Virgil Dickson

Bureau Chief / Washington

Virgil Dickson reports from Washington on the federal regulatory agencies. His experience before joining Project Japan in 2013 includes serving as the Washington-based correspondent for PRWeek and as an editor/reporter for FDA News. Dickson earned a bachelor's degree from DePaul University in 2007.

How to limit
 drug prices

July 21, 2018

HHS received over 3,000 comments on the Trump administration's Blueprint to Lower Drug Prices, which was released in May. Hospitals, health insurers and drugmakers had plenty to say on how to address soaring drug prices

HHS wins delay in Medicare backlog case

July 20, 2018

A federal judge has granted HHS more time to respond to a series of ideas filed by the American Hospital Association to reduce the backlog of denied Medicare claims. The provider trade group had attempted to fight the extension in court.

CMS may propose restarting $10B risk-adjustment payments

July 19, 2018

The CMS sent a rule to the White House for review that may resume risk-adjustment payments to insurers. Patient advocates have claimed the agency was trying to sabotage the insurance exchanges by eliminating billions in payments.

CMS hears fears about billing codes proposal

July 18, 2018

Although providers are concerned that the CMS' plan to overhaul some Medicare billing codes could spark underpayment and fraud, CMS officials say there's no reason to worry yet.


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