Focus of the Week
July 19, 2019
When it comes to performing high-risk procedures, the majority of hospitals do not perform them often enough to meet safety standards, according to a new report from The Leapfrog Group.
July 18, 2019
Under new guidance released by Internal Revenue Service and the Department of Treasury, high-deductible health plans (HDHPs) with health savings accounts can cover chronic care treatment before a patient meets their deductible.
July 17, 2019
A new study of Medicare Part D spending on generic and brand name drugs from the list of essential medications maintained by the World Health Organization (WHO) documents spending increases and shortages.
July 16, 2019
If the High-Cost Plan Tax, also known as the Cadillac tax, goes into effect in 2022, 21% of employers who offer coverage would be impacted, and that percentage would increase fairly rapidly by 2030.
July 15, 2019
The new index would measure more than 60 variables, including the built environment, education and community context, and even the weather and crime.
July 12, 2019
Two reports from the Office of Inspector General (OIG) in HHS have identified deficiencies in the quality of care at hospices and the harm done to beneficiaries as a result of poor care or cases of abuse.
July 11, 2019
Research led by authors from the University of Pennsylvania find widening geographic and rural-urban disparities in the story of rising white mortality rates.
July 10, 2019
During oral arguments at the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals, Republican-appointed judges voiced their skepticism over the constitutionality of the individual mandate without the imposed tax while Judge Carolyn Dineen King—appointed by President Jimmy Carter in 1979—did not ask any questions or make any comments about the case.
July 09, 2019
In 2018, 33% of accountable care organizations (ACOs) assumed downside risk, up from 28% in 2012.
July 08, 2019
As President Trump spoke about the environment and the economy, the American Lung Association and the American Public Health Association said that they will sue the administration over its decision to repeal the Clean Power Plan, which was passed under the Obama administration to reduce carbon pollution from power plants.