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New CMS pay model targets soaring drug prices

New CMS pay model targets soaring drug prices

By Harris Meyer and Virgil Dickson  |  October 25, 2018

The Trump administration's first mandatory CMS pay model is projected to save taxpayers and patients $17.2 billion over five years by shifting Medicare Part B drugs to price levels more closely aligned with what other countries pay.

CMS denies North Carolina's proposal to pay down docs' debt

CMS denies North Carolina's proposal to pay down docs' debt

By Virgil Dickson  |  October 24, 2018

While the CMS approved North Carolina's Medicaid waiver to transition to managed care and offer federal funding to address social determinants of health, it rejected a proposal to use federal funds to pay doctors' debt.

Trump signs bipartisan measure to confront opioid crisis

Trump signs bipartisan measure to confront opioid crisis

By Associated Press  |  October 24, 2018

President Donald Trump pledged to put an "extremely big dent" in the scourge of drug addiction in America as he signed legislation intended to help tackle the opioid crisis, the deadliest epidemic of overdoses in the country's history.

Marijuana in babies? Colo. researchers find new evidence

Marijuana in babies? Colo. researchers find new evidence

By Susannah Luthi  |  October 19, 2018

Two Colorado specialists have found marijuana's psychoactive component lingers in breast milk for at least six weeks. As researchers worry that growing cannabis use by mothers could translate into a public health crisis for children, physicians are seeing impact on the ground.

Medicaid expansion is about reclaiming dollars, Va. governor says

Medicaid expansion is about reclaiming dollars, Va. governor says

By Susannah Luthi  |  October 18, 2018

For states that haven't expanded Medicaid, the push to do so isn't just about leaving money on the table. It's also about no longer subsidizing other states without benefit, according to Democratic Gov. Ralph Northam of Virginia.

Study: Without Medicaid expansion, poor forgo medical care

Study: Without Medicaid expansion, poor forgo medical care

By Associated Press  |  October 15, 2018

Low-income people in states that haven't expanded Medicaid are much more likely to forgo needed medical care than the poor in other states, according to a government report. Several states have Medicaid expansion on the ballot in November.

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