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WATCH: Warren fiercely grills Trump pick Price for pushing bills that would benefit his stocks

10 hours agoNews : The Raw Story

In a contentious hearing Wednesday, Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) grilled Rep. Tom Price (R-GA) — Donald Trump’s nominee for Health and Human Services secretary — over his proposal to cut  to cut funding for Medicare and Medicaid, as well as his introduction of legislation that...

Sen. Warren Clashes With Tom Price Over His Refusal To Answer Funding Questions On Medicare, Medicaid

Sen. Elizabeth Warren and Rep. Tom Price got into a heated exchange during his confirmation hearing for Health and Human Services Secretary, when he refused to say whether he'll cut funding for Medicare and Medicaid. A frustrated Senator Warren asked Rep. Show More Summary

New 2017 Part D Enrollment Data: Walgreens and Walmart Trounce CVS in Preferred Networks

Just-released data from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) confirms that preferred cost sharing networks will continue to dominate Medicare Part D. Our exclusive analysis finds that for 2017, 73% of seniors are enrolled in Prescription Drug Plans (PDPs) with preferred pharmacy networks. Show More Summary

Inspectors found deficiencies at Theranos' Arizona lab just days before the company closed all of its labs

Before it closed its Arizona lab, Theranos failed an inspection that the company hadn't disclosed. The Wall Street Journal reports that the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, the government agency responsible for regulatingShow More Summary

CGM Devices on Path for Medicare Coverage

Continuous Glucose Monitors (CGM) have now been recognized by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) as durable medical equipment, effectively allowing coverage of CGM for patients enrolled in Medicare. Before this, CGM users on Medicare had to pay out-of-pocket for the costly device or not use it at all. CGMs are wearable devices that provide […]

Fundamental Reform of Medicaid Will Require a Return of Authority to States

President-elect Trump and his Health and Human Services Secretary nominee Tom Price will bring new leadership and opportunity to enact fundamental reforms to healthcare in the United States. Governors and state legislators are nearly...Show More Summary

A Bird’s Eye View from the Penalty Box

By NIRAN AL-AGBRA, MD The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) EHR Incentive Program—also known as Meaningful Use (MU)—initially provided incentives to accelerate the adoption of electronic health records (EHRs) to meet certified program  requirements.  Many physicians were mandated to change over to electronic records at the cost of tens of thousands of dollars. 

Despite the looming threat of repeal, more people than ever are signing up for Obamacare

11.54 million have signed up for plans through the Affordable Care Act's (ACA), better known as Obamacare, marketplaces so far this open enrollment season, according to the Centers of Medicare and Medicaid Services. According to CMS,...Show More Summary

Sylvia Mathews Burwell, who shepherded Obamacare, talks about its uncertain future

As secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services for the past two and a half years, Sylvia Mathews Burwell has overseen the Affordable Care Act, Medicare and Medicaid, the Food and Drug Administration and a wide range of social services from Head Start to family assistance programs. In a conversation with Tom Fox, […]

Planned Parenthood Sues to Stop Texas Cutting it from Medicaid

Planned Parenthood sues to stop Texas from cutting it from receiving Medicaid funds for health care services. Planned Parenthood Sues to Stop Texas Cutting it from Medicaid is a post from Mommyish - Parenting Imperfect.

NPR: 'The future of Medicaid may be found in Indiana, where the poor pay'

Seema Verma is about to make her mark on Medicaid as Trump's choice to head the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. She's not new to overhauling such a system, which is exactly what she did in Indiana as a consultant who was paid almost $5 million in four years to implement a new program there. Show More Summary

How to cover the looming war over Medicaid

In the batch of stories appearing after Indiana healthcare consultant Seema Verma was appointed to head the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, one of the most important health posts in the federal government, a piece in Mother Jones by Stephanie Mencimer got right to the point: “States under Republican control have already provided a good preview of what a GOP...

Texas Moves To Block Medicaid Funding For Planned Parenthood

4 weeks agoNews : Huffington Post

Texas officials said they will block the women’s health care provider Planned Parenthood from Medicaid funding in 30 days, fulfilling a threat made more than a year ago. The move, announced Tuesday by a state Health and Human Services...Show More Summary

Planned Parenthood Blocked From Medicaid Funding In Texas

The Texas Health and Human Services Commission has issued an official notice terminating Planned Parenthood's enrollment in Medicaid.

Texas begins $350 million Medicaid cuts — and feds say it will be ‘devastating’ for disabled kids

last monthNews : The Raw Story

The state of Texas this week reportedly began implementing $350 million in Medicaid cuts, which federal agencies have warned will be “devastating” to services provided to disabled children. KXAS reported on Sunday that the $350 million in cuts to Medicaid program passed by the...

Rheumatology community applauds CMS's decision to scrap Part B payment demo

(American College of Rheumatology) The American College of Rheumatology today applauded the decision from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) not to go forward with the agency's controversial Part B payment proposal, noting that the hard-fought outcome is good news for rheumatology patients who rely on Medicare Part B to access life-saving biologic therapies.

New York Medicaid to Cover More Transgender Services

Medicaid plans in New York State will now cover reassignment surgery and make hormone therapy available to those under 18.

Top health official takes down Trump's Medicaid proposal in Crain's interview

In a phone interview with Crain’s Thursday, Andy Slavitt, the acting administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, mostly took a wait-and-see attitude when asked about the... To view the full story, click the title link.

Seema Verma and Medicaid

Seema Verma is the projected next head of the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS).  She is a perfectly plausible nominee with views that I will seldom agree with.  She is the consultant that led to Indiana to develop the HIP V.1 health savings account based Medicaid build-out that was tweaked to become HIP […]

Nurses To Trump: Health Coverage Must Include 'Essential Benefits Package'

The American Nurses Association says Donald Trump and the Republican Congress need to expand Medicaid to more Americans and maintain the Affordable Care Act's access to a “standard package of essential health care services.”

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