Regulatory

Q&A: Obama's drug czar says opioid crisis must continue to be a federal priority February 13, 2017 | Kaiser Health News - www.kaiserhealthnews.org
Michael Botticelli, who ran the White House's Office of National Drug Policy, took a public health approach to fighting widespread opioid abuse and said that Trump's promise to repeal the Affordable Care Act could compromise anti-addiction efforts.
What made Obamacare succeed in some states? Hint: It's not politics February 13, 2017 | Kaiser Health News - www.kaiserhealthnews.org
Insurer competition varied widely within states, with the most dramatic differences between urban and rural areas. The more populated regions tended to have more insurance competition and better-priced plans than rural areas.
Tom Price confirmed as HHS Secretary February 13, 2017 | Susan Morse - Associate Editor, Healthcare Finance
Price needed no Democratic nods in the 52-47 party-line vote as Republicans hold a majority in the Senate.
Employers fret job-based coverage vulnerable to fallout from GOP health law overhaul February 03, 2017 | Kaiser Health News - www.kaiserhealthnews.org
Any new health law needs substantial revenue to replace the Cadillac tax as well as ACA taxes on health insurers, medical devices and high-income households that paid for care expansion -- assuming those measures are repealed. Otherwise, it risks stranding the millions getting government-subsidized Obamacare coverage.
5 things to know about Trump's Supreme Court pick February 03, 2017 | Jessica Davis - Associate Editor, Healthcare IT News
Judge Neil Gorsuch has a history of pushing back on federal agencies and regulations particular to healthcare. Let's take a look.
6 Senators who confronted HHS secretary pick Tom Price have health care stocks too January 19, 2017 | Kaiser Health News - www.kaiserhealthnews.org
The major concern is that members of Congress will help pass laws to benefit companies in which they own stock.
NQF releases guidance to reduce unnecessary variation in quality measures January 06, 2017 | Mike Miliard - Contributing Editor
The National Quality Forum also called for a comprehensive database of measures.
Trump picks Homeland Security head December 27, 2016 | Jessica Davis - Associate Editor, Healthcare IT News
The President-elect also gave the post a higher level of importance than it has had in the past, thereby signaling Trump's focus on cybersecurity, from IoT attacks to ransomware plaguing the healthcare industry.
Montana emerging as a model for Medicaid work requirement December 27, 2016 | Kaiser Health News - www.kaiserhealthnews.org
A voluntary work program in the state is helping to make people healthier and getting them off social programs while also preparing them for higher wage jobs.
If Republicans repeal health law, how will they pay for replacement? December 27, 2016 | Kaiser Health News - www.kaiserhealthnews.org
Along with vowing to overturn the Affordable Care Act, Republicans pledged to repeal the taxes that Democrats intended to pay for the law. Without that funding, the government will have far less money to spend on whatever they opt for as a replacement.
Data breaches spike 60 percent in November December 19, 2016 | Jessica Davis - Associate Editor, Healthcare IT News
The cause of data breaches? Insiders were responsible for more than half and errors were more common than wrongdoing, according to a new report.
PwC: 10 changes coming to healthcare in 2017 December 19, 2016 | Jack McCarthy - Contributing Writer
The next 12 months promise opportunity alongside uncertainty, with the Affordable Care Act's fate coming into question as the industry moves into value-based care and girds for other advances.
OCR reveals onsite HIPAA audits are planned for 2017 December 09, 2016 | Tom Sullivan - Executive Editor, HIMSS Media
The Office for Civil Rights within Health and Human Services offered advice about assessments.
Many parents with job-based coverage still turn to Medicaid, CHIP to insure kids December 09, 2016 | Kaiser Health News - www.kaiserhealthnews.org
Nearly all families in which a parent was offered coverage accepted it for the parent, but only about three-quarters of children in the sample were covered by their parents' employer-sponsored plan, a study in Health Affairs found.
Interstate health insurance sales get tryout in Georgia but no takers December 09, 2016 | Kaiser Health News - www.kaiserhealthnews.org
President-elect Donald Trump and Georgia Rep. Tom Price have backed the proposal as a way to boost competition.
Poll: GOP voters skittish on full ACA repeal December 02, 2016 | Kaiser Health News - www.kaiserhealthnews.org
Republican opposition to the ACA remains strong among voters for President-elect Donald Trump but, even still, many also support some of the individual consumer protections in that law.
Uncertain fate of ACA giving healthcare industry heartburn November 21, 2016 | Kaiser Health News - www.kaiserhealthnews.org
President-elect Donald Trump's statements on health policy thus far have left industry executives and workers guessing about changes any replacement for the Affordable Care Act might bring.
Losing Obamacare: Some panic, others shrug at the prospect November 18, 2016 | Kaiser Health News - www.kaiserhealthnews.org
A recent Gallup poll found that 51 percent of respondents are in favor of repealing Obamacare, while 45 percent oppose that action.
What Trump's ACA repeal might mean for MACRA November 14, 2016 | Beth Jones Sanborn - Managing Editor of Healthcare Finance News
MACRA, along with shared savings, accountable care and CMMI programs are likely safe to proceed after the new administration steps in, though medical practices should expect some changes.
Genetically-engineered mosquitoes split a straw poll in the Florida Keys November 11, 2016 | Kaiser Health News - www.kaiserhealthnews.org
The town of Key Haven voted against an initiative to test Frankenflies in the Zika fight while Monroe County, where Key Haven is, voted in favor of doing so.

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