The PSA Debate Continues
The Lancet study, conducted in Europe, found a survival benefit with early diagnosis, but does not agree that the benefit outweighs some of the associated risks of the test.
Experimental Drug Likely Saved Ebola Patients
On July 30, the Defense Threat Reduction Agency, an arm of the military responsible for any chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear and high-yield explosive threats, allotted additional funding to MAPP Biopharmaceutical due to "promising results."
CMS Issues Final Rules for Inpatient, Hospice Payments
The CMS has finalized a rule (PDF) that decreases inpatient prospective payment system payments by $756 million overall. Meanwhile, long-term-care hospitals will see payments increase by 1.1%, or approximately $62 million in fiscal 2015, which starts Oct. 1.
Justice Dept. Seeks Appeal in Health Overhaul Case
The Justice Department asked a full federal appeals court Friday to take up a case that has endangered subsidies helping millions of low- and middle-income people to afford their healthcare premiums under Obamacare.
WHO Says Outbreak of Ebola Virus is Outpacing Control Efforts
In an ominous warning as fatalities mounted in West Africa from the worst known outbreak of the Ebola virus, the head of the World Health Organization said on Friday that the disease was moving faster than efforts to curb it, with potentially catastrophic consequences including a “high risk” that it will spread.
HHS Final Rule Sets ICD-10 Switch for Oct. 1, 2015
In a final rule (PDF) issued Thursday afternoon, HHS formally set an Oct. 1, 2015, compliance date for conversion to ICD-10 diagnostic and procedure codes, incorporating the absolute minimum delay imposed by Congress when it ordered HHS to roll back the conversion date previously set for Oct. 1, 2014.
HealthCare.gov Has Already Cost $840 Million
HealthCare.gov, the federal health-exchange website plagued with glitches at its launch, has already cost $840 million to build, according to a Government Accountability Office (GAO) review of two task orders and one contract related to building the system.
House Authorizes Obamacare Lawsuit
The House passed a resolution Wednesday authorizing a lawsuit challenging President Barack Obama's constitutional authority to delay the employer mandate in the federal healthcare reform law. The measure was adopted on a 225-201 largely party-line vote.