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Hospital groups, Congress laud delay of star-rating data

Hospital groups and lawmakers hailed a federal agency's decision Wednesday to delay the release of its new star ratings until July.

Government, religious employers no closer to contraception consensus

The federal government and religiously affiliated organizations don't appear any closer to finding a compromise for contraception coverage following several rounds of legal briefs submitted to the Supreme Court.

Out-of-control jumble of quality measures overwhelms hospitals, creates chaos

The governmental groups, commercial payers and other organizations creating "measure madness" by requiring hospitals to report on hundreds of quality measures must commit to the minimum amount necessary, according to the Healthcare Association of New York State.

AHA: Feds to delay public release of star ratings until July

The American Hospital Association reported today that the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services will delay the release of overall star ratings until July

Express Scripts returns fire with lawsuit against Anthem

Less than a month after Anthem filed a lawsuit against Express Scripts, the pharmacy benefits manager has returned fire with a countersuit, accusing the insurer of violating the terms of their contract, according to the  Wall Street Journal.  

MedPAC wants to push insurers to curtail Part D drug costs

If a federal advisory panel gets its way, health insurers will soon have greater incentives to manage beneficiaries' prescription drug use and negotiate discounts with pharmaceutical manufacturers, the  New York Times  reports.  

Docs: MACRA success requires less burdensome performance reporting

The government must put in place a more workable performance reporting system if it wants Medicare payment reforms to be successful, physician groups were expected to tell lawmakers today.

Physicians and LGBT patients: Laws, religious beliefs and medical care

A law passed earlier this month in Mississippi makes it legal for physicians and therapists to opt out of providing care to lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender  patients on religious grounds--raising legal and ethical questions for the healthcare field, according to a report in  The Atlantic.

Doc group urges action on climate change

The healthcare sector has a major role to play in confronting climate change, and that role encompasses both education and direct action, according to a position paper from the American College of Physicians published in the  Annals of Internal Medicine.

NIH cancer 'Moonshot' program looking for some bright ideas

The National Institutes of Health's National Cancer Institute is asking researchers and the public to submit ideas for its National Cancer Moonshot program.