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Industry Groups Weigh in on HHS' Drug Price Blueprint

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Organizations from across the healthcare industry weighed in on the administration's drug price blueprint in time for a Monday deadline. In May, the Department of Health and Human Services issued a request for information shortly after the president unveiled his administration's "American Patients First: plan to lower drug prices. In the policy blu...
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Administration Slashes Funds for ACA Outreach

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Most of the funding for an ACA outreach program is being cut by the administration, a move announced late Tuesday that touched off an angry response who called it another attempt to sabotage the health law. The program, which provides money to outreach groups urging people to sign up for plans on the ACA exchanges, will get $10 million in federal f...
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Study Finds Surprising Ambulance Driver Diversion

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Hospital inpatient volume may have a bigger impact on ambulance diversion than emergency department volume, according to a new study. Researchers examined more than 5.8 million inpatient stays and 18.7 million ED visits across 208 California hospitals between 2005 and 2012. On average, the likelihood that a hospital would go on diversion increased ...
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Administration Takes Definitive Swipe at ACA

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The Trump administration is freezing payments under an "Obamacare" program that protects insurers with sicker patients from financial losses, a move expected to add to premium increases next year. At stake are billions in payments to insurers with sicker customers. The latest administration action could disrupt the Affordable Care Act, the health c...
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High Drug Prices Forcing Patients to Make Risky Choices

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The "broken" drug pricing system in the U.S. is forcing some patients to make decisions that can negatively impact their health, experts warn. One internist and associate executive director for The Permanente Medical Group, said an example of this is one of his congestive heart failure patients, who ended up in the emergency room because of poor ca...
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New Healthcare plans Will Lower Costs for Small Businesses

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The Secretary of Labor told Fox News that the administration's new health insurance rule will allow small businesses to negotiate lower cost plans. Large companies have many advantages; they have bargaining power and actually have fewer regulations than the small businesses. The Association Health Plans (AHPs) announced by the administration allow ...
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VA Launches National Medical Device Registry

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The Department of Veterans Affairs has teamed with several other federal agencies to launch a nationwide medical implant tracking program. The collaboration between the VA and the Department of Defense, Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services and the Food and Drug Administration will allow the VA to better monitor the safety of implant devices...
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Drug Makers Announcing Big Voluntary Price Cuts

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Drug makers will announce "voluntary massive" price cuts in by the end of June. The administration and Health and the Human Services Secretary unveiled a blueprint to lower drug prices in early June.The Administration said Wednesday drugmakers will soon be announcing "voluntary massive" price cuts in two weeks. While signing "right-to-try" legislat...
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Hospital Perspective Surprises Market

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Hip and knee replacements can improve quality of life and provide significant relief for those suffering with severe arthritic conditions. With Americans living longer than ever, total joint replacements represent one of the most commonly performed surgeries in the US, accounting for more than one million procedures annually.This number is expected...
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States May Be Required to Safeguard ACA Markets Without Federal Leadership

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Regulation of healthcare remains a complicated issue. States want things their way; insurers demand changes be made to help them provide affordable coverage; and the insured want something to happen that makes sense as soon as possible. While some claim proposed solutions would be a boon for small business, small business advocates and health-care ...
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