Regulatory

Cholesterol drug Repatha prevents heart attacks but is it too expensive? March 17, 2017 | Kaiser Health News - www.kaiserhealthnews.org
While some doctors are celebrating the medication as a major achievement against heart disease, others said they expect more from a drug that costs $14,000 per year.
Trump's budget proposal takes $15 billion from HHS March 17, 2017 | Henry Powderly - Editor-in-Chief of Healthcare Finance
The president's proposal would move AHRQ into the NIH, cut $4.2 billion from LIHEAP, but add $500 million to support substance abuse programs.
5 ways the GOP health bill would reverse course on the Affordable Care Act March 13, 2017 | Kaiser Health News - www.kaiserhealthnews.org
The budget rule Congress is using limits them from repealing the entire law and they are likely to keep some of the most popular provisions. Here's a look at major changes.
Leaked ACA replacement reveals Republicans plans to drop tax credits for the wealthy March 06, 2017 | Bill Siwicki - Managing Editor of Healthcare IT News
If it passes, the latest version would enact Medicaid block grants to U.S. states and phase out Medicaid expansion for low-income adults.
HITRUST tunes security framework for smaller medical groups March 02, 2017 | Mike Miliard - Contributing Editor
The new iteration comes after HITRUST heard from smaller practices who are looking to meet regulatory requirements and bolster cybersecurity.
Urban and rural hospitals dread losing ground with ACA repeal March 02, 2017 | Kaiser Health News - www.kaiserhealthnews.org
The American Hospital Association and the Federation of American Hospitals have already warned of "an unprecedented public health crisis" if Congress and Trump hastily repeal the Affordable Care Act.
Former House speaker John Boehner: Most of the ACA will remain intact February 27, 2017 | Mike Miliard - Contributing Editor
The former Ohio Rep. pointed to coverage for pre-existing conditions and kids up to 26 years old as well as subsidies for those who can't afford insurance and aren't on Medicaid as provisions that Congress is likely to keep.
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.

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