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    Funds for free COVID-19 vaccines could run out as early as January, HHS says

    The commercial market for COVID-19 vaccinations could be similar to that for seasonal flu shots and other vaccines, the department said.

    By Aug. 31, 2022
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    Monkeypox vaccine supply woes easing, federal health officials say

    The HHS so far has made over 1 million vials available to jurisdictions, “which is nearly enough to reach the entire population that's most at risk,” Secretary Xavier Becerra said during a call with reporters Tuesday.

    By Aug. 30, 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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    FTC sues data broker Kochava for selling data that could track clinic visits

    Kochava called the lawsuit “frivolous” and said the FTC was operating under a “fundamental misunderstanding” of its data marketplace business.

    By Aug. 30, 2022
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    Biden administration makes record-high investment in ACA navigators

    The administration is pouring almost $100 million into organizations that help consumers navigate enrolling in Affordable Care Act plans in 2023.

    By Aug. 29, 2022
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    Opinion

    Congress finally eliminates Part D vaccine cost sharing: Medicare coverage is still broken

    The Inflation Reduction Act leaves intact a peculiar split in Medicare vaccine coverage that discourages physicians from offering certain vaccines, argues former Moderna Vice President Richard Hughes.

    By Richard Hughes • Aug. 26, 2022
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    Molina, Elevance, Centene win big with Medicaid contracts in California

    The managed care organizations already held Medicaid contracts with the state, but the overhaul in counties served is causing one payer to consider appealing the proposed contracts.

    By Updated Aug. 29, 2022
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    Overturning of Roe v. Wade

    HHS tells governors it ‘won’t hesitate’ to tap DOJ for states violating EMTALA

    The department urged state governors to request federal funding, including Medicaid funds, to expand abortion access, including for pregnant people traveling from states that restrict or prohibit abortion.

    By Aug. 26, 2022
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    Overturning of Roe v. Wade

    Judge blocks part of Idaho law, allowing physicians to perform abortions in emergencies

    The ruling sides with the Biden administration, delivering a partial win for the DOJ in its first legal challenge since the Supreme Court ruled to overturn the constitutional right to an abortion.

    By Aug. 25, 2022
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    Medicare Advantage lobby rebuts senator’s inquiry into ‘potentially deceptive’ marketing tactics

    The Better Medicare Alliance is arguing that marketing materials for MA plans are already subject to “careful regulation” and adhere to a 53-page set of federal guidelines.

    By Aug. 24, 2022
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    Moderna follows Pfizer in asking FDA to approve updated COVID shot

    The companies are moving quickly to supply vaccines targeting currently circulating omicron variants in time for the Biden administration's planned fall vaccination campaign.

    By Kristen Jensen • Aug. 24, 2022
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    Texas judge blocks HHS guidance on emergency abortion care

    The ruling, which sets back the Biden administration’s efforts to protect abortion access nationwide, comes just days before Texas’ trigger ban will go into effect, toughening abortion penalties in the state.

    By Aug. 24, 2022
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    4 California healthcare organizations reach $71M False Claims settlement

    The organizations allegedly pocketed Medicaid adult expansion program funds meant to be returned to the state, according to a DOJ release.

    By Aug. 23, 2022
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    15M Medicaid enrollees risk coverage loss when COVID-19 health emergency ends, HHS reports

    A disproportionate number of those who stand to lose coverage are children and young adults, according to the agency.

    By Aug. 23, 2022
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    Fauci plans to step down in December

    Anthony Fauci will leave his post as the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases and as the president’s chief medical adviser.

    By Aug. 22, 2022
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    CMS aims to mandate state quality reporting for Medicaid, CHIP

    The proposed rule would require states to report on quality measurements for the two growing programs for the first time.

    By Aug. 22, 2022
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    Biden admin adds 1.8M extra doses to monkeypox vaccine supply as New York urges more aid

    Additional doses come amid rising demand, especially in hard-hit areas like New York where legislators are urging the Biden administration to invoke the Defense Production Act to produce more shots.

    By Aug. 19, 2022
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    CDC, amid criticism for COVID-19 response, plans reorganization as public health threats grow

    The shakeup includes the creation of new offices, staffing moves and steps to expedite data releases, CDC director Rochelle Walensky informed staff on Wednesday.

    By Aug. 18, 2022
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    Opinion

    The promise of payer transparency

    A new price transparency rule lends itself to creating a more equitable, cost-effective market for medical coverage, Clarify Health chief analytics and privacy officer Niall Brennan argues.

    By Niall Brennan • Aug. 17, 2022
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    Payers, hospitals pleased as Biden signs sweeping health bill into law

    The three-year continuation of enhanced subsidies for Affordable Care Act plans should help millions afford coverage and create some revenue stability for payers and hospitals in a tricky operational environment.

    By Aug. 17, 2022
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    FTC tells states to avoid shielding hospital mergers from antitrust enforcement

    A report released Monday compiles research that shows arrangements, called Certificates of Public Advantage, result in higher prices, lower quality of care and lower wage growth for employees.

    By Aug. 16, 2022
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    Pharma prepares to continue fight as drug pricing bill passes House

    Analysts have highlighted ways in which drugmakers might seek to sidestep the law, which President Joe Biden is expected to sign Tuesday.

    By Christopher Newman • Aug. 16, 2022
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    Philips CEO Frans van Houten to step down in October amid recall woes; Jakobs named successor

    The leadership change comes amid the company’s ongoing recall problems, including negotiations on a consent decree with the Department of Justice.

    By Ricky Zipp • Aug. 16, 2022
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    House passes bill extending ACA subsidies, allowing Medicare drug price negotiations

    The bill, which passed on party lines in a 220-207 vote, will now head to President Joe Biden’s desk. He is expected to sign it into law this week.

    By Aug. 15, 2022
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    CDC, HHS release environmental index as federal government ramps up climate oversight

    The index analyzes cumulative environmental factors at the individual census tract-level so local public health officials “can identify and map areas most at risk for the health impacts of environmental burden,” the HHS said.

    By Aug. 11, 2022
  • A medical professional prepares a dose of the monkeypox vaccine on July 23, 2022 in London, England.
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    US takes step to expand monkeypox vaccine supply

    The FDA authorized a new plan that could lead to a five-fold increase in available doses. European health officials may follow the agency's lead. 

    By Kristin Jensen • Aug. 10, 2022