FOCUS OF THE WEEK
July 30, 2015
Fifty years ago today, President Lyndon B. Johnson signed the law that created Medicare and Medicaid, setting in motion not only the greatest change in healthcare in the nation's history at that point, but also a lasting change for society.
July 29, 2015
A quirk in Alaska law allowed Governor Bill Walker to move ahead without support from the legislature.
July 28, 2015
Officials say the number of enrollees and their relative good health made it possible to negotiate lower rate increases. However, premium increases are higher in Northern California, where there is less competition.
July 27, 2015
The HHS Secretary told the National Governors Association that she needed their help in fighting substance abuse and in moving the healthcare system from a volume-based to a value-based system.
July 24, 2015
Recent surveys have found that public sentiment on drug costs runs high and crosses the political divide. A move this week by the nation's leading oncologists to rein in therapy pricing may be a sign that this is the breakthrough issue of the presidential campaign.
July 23, 2015
Some safety-net hospitals are seeing the best bottom lines in years. But for those in states that refused to expand Medicaid, little has changed.
July 22, 2015
Since the adoption of the Affordable Care Act, CMS has removed 28,000 questionable providers from Medicare. But the Government Accountability Office found more needs to be done to verify addresses and weed out those who have lost their licenses.
July 21, 2015
The new law was part of a 21-bill package to fight one of the nation's highest rates of opioid and heroin abuse.