John O'Brien will serve as senior adviser for drug pricing reform to HHS Secretary Alex Azar.
The HHS secretary on Tuesday expounded on the Trump administration's vision to overhaul Medicare financing.
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.
An analysis of brand-name prescription drug prices shows it's been business as usual for drugmakers, with far more price hikes than cuts. The number of increases slowed somewhat and were not quite as steep as in past years.
HHS wants to work with private companies like venture capital firms and startup incubators to discuss strategies to accelerate investment, innovation and research in healthcare.
HHS will create a patient safety database to track quality of care at ambulatory surgery centers, as they become more prevalent across the country.
Congressional appropriators have approved $90.5 billion in HHS appropriations in a spending package that includes $3.8 billion in opioids funding. Community health centers will also get a funding boost.
More than 4,300 Medicaid expansion enrollees in Arkansas will lose coverage for the rest of this year because they did not comply for three straight months with the state's first-in-the-nation work and reporting requirements, state officials announced Wednesday.
HHS Secretary Alex Azar hinted the agency will overhaul certificate-of-need regulations and force drugmakers to pay full rebates to state Medicaid programs for new formulations of existing drugs.
The Trump administration has touted expanding access to short-term insurance that bypasses Obamacare's consumer protections as a way to make healthcare coverage more affordable for those priced out of the individual market.
Providers and a top HHS official Tuesday urged Congress to loosen the Stark law's restrictions. The move to value-based care models could be undermined if the 30-year-old law isn't changed.
Senate health appropriators are proposing a $2.3 billion hike to HHS' funding this year,including $1.5 billion in flexible grants for states battling the opioid epidemic. The bill also proposes expanding rural telehealth programs.