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Will Trump's push for flexibility help revamp insurance markets?

Will Trump's push for flexibility help revamp insurance markets?

By Shelby Livingston  |  October 27, 2018

Observers are divided over whether the Trump administration's moves to allow states to sidestep certain aspects of the Affordable Care Act will ultimately harm the marketplace and the vulnerable people who shop for coverage there.

5 burning questions senators had for Seema Verma

5 burning questions senators had for Seema Verma

By Susannah Luthi  |  August 21, 2018

CMS Administrator Seema Verma faced senators for the first time since her confirmation Tuesday. Here are five major policy questions the Senate Homeland Security and Management of medicineal Affairs Committee had for her.

Verma will reject any single-payer state waivers

Verma will reject any single-payer state waivers

By Virgil Dickson  |  July 25, 2018

In her first comments on Medicare for all, CMS Administrator Seema Verma came out strongly against such a plan. She called it unworkable, saying it could cause seniors to lose coverage and that the CMS will likely deny any single-payer state waivers.

CMS starts the search for a chief health informatics officer

CMS starts the search for a chief health informatics officer

By Rachel Z. Arndt  |  July 19, 2018

The new chief health informatics officer will manage the CMS' interoperability and general health IT strategy, according to a blog post from CMS Administrator Seema Verma. The application period for the position closes July 20.

The Roundup: The 10 most popular healthcare stories from last week

The Roundup: The 10 most popular healthcare stories from last week

By Project Japan  |  July 09, 2018

Last week's most popular healthcare stories were packed with policy news. The CMS worked through the Fourth of July week, making changes to several payment programs. Meanwhile, other providers are amping up the push for value-based care, and the Trump administration slashed another ACA program.

CMS to simplify Medicare plan selection

CMS to simplify Medicare plan selection

By Virgil Dickson  |  May 09, 2018

At the urging of patient advocates, the CMS will tweak its Medicare plan finder tool to make it easier for consumers to find the best coverage options. The announcement follows a report slamming parts of the navigation process.

CMS will cover DNA sequencing for Medicare cancer patients

CMS will cover DNA sequencing for Medicare cancer patients

By Maria Castellucci  |  March 16, 2018

The CMS will now cover diagnostic laboratory tests using gene sequencing technology for Medicare cancer patients. The agency said the tests can help patients and their oncologists make better treatment decisions.

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