CMS projects Part D monthly premium to decline slightly in 2018

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The average monthly premium for a basic Medicare Part D prescription drug plan in 2018 is estimated to be $33.50 per month – or approximately $1.20 less than the average premium in 2017 – the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services announced last week. The projection is based on bids submitted by drug... read more

Topic: Access and Coverage
Tag: drug prices

Hospitals add 7,300 jobs in July

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Employment at the nation's hospitals rose by 0.14% in July to a seasonally adjusted 5,119,400 people, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reported Friday. That's 7,300 more people than in June and 87,300 more than a year ago. Without the seasonal adjustment, which removes the effect of fluctuations due to... read more

Topic: Quality and Patient Safety
Tag: workforce

Map shows state trends in opioid-related hospital stays

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The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality has released a map showing state trends and variation in opioid-related hospital stays between 2009 and 2014. According to a recent AHRQ report, opioid-related hospital stays increased 75% for women and 55% for men between 2005 and 2014, while opioid-related... read more

Topic: Quality and Patient Safety
Tag: opioids

CMS extends FL Medicaid demonstration waiver

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The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services last week extended Florida’s Managed Medical Assistance section 1115 demonstration waiver through 2022. It allows the state to operate a capitated Medicaid managed care program and low-income pool to provide continuing support for safety-net providers that... read more

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Tag: Medicaid

Organizations alerted to imaging, printer cyber vulnerabilities

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Siemens has identified four vulnerabilities in molecular imaging products running Windows 7 that could allow an attacker to remotely execute arbitrary code, the Department of Homeland Security said in an advisory today. Siemens is preparing updates for the affected products, and DHS recommends that... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tag: Cybersecurity

Senate passes FDA Reauthorization Act

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The Senate yesterday voted 94-1 to approve the FDA Reauthorization Act (H.R. 2430), sending the legislation to the president for his signature. The bill reauthorizes and amends four FDA user fee programs under which companies that develop drugs and medical devices partially pay for premarket review of... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: regulation, opioids, drug prices

VA rolling out mobile telehealth, appointment apps

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The Department of Veterans Affairs is rolling out to all VA facilities a telehealth application that securely connects veterans and their health care providers from any mobile or web-based device, President Trump and VA Secretary David Shulkin, M.D., announced yesterday at a VA telehealth event. “This... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: regulation, Telehealth

CDC awards $200 million to fight infectious diseases

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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention today awarded more than $200 million to help states, cities, counties and territories prevent, detect and respond to infectious diseases. The funds include $77 million to help state health departments fight antibiotic-resistance threats and enhance the CDC’s... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: preparedness, resource use, Zika

Senate confirms surgeon general, HHS assistant secretaries

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The Senate yesterday approved President Trump’s nominees to serve as surgeon general and three assistant secretaries at the Department of Health and Human Services. Jerome Adams, M.D., will serve as surgeon general; Elinore McCance-Katz, M.D., as the first HHS assistant secretary for mental health and... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: population health, leadership, Mental health, Behavioral health

CMS accepting 2017 QPP hardship exception applications

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The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services yesterday began accepting applications for 2017 hardship exceptions to the Quality Payment Program’s Advancing Care Information performance category. Clinicians eligible to participate in the QPP’s Merit-based Incentive Payment System may apply for hardship... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: quality, physicians, EHRs, Electronic Health Records, nurses

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