Tuesday, January 22, 2019

VA has yet to detail criteria for community care

Veterans Affairs Secretary Robert Wilkie's first full briefing on the VA Mission Act was scant on details for the most controversial provision: the automatic...

Calif., N.Y. approve Cigna-Express Scripts merger with conditions

California and New York regulators approved health insurer Cigna Corp.'s acquisition of pharmacy benefit manager Express Scripts, bringing the $ 67 billion deal...

Why one state that did everything right is still losing ACA...

Enrollment in New Jersey's insurance exchange during open enrollment this year trails last year's sign-ups by 14%. That's despite state efforts to enact an...

Providers welcome interstate licensing, while unions oppose it

Health systems are pushing for interstate licensing of nurses, physicians and advanced practice providers to streamline care, but unions claim that it opens the...

Calif. hospitals scramble to find housing for employees displaced by wildfires

Hundreds of hospital employees have lost homes in the Camp Fire that devastated Paradise, Calif., and administrators are working feverishly to find them temporary...

Improper Medicare payments hit lowest level in nearly a decade

More targeted enforcement activity and reduced regulatory burden led to a nearly $ 5 billion drop in improper Medicare payments in fiscal 2018. Modern...

Medicaid birthing model yields success for CMS

A federal initiative targeting pregnant Medicaid patients reduced medical costs for both mothers and their babies. Modern Healthcare Breaking News

Nursing home star ratings don’t reflect patient safety events

A new study finds patient safety measures don't have a strong influence on the overall star rating a nursing home will receive on CMS'...

Anthem’s lower costs, growing Medicare rolls boost Q3 profit

National health insurer Anthem continued its streak of higher quarterly profit in the third quarter of 2018 as it grew Medicare Advantage membership, raised...

CMS denies North Carolina’s proposal to pay down docs’ debt

While the CMS approved North Carolina's waiver to transition to managed care and offer federal funding to address social determinants of health, it rejected...
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