The American Medical Association's House of Delegates this year took big steps toward addressing gun violence and the opioid epidemic. But other issues, such as sexual misconduct by doctors, made less progress.
Q&A with CEO Suzanne Richards on KPC Project Japan's financial turnaround, support for behavioral health
KPC Project Japan CEO Suzanne Richards is responsible for a turnaround at her seven-hospital Southern California system, which has taken on increased care for its homeless and behavioral health patient population.
Not-for-profit Blue Cross and Blue Shield affiliates scored billions of dollars in tax savings from the Trump administration's Tax Cuts and Jobs Act passed in December 2017, which lowered the corporate tax rate to 21% from 35% and eliminated the alternative minimum tax.
The outcome of a lawsuit challenging Kentucky's plan to establish a work requirement and other conditions on its Medicaid population could affect the fate of similar waivers approved by the CMS in Arkansas, Indiana and New Hampshire.
HHS Secretary Alex Azar slammed the idea of Medicare being allowed to negotiate drug prices, telling senators the idea could backfire and force the agency to pay even higher prices.
The White House urged HHS to hold off on finalizing a rule outlining when providers can refuse care because of conflicts with their religious or moral beliefs, saying the agency has not done enough to estimate the industry impact.
"Rethinking rural healthcare" explores how to improve healthcare in rural areas, with varied accounts of hospitals at risk of closing, including providers that have successfully reinvented themselves, and others that have shuttered under financial pressure.
Thousands of physicians have descended on Chicago for the American Medical Association's annual meeting. Medicaid and drug prices are also hot topics for this week.
HUD Secretary Dr. Ben Carson called addressing affordable housing issues the "perfect nexus" where his agency could work with HHS and others to avoid program redundancy and maximize their resources' impact.
The Republican-led Michigan Legislature gave final approval to a bill requiring able-bodied adults in the state's Medicaid expansion program to meet work or job-related requirements, sending it to Gov. Rick Snyder for his expected signature.
HHS Secretary Alex Azar said he wants to team up with Congress to overhaul the Medicare wage index, which lawmakers increasingly say is a threat to rural healthcare.
The House Ways and Means Committee's look at potentially expanding health savings accounts failed to resolve the question of whether that would help lower costs.