    The Medicare Advisory Payment Commission also suggests tying the rate of physician payment increases to the Medicare Economic Index — a move some industry groups support.

    By March 19, 2024
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    ‘As fast as possible but no faster than is safe’: Hospitals, tech companies confront AI governance

    Regulators seeking to erect guardrails around AI are facing a Sisyphean task, experts said at HIMSS. How do you oversee something that is constantly changing?

    By March 18, 2024
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    CMS releases Medicaid payment flexibilities during Change cyberattack

    The relief comes as 94% of hospitals reported financial impact from the outage, according to a survey from the American Hospital Association.

    By March 18, 2024
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    Government watchdog warns of Medicaid oversight gaps

    The CMS doesn’t require states to report data on outcomes or care denials, and has made “delayed” progress on plans to analyze the information and make it public, according to the Government Accountability Office.

    By March 18, 2024
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    Microsoft’s health VP takes on responsible AI

    David Rhew talks about Microsoft's new AI governance network and federal regulators’ plan to more actively oversee the technology.

    By March 18, 2024
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    HHS opens investigation into Change Healthcare cyberattack

    The Office for Civil Rights will focus on whether protected health information was breached and if UnitedHealth complied with privacy and security requirements.

    By March 14, 2024
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    Center for Connected Health Policy’s Mei Kwong on what to expect for telehealth regulations

    Some telehealth provisions could expire by the end of the year unless Congress makes them permanent.

    By March 14, 2024
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    HHS artificial intelligence task force takes shape

    The new group will stand up “assurance, monitoring, risk-management practices” around AI in healthcare, according to a top HHS official.

    By March 14, 2024
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    Continuous Medicaid enrollment linked to less postpartum coverage loss, study finds

    States that have expanded Medicaid for a year after pregnancy might see similar coverage gains, researchers wrote.

    By March 13, 2024
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    Biden’s proposed budget for 2025 boosts cybersecurity funds, extends ACA subsidies

    The budget request includes proposals for “Medicaid-like” coverage in non-expansion states and future penalties for hospitals that don’t implement cybersecurity standards.

    By March 13, 2024
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    White House meets with UnitedHealth, industry groups on Change cyberattack fallout

    Officials called on payers to cut red tape and offer financial support to providers, including advanced payments. 

    By March 13, 2024
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    Biden proposes strengthening Medicare’s drug pricing power

    The administration seeks to significantly increase the number of drugs each year that would be subjected to price negotiations under provisions of the Inflation Reduction Act. 

    By Kristin Jensen • March 7, 2024
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    House committee advances bill to block nursing home staffing standards

    In a 26-17 vote, the House Ways and Means Committee passed a bill that would stop the CMS from approving Biden’s controversial proposed staffing minimum policy.

    By March 7, 2024
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    Federal government probes healthcare private equity deals

    The cross-agency investigation comes as scrutiny rises regarding corporate consolidation in healthcare.

    By March 6, 2024
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    Dexcom receives FDA clearance for first OTC glucose sensor

    The diabetes tech firm tailored its software to the 25 million people in the U.S. who have Type 2 diabetes and do not use insulin.

    By Nick Paul Taylor • March 6, 2024
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    CMS rolls out provider flexibilities amid fallout from Change cyberattack

    Provider groups argued the government should go further to financially bolster providers during the outage at Change Healthcare.

    By March 5, 2024
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    Elevance gains $190M on revised MA star ratings

    It’s a positive development for the insurer, which sued the government earlier this year after its quality scores fell dramatically.

    By March 5, 2024
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    Hospital price transparency compliance dips: report

    Lenient regulatory enforcement has led hospitals to disregard price transparency requirements, according to watchdog group Patient Rights Advocate.

    By March 4, 2024
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    Molina loses Medicaid contract in Virginia

    It’s the second recent Medicaid state loss for Molina, despite executives expressing confidence about the insurer’s ability to retain contracts.

    By March 1, 2024
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    UnitedHealth under antitrust investigation by DOJ: reports

    Regulators are reportedly looking into the massive healthcare conglomerate’s potential anticompetitive effects, including the relationship between its health insurer UnitedHealthcare and physician network Optum.

    By Feb. 28, 2024
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    Lobby-funded study argues Medicare Advantage rate cuts are worse than CMS expects

    Medicare Advantage payment per month per beneficiary could drop by 1% next year if regulators finalize rates as proposed, according to the analysis backed by the Better Medicare Alliance.

    By Feb. 27, 2024