The House HHS appropriations committee passed amendments to its $177 billion health funding bill to soften and chip away at the Trump administration's rescinded family separation policy and the continued fallout.
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.
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.
Planned Parenthood and the National Family Planning & Reproductive Health Association asked a federal judge to stop HHS from changing its funding strategy for Title X grants. They argued the change was illegal as it was not done through a rulemaking.
The Trump administration's proposed federal agency reorganization is part of its effort to link popular means-tested entitlement programs such as Medicaid and the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program to cash assistance programs.
The new initiative will help HHS track and end infectious disease threats before they become full-fledged epidemics. The plan includes a private network of contractors to help HHS find and develop new technologies and treatments.
HHS Secretary Alex Azar warned the nursing home industry that the long-term care system needs to depend more on community options and less on expensive, excessive services to stay sustainable.
In recognition of the 74th anniversary of D-Day, President Donald Trump is expected to sign into law the so-called Mission Act. This is the hotly debated and long-awaited set of reforms to the VA Choice program.
HHS Secretary Alex Azar promised to use his "very powerful pen" to upend Medicare Part B's payment structure as his agency asked providers and pharmaceutical companies to weigh in on 340B changes.
Hospital execs and lobbyists will flood the Washington Hilton for the American Hospital Association's annual membership meeting. HHS Secretary Alexa Azar, CMS Administrator Seema Verma, and Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine) are among the D.C. dignitaries scheduled to speak.
HHS Secretary Alex Azar will return to Washington after inpatient treatment for an infection.
Since the landmark report To Err is Human shook up the industry in 1999, healthcare has been on a bumpy road to improving quality and safety.