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A three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit in a 2-1 ruling issued Wednesday struck down the ...
12/19/2019
Yes, federal judges just struck down part of the ACA. Here's why stakeholders shouldn't panic—yet.

A three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit in a 2-1 ruling issued Wednesday struck down the Affordable Care Act's individual mandate as unconstitutional, but left the rest of the law intact—at least for now. Here's what you need to know.

Topics: Health Care Reform, Insurance, Exchanges, Health Plans/Insurance Companies, Medicaid, Politics and Policy, Federal Government, Health Care Legislation, Regulatory, Finance, Payments and Reimbursement, Payment Reform, State Government, Providers, Legal Issues

The Senate yesterday voted 72-18 to confirm President Trump's nomination of Stephen Hahn to serve as FDA commissioner.Ge...
12/13/2019
Senate confirms Stephen Hahn as FDA commissioner

The Senate yesterday voted 72-18 to confirm President Trump's nomination of Stephen Hahn to serve as FDA commissioner.

Get details on the vote and news on legislation intended to lower prescription drug prices, Medicaid work requirements, dying at home, and more in today's FIRST LOOK!

The Senate yesterday voted 72-18 to confirm President Trump's nomination of Stephen Hahn to serve as FDA commissioner. Hahn, who most recently served as CMO of MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, will be FDA's first permanent leader since April, when former FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb left the...

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services yesterday announced that 1,005,673 people signed up for federal exchange ...
12/12/2019
2019 exchange plan enrollment lags behind last year, CMS data shows

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services yesterday announced that 1,005,673 people signed up for federal exchange plans during week six of the Affordable Care Act's current open enrollment period, which is scheduled to close on Sunday—and total signups so far this year are down by 6% when compared with the same point during last year's open enrollment period.

Get details on exchange plan enrollment and news on House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's (D-Calif.) drug pricing bill, e-cigarettes, health insurers, and more in today's FIRST LOOK!

CMS yesterday announced that 1,005,673 signed up for federal exchange plans during week six of the Affordable Care Act's (ACA) current open enrollment period, which is scheduled to close on Sunday—and total signups so far this year are down by 6% when compared with the same point during last year'...

Doximity yesterday released its 2019 U.S. Physicians Employment Report, which shows the highest paid and most in-demand ...
12/11/2019
Doximity releases 2019 report on physician pay, demand

Doximity yesterday released its 2019 U.S. Physicians Employment Report, which shows the highest paid and most in-demand physician specialties of 2019.

Get details on the report and news on health care costs, a new trade deal, cancer risk, and more in today's FIRST LOOK!

Doximity yesterday released its 2019 U.S. Physicians Employment Report, which shows the highest paid and most in-demand physician specialties of 2019. When examining compensation by specialty, researchers found neurosurgeons were the highest paid physician specialists in 2019. (Source: FierceHealthc...

Vermont is the healthiest U.S. state, according to the United Health Foundation's latest America's Health Rankings repor...
12/09/2019
Vermont tops UHF's latest America's Health Rankings report

Vermont is the healthiest U.S. state, according to the United Health Foundation's latest America's Health Rankings report.

Get details on the report and news on a vaping-linked illness, so-called "surprise" medical bills, youth tobacco use, and more in today's FIRST LOOK!

Vermont is the healthiest U.S. state, according to the United Health Foundation's latest America's Health Rankings report. Vermont unseated Hawaii, which ranked as the healthiest state in last year's rankings. (Source: The Journal News, 12/5)

U.S. health care spending rose by 4.6% from 2017 to 2018, reaching $3.65 trillion, according to data from the Centers fo...
12/06/2019
US health spending reached $3.65T in 2018, CMS data shows

U.S. health care spending rose by 4.6% from 2017 to 2018, reaching $3.65 trillion, according to data from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services published yesterday in Health Affairs.

Get details on the data and news on Forbes' "30 Under 30 in Healthcare" list, SNAP benefits, Medicaid work requirements, and more in today's FIRST LOOK!

U.S. health care spending rose by 4.6% from 2017 to 2018, reaching $3.65 trillion, according to CMS data published yesterday in Health Affairs. However, CMS in a release noted that growth rate was lower than the 5.4% growth in the nation's gross domestic product from 2017 to 2018 and, as such, the s...

The American Hospital Association and other industry groups yesterday filed a lawsuit seeking to block a final rule that...
12/05/2019
Hospitals sue to block Trump admin's price transparency rule

The American Hospital Association and other industry groups yesterday filed a lawsuit seeking to block a final rule that will require all hospitals operating in the United States to publish the negotiated prices they reach with insurers for health care services.

Get details on the lawsuit and news on the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' new PrEP program, Pete Buttigieg's plan to address health care disparities, the Affordable Care Act, and more in today's FIRST LOOK!

The American Hospital Association and other industry groups yesterday filed a lawsuit seeking to block a final rule that will require all hospitals operating in the United States to publish the negotiated prices they reach with insurers for health care services. The lawsuit argues that the final rul...

More doctors are turning to YouTube to fill gaps in their training before certain medical procedures.Get details on the ...
12/04/2019
Doctors turn to YouTube to fill gaps in medical training

More doctors are turning to YouTube to fill gaps in their training before certain medical procedures.

Get details on the trend and news on Outcome Health, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, Vermont's plan to import prescription drugs, and more in today's FIRST LOOK!

More doctors are turning to YouTube to fill gaps in their training before certain medical procedures. However, research has found that some of the videos are not medically sound. (Source: CNBC, 11/24)

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration in a Consumer Update revised last week raised new safety concerns about products c...
12/03/2019
FDA raises new concerns, warnings about CBD

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration in a Consumer Update revised last week raised new safety concerns about products containing cannabidiol, particularly CBD-containing foods.

Get details on the update and news on a ransomware attack affecting nursing homes, Massachusetts' new restrictions on flavored tobacco products, influenza, and more in today's FIRST LOOK!

FDA in a Consumer Update revised last week raised new safety concerns about products containing cannabidiol (CBD), particularly CBD-containing foods. In addition, FDA last week sent warning letters to 15 companies the agency said are illegally marketing CBD products. (Source: Forbes, 11/30)

TIME recently released its list of the 100 Best Inventions of 2019 based on factors including creativity, effectiveness,...
12/02/2019
Health care inventions make TIME's 2019 'best' inventions list

TIME recently released its list of the 100 Best Inventions of 2019 based on factors including creativity, effectiveness, influence, and originality—and 25 of those inventions have implications for health care.

Get details on the list and news on U.S. life expectancy, the Affordable Care Act, the U.S. opioid epidemic, and more in today's FIRST LOOK!

TIME recently released its list of the 100 Best Inventions of 2019 based on factors including creativity, effectiveness, influence, and originality—and 25 of those inventions have implications for health care. The list includes inventions that monitor indoor air quality, patient safety, blood pres...

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services earlier this year updated the Medicare Plan Finder tool for the first tim...
11/27/2019
Issues with revamped Medicare Plan Finder could cost beneficiaries, users say

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services earlier this year updated the Medicare Plan Finder tool for the first time in a decade, but users are reporting various issues with the revamped tool.

Get details on the issues and news on the vaping-linked illness, flu season, the Primary Care First alternative payment model, and more in today's FIRST LOOK!

CMS earlier this year updated the Medicare Plan Finder tool for the first time in a decade, but users are reporting various issues with the revamped tool. Consumer advocates, Medicare advisers, and other users and observers in recent months have reported problems including technical malfunctions and...

CDC once again is warning U.S. residents that their romaine lettuce might contain E. coli, noting that 40 cases of E. co...
11/26/2019
CDC: There's another E. coli outbreak tied to romaine lettuce

CDC once again is warning U.S. residents that their romaine lettuce might contain E. coli, noting that 40 cases of E. coli infection tied to romaine lettuce have been reported across 16 states.

Get details on the warning and news on nurse practitioners' salaries, Brigham Young University-Idaho, Medicaid work requirements, and more in today's FIRST LOOK!

CDC once again is warning U.S. residents that their romaine lettuce might contain E. coli, noting that 40 cases of E. coli infection tied to romaine lettuce have been reported across 16 states. Robert Tauxe—director of CDC's Division of Foodborne, Waterborne, and Environmental Diseases—said, "He...

President Trump last night signed into law a stopgap spending bill that averts a government shutdown by funding the fede...
11/22/2019
Trump signs bill to temporarily avert government shut down, fund health programs

President Trump last night signed into law a stopgap spending bill that averts a government shutdown by funding the federal government, including various health programs, through Dec. 20.

Get details on the bill and news on mental health coverage, Medicaid block grants, hospital star ratings, and more in today's FIRST LOOK!

President Trump last night signed into law a stopgap spending bill that averts a government shutdown by funding the federal government, including various health programs, through Dec. 20. The measure also delays $4 billion in planned cuts to Medicaid disproportionate-share hospital payments through....

Stephen Hahn, President Trump's nominee for FDA commissioner, yesterday faced questions from lawmakers on the Senate Hea...
11/21/2019
Senators question Trump's FDA nominee on drug prices, e-cigarettes, and more

Stephen Hahn, President Trump's nominee for FDA commissioner, yesterday faced questions from lawmakers on the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee regarding drug shortages and prices, e-cigarette use, and more.

Get details on yesterday's committee hearing and news on nursing homes, federal exchange signups, millennial caregivers, and more in today's FIRST LOOK!

Stephen Hahn, President Trump's nominee for FDA commissioner, yesterday faced questions from lawmakers on the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee regarding drug shortages and prices, e-cigarette use, and more. Hahn said he would work with Congress and federal regulators to mitigat...

The House yesterday voted 231-192 to approve a continuing resolution that would fund the federal government through Dec....
11/20/2019
House passes short-term spending bill with health program funding

The House yesterday voted 231-192 to approve a continuing resolution that would fund the federal government through Dec. 20 and includes short-term funding extensions for several health care programs.

Get details on the bill and news on flu shots, President Trump, new legislation aimed at lowering prescription drug prices, and more in today's FIRST LOOK!

The House yesterday voted 231-192 to approve a continuing resolution that would fund the federal government through Dec. 20 and includes short-term funding extensions for several health care programs. The bill, which now heads to the Senate, also would delay $4 billion in planned cuts to Medicaid di...

Millennials are experiencing chronic health issues at greater rates than previous generations, according to a report rel...
11/19/2019
Millennials have worse health—and it could affect their economic potential, report finds

Millennials are experiencing chronic health issues at greater rates than previous generations, according to a report released this month by Moody's and the Blue Cross Blue Shield Association.

Get details on the report and news on the Trump administration's price transparency rules, a proposed ban on flavored e-cigarette sales, cardiac care, and more in today's FIRST LOOK!

Millennials are experiencing chronic health issues at greater rates than previous generations, according to a report released this month by Moody's and the Blue Cross Blue Shield Association. The report noted that higher rates of chronic conditions could have a significant effect on millennials' eco...

TIME last week released its first TIME 100 Next list, naming the 100 "rising stars who are shaping the future of busines...
11/18/2019
TIME recognizes 13 'rising stars' in health care

TIME last week released its first TIME 100 Next list, naming the 100 "rising stars who are shaping the future of business, entertainment, sports, politics, science, health, and more."

Get details on the list and news on cigarette smoking, drugmakers, nurses, and more in today's FIRST LOOK!

TIME last week released its first TIME 100 Next list, naming the 100 "rising stars who are shaping the future of business, entertainment, sports, politics, science, health, and more." Of the 100 "rising stars," the list recognized 13 for their health-care related work. (Source: TIME, 11/13)

Harvard Business Review recently released its annual ranking of the 100 "Best-Performing CEOs in the World," and the lis...
11/15/2019
The 'best-performing' health care CEOs, according to HBR

Harvard Business Review recently released its annual ranking of the 100 "Best-Performing CEOs in the World," and the list includes nine CEOs in the health care industry.

Get details on the list and news on Former Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick (D), Apple, superbug infections, and more in today's FIRST LOOK!

Harvard Business Review recently released its annual ranking of the 100 "Best-Performing CEOs in the World," and the list includes nine CEOs in the health care industry. Health care CEOs who made the list lead companies in the pharmaceutical, life sciences, and other health-related sectors. (Source:...

About 34 million U.S. adults, or 13% of Americans, know a friend or family member who died in the past five years becaus...
11/14/2019
34M Americans know someone who died because they couldn't afford care, poll finds

About 34 million U.S. adults, or 13% of Americans, know a friend or family member who died in the past five years because he or she could not afford their medical treatment or medication, according to a Gallup poll published this week.

Get details on the poll and news on nurses' salaries, a vaping-linked lung illness, the Affordable Care Act, and more in today's FIRST LOOK!

About 34 million U.S. adults, or 13% of Americans, know a friend or family member who died in the past five years because he or she could not afford their medical treatment or medication, according to a Gallup poll published this week. Dan Witters, research director of the Gallup-Sharecare Well-Bein...

U.S. residents are citing health care, mass shootings, and the presidential election as significant sources of stress, a...
11/13/2019
US residents are stressed about health care, new survey shows

U.S. residents are citing health care, mass shootings, and the presidential election as significant sources of stress, according to the American Psychological Association's Stress in America survey released last week.

Get details on the survey and news on Google and Ascension, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, air ambulance bills, and more in today's FIRST LOOK!

U.S. residents are citing health care, mass shootings, and the presidential election as significant sources of stress, according to the American Psychological Association's Stress in America survey released last week. Overall, the survey found U.S. residents' "stress levels have not changed signific...

The Leapfrog Group Group last week released its Fall Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grades, giving about one-third of hospital...
11/12/2019
Leapfrog grades 40% of hospitals at 'C' or lower for safety

The Leapfrog Group Group last week released its Fall Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grades, giving about one-third of hospitals an "A," but giving more than 40% of hospitals a "C" or lower.

Get details on the grades and news on preventable deaths, Medicare premiums, the flu, and more in today's FIRST LOOK!

The Leapfrog Group last week released its Fall Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grades, giving about one-third of hospitals an "A," but giving more than 40% of hospitals a "C" or lower. Leapfrog also published an infographic that looked at the rates of avoidable deaths at hospitals for each grade. (Source:....

CDC last week announced a "breakthrough" in its investigation into what might be causing a lung illness linked to e-ciga...
11/11/2019
CDC announces 'breakthrough' on vaping-linked lung illness

CDC last week announced a "breakthrough" in its investigation into what might be causing a lung illness linked to e-cigarette use and vaping.

Get details on the announcement and news on Kaiser Permanente, genetic databases, the Affordable Care Act, and more in today's FIRST LOOK!

CDC last week announced a "breakthrough" in its investigation into what might be causing a lung illness linked to e-cigarette use and vaping. Tests have detected vitamin E acetate in all samples of lung fluid from 29 patients who were hospitalized after vaping, making the chemical compound "a potent...

The United States has seen decreases in life expectancy and increases in obesity and drug overdose rates, as well as ste...
11/08/2019
CDC report spotlights the state of health in the US

The United States has seen decreases in life expectancy and increases in obesity and drug overdose rates, as well as steadily increasing overall health care costs, according to a recent report from CDC's National Center for Health Statistics that spotlights the state of health in the country.

Get details on the report and news on so-called "conscience protections" for health care professionals, Gilead Sciences, childhood trauma, and more in today's FIRST LOOK!

The United States has seen decreases in life expectancy and increases in obesity and drug overdose rates, as well as steadily increasing overall health care costs, according to a recent report from CDC's National Center for Health Statistics that spotlights the state of health in the country. For ex...

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services yesterday announced that 177,082 people signed up for federal exchange pl...
11/07/2019
More than 177K signed up for federal exchange plans in first week, CMS says

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services yesterday announced that 177,082 people signed up for federal exchange plans during the first week of the Affordable Care Act's current open enrollment period, which spanned just two days, Nov. 1 and Nov. 2.

Get details on the sign ups and news on association health plans, biomedical research, e-cigarettes, and more in today's FIRST LOOK!

CMS yesterday announced that 177,082 people signed up for federal exchange plans during the first week of the Affordable Care Act's current open enrollment period, which spanned just two days, Nov. 1 and Nov. 2. CMS noted that HealthCare.gov experienced some technical glitches on the first day of op...

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