National Healthcare News

Obama administration moves to strengthen nursing home oversight
Jul 13 Modern Healthcare

New Regulations Would Require Modernizing Nursing Home Care
July 13 KHN

Celebrating 50 years of Medicare, Medicaid
Jul 12 Star-Advertiser

CMS will modify—not scrap—’two-midnight’ rule
July 1 Modern Healthcare

Same-sex marriage ruling puts health benefits in spotlight
June 26 Modern Healthcare

High Court Upholds Health Law Subsidies
June 25 Kaiser Health News

Two states win approval for ObamaCare backup plans
June 15 The Hill

2 South Korean hospitals shut over MERS fears; 11th person dies
June 12 Modern Healthcare

Loss of ACA subsidies would hurt some insurers more than others
June 12 Modern Healthcare

House votes to remove Medicare cuts from trade bill
June 11 McKnight’s

What’s At Stake When The Supreme Court Rules On Health Plan Subsidies
June 8 KHN

States zero in on ObamaCare rescue plan
June 8 The Hill

Private Medicaid plans face sweeping new regulations under CMS proposal
May 26 Modern Healthcare

New Cures, Old Problems: Poll Shows Drug Affordability Addles Americans
May 21 Morning Consult

Medical cures bill unanimously passes House panel
May 21 The Hill

Hospitals Urge Congress not to Change a Drug Discount Program
May 20 The Wall Street Journal

Providers fuming after MedPAC calls for cancellation of Medicare pay raise
May 20 McKnight’s

New rating looks at hospital performance on high-volume procedures
May 20 Modern Healthcare

CBO’s new scoring policy could affect federal healthcare programs
May 19 Modern Healthcare

Tittle named new NCAL leader, Kyllo to VP post at AHCA/NCAL
May 17 McKnight’s

As rural hospitals struggle, solutions sought to preserve healthcare access
May 16 Modern Healthcare

House panel easily approves bill to speed medical cures
May 14 The Hill

Industry advocates hint new ‘threat’ in trade bill
May 13 McKnight’s

HHS: Insurers must cover all birth control
May 11 The Hill

House Dems: Repeal medical device tax by Memorial Day
May 11 The Hill

Small group of Medicaid patients account for a large part of program costs
May 11 Modern Healthcare

Getting the data stream flowing: Hospitals want monitoring devices and EHRs to communicate
May 9 Modern Healthcare

Fee-for-service still consumes most Medicare outlays: Report
May 6 McKnight’s

HIPAA audits to resume soon
April 29 McKnight’s

U.S. top court says medical providers can’t sue states over Medicaid funding
March 31 Reuters

Senate punts on ‘doc fix’; passage expected after spring break
March 27 Modern Healthcare

Senate panels pass dispensary bill
Hawaii’s medical marijuana patients could see outlets as early as next year
March 27 Star-Advertiser

Even In Nursing, Men Earn More Than Women
March 24 NPR

Hospitals bless ‘doc fix’ deal, but approval still dicey
March 24 Modern Healthcare

Bipartisan Deal on Health Care Issues Hits a Snag Among Senate Democrats
March 24 NY Times

Many Doctors Who Diagnose Alzheimer’s Fail To Tell The Patient
March 24 NPR

Congressional ire grows over delays, rising costs for VA hospitals
March 24 Modern Healthcare

VA says it will relax 40-mile rule for private medical care
March 24 The Kansas City Star

States That Expand Medicaid Detect More Cases Of Diabetes
March 23 NPR

FAQ: What’s In The House’s Proposal To Fix Medicare’s Payments To Doctors
March 23 KHN

Reimburse doctors for helping patients plan end of life care, experts say
March 23 Reuters

Boehner eyes ‘doc fix’ breakthrough
March 23 The Hill

Congress gets tough on EHR interoperability
March 22 McKnight’s

Six things that could kill the SGR fix
March 21 Modern Healthcare

Hot zones / dead zones: Local factors produce patchy national shift to ACOs
March 21 Modern Healthcare

Video | 2015 Health Care Hall of Fame inductee Dr. Charles LeMaistre
March 20 Modern Healthcare

Video | 2015 Health Care Hall of Fame inductee Jack Bovender
March 20 Modern Healthcare

U.S. abortion politics snag effort to fix doctors’ Medicare pay
March 20 Reuters

CMS issues draft Stage 3 rules for EHR incentive program
March 20 Modern Healthcare

2015 is already the year of the health-care hack — and it’s only going to get worse.
March 20 The Washington Post

Leaders increasingly optimistic they’ll strike Medicare deal
March 19 The Hill

House, Senate leaders unveil permanent ‘doc fix’ bills
March 19 Modern Healthcare

Blue Shield’s lost tax exemption shines spotlight on not-for-profits
March 18 Modern Healthcare

Clinical-data theft could prove problematic for Premera
March 18 Modern Healthcare

Inspector General blasts agency for ignoring ZPIC scrutiny
March 18 McKnight’s

House unanimously passes ‘observation status’ bill
March 17 McKnight’s

House leaders work on $213B plan on doc Medicare payments
March 17 AP

Hospitals seek extension of moratorium on ‘two midnights’ enforcement
March 17 Modern Healthcare

OIG presses CMS to cut hospital outpatient payments for low-risk surgeries
March 17 Modern Healthcare

Bill would encourage more veterans’ LTC admissions
March 16 McKnight’s

House Republican Budget Overhauls Medicare and Repeals the Health Law
March 16 NY Times

Male-female pay disparities abound in healthcare professions
March 16 Modern Healthcare

Hurdles surface, but optimism remains for permanent ‘doc fix’
March 16 Modern Healthcare

Inviting Patients To Help Decide Their Own Treatment
March 16 KHN

House leaders close in on $200B Medicare deal
March 16 The Hill

Congress mulls Medicaid-Medicare pay parity, and end of ‘doc fixes’
March 15 McKnight’s

10 U.S. charity staff to leave Sierra Leone amid Ebola scare
March 15 Modern Healthcare

Will new Medicare ACO model enable providers to truly manage care?
March 14 Modern Healthcare

Emerging ‘doc fix’ deal includes only a partial cost offset
March 13 Modern Healthcare

Therapy payment bills supported during AHCA/NCAL fly-in
March 12 McKnight’s

Momentum building in Congress for $174 billion Medicare fix
March 12 The Hill

Medicare accountable care a ‘learning effort’: Burwell
March 12 Modern Healthcare

Federal court keeps Medicare RAC program mired in limbo
March 12 Modern Healthcare

Mental Health Providers Look For Federal Incentives To Go Digital, Too
March 11 KHN

House mulling permanent Medicare payment formula change
March 11 The Hill

Upcoming ACO model to have positive post-acute impact, CMS official says
March 11 McKnight’s

New EHR bills would improve interoperability
March 11 McKnight’s

Companion bills target ‘unfair’ hospital readmission policies
March 11 McKnight’s

MedPAC looks to discourage short stays, but sidesteps two-midnight rule
March 10 Modern Healthcare

Hundreds Of Hospitals Struggle To Improve Patient Satisfaction
March 10 KHN

2014 senior housing prices hit record highs
March 10 McKnight’s

Budget Office Again Reduces Its Estimate on Cost of the Affordable Care Act
March 9 NY Times

Supreme Court orders another look at birth control coverage case
March 9 Modern Healthcare

State, federal health exchange enrollment nears 11.7M
March 9 USA Today

Obamacare, Private Medicare Plans Must Keep Updated Doctor Directories In 2016
March 9 KHN

Non-interoperable directives: End-of-life wishes and EHRs don’t yet mesh
March 7 Modern Healthcare

Hospital staff injuries will go public with OSHA rule
March 7 Modern Healthcare

F.D.A. Approves Zarxio, Its First Biosimilar Drug
March 6 NY Times

Another patch looks inevitable as ‘doc fix’ deadline nears
March 6 Modern Healthcare

Sharing Patient Records Is Still A Digital Dilemma For Doctors
March 6 NPR

Last Known Ebola Patient in Liberia Is Discharged
March 5 NY Times

Bill to repeal Medicare payment panel reintroduced in Congress
March 5 McKnight’s

Surprises And Standing: Breaking Down Today’s Supreme Court Arguments
March 4 KHN

Health Law Arguments Offer Few Clues About Supreme Court Decision
March 4 KHN

Key justices hard to read in King v. Burwell arguments
March 4 Modern Healthcare

Information on drug supply shortages? There’s an FDA app for that
March 4 Modern Healthcare

Supreme Court Appears Sharply Split in Case on Health Law
March 4 NY Times

Caregiving in U.S. to be focus of new congressional caucus
March 3 Washington Post

What’s At Stake As Health Law Lands At Supreme Court Again
March 3 KHN

‘Extreme’ disagreement seen across hospital ratings sites
March 2 Modern Healthcare

House passes veterans health care bill
March 2 The Hill

‘Observation status’ provision under further review
Feb 27 McKnight’s

A milestone year
Feb 27 Insurancenewsnet

For Many Middle-Class Taxpayers On Obamacare, It’s Payback Time
Feb 26 KHN

Veterans propose major changes in VA health care
Feb 26 USA Today

If fee-for-service is a problem, what’s the solution?
Feb 25 Modern Healthcare

Survey: Uninsured Rate Hit New Low in 2014
Feb 24 NY Times

Fancy Flourishes At Hospitals Don’t Impress Patients, Study Finds
Feb 24 KHN

Medicare may penalize Advantage plans for faulty provider lists
Feb 23 Modern Healthcare

Obama delivers plea for Medicaid expansion
Feb 23 The Hill

Obama Administration Disallows Plans Without Hospital Coverage
Feb 23 KHN

Health Insurers Face 0.9 Percent Medicare Advantage Rate Cut
Feb 21 Bloomberg

UCLA superbug: Outbreak ‘not a threat to public health,’ officials say
Feb 20 LA Times

Feds grant another ACA deadline extension
Feb 20 USA Today

CMS pitches 1.1% boost to Medicare Advantage payments
Feb 20 Modern Healthcare

Obama pressured to re-open ObamaCare
Feb 19 The Hill

RAC groups battle provider plea for short-stay payment relief
Feb 19 McKnight’s

In The Medicare Bonus Round, The Winners Are…Small, Specialty Hospitals!
Feb 19 KHN

Staffing crisis looms if home-care wages don’t rise, advocates say
Feb 18 Modern Healthcare

Here’s a first: January hospital prices lower than a year ago
Feb 18 Modern Healthcare

Enrollment extension decision potentially two weeks away, Burwell says
Feb 18 Modern Healthcare

CMS delays repayment final rule a year
Feb 18 McKnight’s

Obama Cites Health Plan Tally of 11.4 Million
Feb 17 NY Times

CMS Revising Nursing Home Compare Rating System
Feb 17 California Healthline

Website glitches extend Obamacare enrollment
Feb 16 Politico

Hospitals say Medicare underpaid by more than $3 billion
Feb 13 Modern Healthcare

O-Care fans: SCOTUS case ‘unraveling’
Feb 13 The Hill

State ombudsman programs must follow federal rules, HHS says
Feb 12 McKnight’s

Hospitals may have improved productivity after all
Feb 11 Modern Healthcare

Patient-safety movement reboots
Feb 11 Modern Healthcare

CMS To Overhaul Five-Star System
Feb 11 Provider Magazine

Survey Finds Low ICD-10 Transition Costs for Small Physician Practices
Feb 11 Health Data Management

Medicare preps for natural disasters, power outages
Feb 6 The Hill

Alzheimer’s costs could soar to $1 trillion a year by 2050, report says
Feb 5 Washington Post

GOP Chairmen Offer Alternative To Health Law
Feb 5 KHN

G.O.P. Lawmakers Propose Alternative to Obamacare
Feb 4 NY Times

FDA seeks faster patient access to experimental drugs
Feb 4 Modern Healthcare

Measles Outbreak Proves Delicate Issue to G.O.P. Field
Feb 2 NY Times

White House budget: HHS includes more money for medical research, food safety, Ebola
Feb 2 Washington Post

Budget Plan Sees Savings in Changes to Medicare
Feb 2 NY Times

White House urges vaccinations amid measles threat
Jan 30 The Hill

Federal health IT coordinator sets 2017 deadline for interoperability
Jan 30 Modern Healthcare

CMS bends on reporting periods for meaningful use
Jan 29 Modern Healthcare

With Half of California’s Kids On Medicaid, Advocates Worry About Service
Jan 29 KHN

Seriously, Steven Brill? Hospitals Make ‘Gluttonous’ Profits?
Jan 28 Forbes

New Model Aims To Bring Assisted Living Into Elementary School
Jan 28 Senior Housing News

The Goal Was Simplicity; Instead, There’s a Many-Headed Medicaid
Jan 28 NY Times

Panel unanimously OKs bill easing employee health care count
Jan 28 AP

O-Care exchanges hit new enrollment record
Jan 27 The Hill

Medicare’s payment reform push draws praise and fears
Jan 26 Modern Healthcare

HHS sets goals for expanding new Medicare payment models
Jan 26 Modern Healthcare

Obama: ACA is key to economic recovery
Jan 20 Modern Healthcare

Justices appear split on lawsuits over low Medicaid rates
Jan 20 Modern Healthcare

‘Assisted Living’ Trumps All Other Senior Housing Search Terms
Jan 20 Senior Housing News

In Colorado, Disparity in Health Plan Prices Underscores Ambitions, and Limits, of Affordable Care Act
Jan 19 NY Times

Healthcare hiring boom will bypass hospitals
Jan 17 Modern Healthcare

Even advanced ACOs struggle to expand model beyond Medicare
Jan 16 Modern Healthcare

Study Disputes Perception That New Beneficiaries Are Fueling Medicare Advantage Growth
Jan 16 KHN

MedPAC calls for cutting inpatient rehab facility payments
Jan 15 Modern Healthcare

High court to hear arguments in battle over Medicaid rates
Jan 15 Modern Healthcare

Hospital prices grow at slowest rate in a decade
Jan 15 Modern Healthcare

Quality measurement is getting out of hand, MedPAC says
Jan 15 McKnight’s

Strength in unity is pharmacies’ motto, and hope
Jan 15 McKnight’s

Study: Fewer struggle with medical costs as coverage grows
Jan 15 AP

Guiding Choice — Ethically Influencing Referrals in ACOs
Jan 15 New England Journal of Medicine

Health-Law Test To Cut Readmissions Lacks Early Results
Jan 14 KHN

Health Overhaul Sign-Ups Edge Higher
Jan 14 NY Times

Provider Advocates Will Support Permanent ‘Doc Fix,’ Vow To Fight Cuts In Short-Term Packages
Jan 12 Provider Magazine

How Obamacare could complicate your tax return
Jan 12 Washington Post

Supreme Court Battle Brewing Over Medicaid Fees
Jan 12 KHN

At least 7.1M signed up for 2015 Obamacare plans so far
Dec 30 Washington Post

CMS Innovation Center has few concrete results to report
Dec 30 Modern Healthcare

More enrollees seeking financial aid in 2015
Dec 30 Modern Healthcare

No health insurance? Penalties to rise in 2015
Dec 30 AP

Report: 4 million actively enroll in health plans
Dec 30 AP/Star Advertiser

Obamacare cuts Medicaid doctor pay 42 percent in 2015. Here’s why.
Dec 30 Vox

Healthcare’s winners and losers for 2014
Dec 30 The Hill

Seniors’ Wait For A Medicare Appeal Is Cut In Half
Dec 23 KHN

CDC chief: ‘World of difference’ in Ebola fight, but complacency a risk
Dec 22 LA Times

Obama Administration to Investigate Insurers for Bias Against Costly Conditions
Dec 22 NY Times

Judge strikes down wage boost for some home workers
Dec 22 AP

Patients Turn to Palliative Care for Relief from Serious Illness
Dec 22 The Wall Street Journal

Feds pitching easy-to-understand insurance plan summaries
Dec 22 Modern Healthcare

89 ACOs will join Medicare Shared Savings Program in January
Dec 22 Modern Healthcare

Medicare To Offer Help To Some Seniors When Advantage Plans Drop Doctors
Dec 22 KHN

Supreme Court to hear King v. Burwell on March 4
Dec 22 Modern Healthcare

2014: The year we finally learned how to talk seriously about dying
Dec 20 The Washington Post

Six Reasons Why Vermont’s Single-Payer Health Plan Was Doomed From The Start
Dec 21 Forbes

ObamaCare sign-ups exceed 1M in states
Dec 19 The Hill

Backlog of Medicare appeals spurs legal battle
Dec 19 The Hill

Senate Narrowly Approves Obama’s Choice For Surgeon General Despite NRA Opposition
Dec 16 KHN

Forbidden Topic in Health Policy Debate: Cost Effectiveness
Dec 15 NY Times

Why Most People Won’t Shop Again for Health Insurance
Dec 11 NY Times

Small parts of spending deal could have long-term healthcare impact
Dec 10 Modern Healthcare traffic spikes as deadline looms
Dec 10 The Hill

Unraveling Obamacare — Can Congress and the Supreme Court Undo Health Care Reform?
Dec 10 New England Journal of Medicine

Insurers in New York Must Cover Gender Reassignment Surgery, Cuomo Says
Dec 10 NY Times

Health panel blasts ‘out of control’ federal spending
Dec 9 The Hill

Job health insurance costs rising faster than wages
Dec 9 CNBC

TIME 2014 Person of the Year: The Ebola Fighters
December TIME Magazine

ObamaCare sees 1.5M applicants in two weeks
Dec 3 The Hill

U.S. healthcare spending growth hit 53-year low in 2013, report shows
Dec 3 Modern Healthcare

Obama: Ebola funding a ‘good Christmas present’
Dec 2 The Hill

If High Court Strikes Federal Exchange Subsidies, Health Law Could Unravel
Dec 2 KHN

NYC To Spend $130M To Divert People With Mental Illness From Jails
Dec 2 KHN

Draft Medicare ACO rules would allow more time with less risk
Dec 1 Modern Healthcare

Wall Street Is Bullish On 2015 Obamacare Enrollment
Nov 21 KHN

Kaiser expands clinic services to Target stores
Nov 20 Modern Healthcare

AHA CEO Richard Umbdenstock to retire in 2015
Nov 20 Modern Healthcare experiences minor glitches
Nov 15 The Hill

State Marketplaces Prepare To Open Again On Saturday
Nov 13 Kaiser Health News

Millions Of Medicaid Kids Missing Regular Checkups
Nov 13 Kaiser Health News

More States Expected To Expand Medicaid In 2015
Nov 12 Kaiser Health News

On The Cusp Of Its Second Enrollment Period, Health Law Still Faces Challenges
Nov 12 Kaiser Health News

Consumers Can ‘Window Shop’ On Before Sign-Up Period Begins
Nov 10 Kaiser Health News

Shortage of Medicaid Doctors? Not if You Ask Patients
Nov 10 The New York Times

Catholic bishops to vote on rules governing mergers
Nov 8 Modern Healthcare

In Surprise Move, Supreme Court Will Examine Key Part of Health Law
Nov 7 Kaiser Health News

CMS moves forward with 5-star rating program for dialysis facilities
Nov 7 Modern Healthcare

Panic, Paranoia, and Public Health — The AIDS Epidemic’s Lessons for Ebola
Nov 5 New England Journal of Medicine

Spike in ER, Hospitalization Use Short-Lived After Medicaid Expansion
Oct 15 KHN

Challenges Loom For New Obamacare Enrollment Period
Oct 6 KHN

New experimental drug given to Texas Ebola patient, Dallas hospital says
Oct 6 Modern Healthcare

Texas and Florida Expand Medicaid – For Kids
Sept 29 KHN

DEA: Vicodin, Some Other Pain Meds Will Be Harder to Get
Sept 26 KHN

Personal Attention Seen As Antidote To Rising Health Costs
Sept 25 KHN

Administration Says Hospitals Will Save $5.7B From Unpaid Bills Due To Health Law
Sept 24 KHN

A Single Insurer Holds Obamacare Fate In Two States
Sept 22 Kaiser Health News

Who is a full-time employee under the Affordable Care Act? It’s not as simple as you might think
Sept 19 Pacific Business News

When A Hospital Closes
Sept 18 Kaiser Health News

Dying In America Is Harder Than It Has To Be, IOM Says
Sept 17 Kaiser Health News

You’re Being Observed In The Hospital? Patients With Private Insurance Better Off Than Seniors
Sept 11 KHN

HHS Official: Updates Will Be ‘Improvement But Not Perfection’
Sept 10 KHN

Players to watch: Health
Sept 9 The Hill

Early Results: Average 2015 Exchange Premiums Decline Slightly
Sept 5, KHN

Replacing An Ambulance With A Station Wagon
Sept 5, KHN

Coverage for End-of-Life Talks Gaining Ground
Aug 30 NY Times

Pennsylvania, CMS Agree On ‘Healthy PA’ Medicaid Expansion Plan
August 28, KHN

How to Complain to Medicare
August 28, New York Times

Urgent Care Centers Opening For People With Mental lllness
August 28, KHN

Hello, May I Help You Plan Your Final Months?
August 27, NPR

Federal Officials Order Medicaid to Cover Autism Services
August 26, NPR

Religious Employers Are Offered Fix On Birth Control Coverage
August 22 Kaiser Health News

Deal Allots $17 Billion for Overhaul of V.A. Health Care System
July 28 NY Times

Lawmakers Announce $17 Billion Deal Intended To Fix VA System
July 28 NPR

New York Debates Whether Housing counts as Health Care
July 28 NPR

Medicare’s Costs Stabilize, But Its Problems Are Far From Fixed
July 28 NPR

D.C. appeals court strikes down ACA insurance subsidies for federal exchanges
July 22 Modern Healthcare

Courts Issue Conflicting Rulings on Health Care Law
July 22 NY Times

Docs Slam Recertification Rules They Call A Waste Of Time
July 21 KHN

Medicare Modifies Controversial Hospice Drug Rule
July 18 KHN

7 Findings From Leapfrog’s New Hospital Safety Report
July 18 Becker’s

Half Of Texas Abortion Clinics Close Due To State Law
July 18 KHN

Survey: People With New Health Law Insurance Are Happy
July 10 KHN