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February 26, 2020
Drug Companies Stall on Generic Drug Releases
The U.S. Food & Drug Administration has approved generic versions of pharmaceutical products at a record-setting pace since 2016, but few of the newly certified products are available to patients, according to an analysis by Iqvia.
Health Care
February 25, 2020
New England Journal Study Questions Merits of Hospital Mergers
The national debate over the benefits of hospital mergers flared up anew over a new study showing the growing trend of consolidation has led to “moderately worse patient experiences and no significant change in readmission or mortality rates.”
Health Care
February 24, 2020
Psychiatric Urgent Care Exceeds Expectations, Says Hospital
One of the nation’s first psychiatric urgent care centers has attracted nearly 3,000 patients since it opened six months ago, according its operator, Pine Rest Christian Mental Health Services, in Grand Rapids, Michigan.
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Health Care
February 21, 2020
West Virginia Takes Step Approach at CON Repeal
The West Virginia House of Delegates passed a bill that eliminates a $1,000 fee charge that is most often refunded when seeking Certificate of Need (CON) approval.
Health Care
February 20, 2020
HHS Urged to Update HIPAA to Protect Patient Medical Records
The data sharing deal between Google and Ascension Health raises patient privacy concerns.
Health Care
February 19, 2020
Physician Group Sues Adam Schiff for Attempting to Censure Vaccine Debate
The Association of American Physicians and Surgeons (AAPS) and a New York state resident are suing U.S. Rep. Adam Schiff (D-California) for trying to suppress what he deems “inaccurate” vaccine information on the internet.

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Health Care
February 12, 2020
By AnneMarie Schieber
Air transport is the one service you hope you never need, but when you do, you thank God it is there
February 12, 2020
By Kelsey Hackem
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) is finalizing rules for a mandatory payment model meant to improve kidney care and reduce costs.
February 12, 2020
By Christina Herrin
There is no question that a means testing regime ought to be in place, but by what standards and who makes that determination is what must be reexamined and changed.
February 11, 2020
By Madeline Peltzer
Young physicians are increasingly aligning with left-of-center political viewpoints, according to results of a recent survey by BMJ, an international medical journal.
February 10, 2020
By Clifford Thies
A few years ago, it was ebola. Today, the coronavirus. Tomorrow, because of mutation, it will be something else.
February 10, 2020
By AnneMarie Schieber
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) denied Wyoming’s request to expand Medicaid so it can control the price and distribution of its air ambulance service.
February 10, 2020
By Billy Aouste
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February 10, 2020
By AnneMarie Schieber
Health and Human Services (HHS) Deputy Director Eric Hargan says his agency is trying to eliminate regulatory barriers to health care in a way that would improve delivery and maintain “safeguards to patients.”
February 7, 2020
Kansas Gov. Laura Kelly (D) and Republican State Senate Majority Leader Jim Denning (R- District 8) announced a compromise proposal that would expand Medicaid to 150,000 Kansans, a step towards Kelly’s campaign promise to expand Medicaid eligibility in th
February 6, 2020
By Jesse Hathaway
The federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) approved a work requirement for enrollees in the state’s expanded Medicaid program.