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The update follows an earlier report from Express Scripts on the nation's crisis, which revealed that women are using more opioids than men.
In response to trepidation from clinicians, CMS has announced a proposal to alter the rules of the Quality Payment Program established by the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act (MACRA). The changes will exempt thousands of physicians from quality reporting requirements and allow small practices to form “virtual groups” with one another.
The Duke Center for Health Data Science was in the planning stages before Robert Califf, MD, departed for a stint as FDA commissioner.
Experts hoped that Medicaid expansion would direct the previously uninsured into primary care and reduce reliance on the emergency department. What happened is more complicated.
Staff at mental health hospitals have long believed that tobacco helped calm patients, when in fact the nicotine only covered symptoms of withdrawal.
State-level decisions on whether to expand Medicaid had ripple effects across the rest of the healthcare insurance market, according to a report by the Office of the CMS Actuary in Health Affairs.
The CMS Office of the Actuary released a report projecting the financial and coverage impacts of the American Health Care Act (AHCA) passed by the House of Representatives, finding that 13 million more people would be uninsured by 2026 but the federal government would reduce expenditures by $328 billion.
A new report from CMS has shown that nearly 2 million people who selected an Affordable Care Act health plan on the exchanges did not pay their insurance premium to maintain health coverage just 2 months later.
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