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Is resistance to Medicaid expansion crumbling?

The lost dollars are whispering ever louder in the ears of Medicaid naysayers. Two years ago, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled it was up to states to expand Medicaid eligibility under the Affordable...

States seek solutions to hospital violence

State legislatures aim to reduce a prevalent problem in the healthcare sector: violence against workers.

FDA approves apps aimed at reducing readmissions, enhancing post-op care effort

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has green lighted two telehealth applications both focused on decreasing hospital readmissions by providing physicians with post-hospital patient data while the patient recuperates at home.

Mass. hospitals rethink medical error response

Massachusetts hospitals have stepped up the transparency of their post-medical error apology process, according to New England Public Radio.

Paul Keckley: New non-partisan resource center may help change, improve healthcare policies

Accountable care organizations, the future of academic medicine and cost-reduction strategies are among the topics that the new Navigant Center for Healthcare Research and Policy Analysis, a...

Readmission penalties reach record high

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services levied a record number of fines against hospitals for excessive readmissions, according to a  Kaiser Health News  analysis of federal records released this week.

HHS can't unilaterally bail out insurers, GAO says

The Department of Health and Human Services can't unilaterally make payments to insurers under the Affordable Care Act as a way of making up for unexpected losses, the Government Accountability Office said in a legal opinion.

DOJ anti-fraud push could mean criminal charges for healthcare executives

​A push by the U.S. Department of Justice to hold executives accountable for corporate misdeeds could mean an increased focus on prosecuting healthcare executives, the law firm Arent Fox warns.

New FDA strategic roadmap includes health IT-related goals

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration this week unveiled a new roadmap that outlines its strategic priorities through 2018. According to FDA Commissioner Margaret Hamburg, the plan--which includes many health IT-related goals--was in development for more than a year.

Lawsuit claims HHS is hiding rate hikes in violation of ACA

A  la wsuit  was  filed by  Mehri & Skalet attorney Jay Angoff, who used to oversee ACA implementation for HHS, claims the federal agency is not following through on its obligation to make rate filings for 2015 publicly available in time for the public to comment on them.