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HHS blocks ACA health plans that don't meet minimum value requirements

A health plan without hospital benefits is "is not a health plan in any meaningful sense," the Department of Health and Human Services  announced in a final rule last week. HHS has found that plans that lack substantial hospital benefits do not qualify as "minimum value" coverage under the Affordable Care Act and has blocked such plans from being offered.

Consumer-driven precision medicine gets boost from FDA

President Barack Obama's Precision Medicine Initiative promises a "new era of medicine--one that delivers the right treatment at the right time," and seeks $215 million to expand access to genetic data in order to better target disease treatments. But while much focus has been on the implications of the initiatives for healthcare providers, the Food and Drug Administration announced Friday that for the first time, it will allow a company to market a genetic test directly to consumers.

Progress on obesity rates 'unacceptably slow'

Most nations are not doing enough to address obesity rates, according to a six-part series published in the  Lancet, and governments must rethink their strategies.

California watchdog group: Audit 'repeat offender' hospitals

California-based nonprofit Consumer Watchdog urged Democratic Gov. Jerry Brown's office to audit 10 hospitals the state Department of Health has fined $700,000 for adverse events leading to patient death or serious injury.

FDA issues warning about scopes linked to superbug outbreak

Not long after news broke of two patient deaths linked to an outbreak of antibiotic-resistant bacteria Carbapenem-resistant Enterobacteriaceae (CRE) at a California hospital, the Food and Drug Administration on Thursday issued a warning that the design of a specialized endoscope may impede effective cleaning.

Health IT execs cite lack of expertise to comply with government mandates

Three in five health IT professionals see government mandates as having a negative effect on the industry, according to a report from cloud-services vendor Peak 10. Ninety-four percent said those mandates affect IT strategy, and a majority say they lack the expertise to effectively comply with them.

Superbug kills two patients in California

An outbreak of antibiotic-resistant superbug Carbapenem-resistant Enterobacteriaceae that already sickened patients in Pittsburgh, Seattle and Chicago now has spread to UCLA's Ronald Reagan Medical Center and caused at least two patient deaths, the  L.A. Times  reported.

73% of physician leaders preparing for HHS payment proposal

Healthcare organizations are actively preparing for the Department of Health and Human Services' plan to tie 30 percent of fee-for-service Medicare payments to quality and value by 2016, according to a new survey from the American Association for Physician Leadership.

Panel: ACA will not disappear should Supreme Court side with King v. Burwell plaintiffs

With less than two weeks until the Supreme Court hears the  King v. Burwell  case regarding the legality of federal subsidies, the healthcare insurance industry continues to speculate over its potential outcome.

ACA enrollment extension may end up costing insurers

The decision to extend the enrollment period for Affordable Care Act insurance plans may prove costly for insurers.