Tag Archives: Policy

CDC to reverse indoor mask policy, saying fully vaccinated people should wear them indoors in Covid hot spots

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is expected to recommend Tuesday that fully vaccinated people begin wearing masks indoors again in places with high Covid-19 transmission rates, according to people familiar with the matter. Federal health officials still believe fully vaccinated individuals represent a very small amount of transmission, according to the sources. Still,… Read More »

UnitedHealthcare delays controversial ER policy following backlash

Dive Brief: UnitedHealthcare, the biggest private payer in the U.S., is delaying a controversial policy that could retroactively deny emergency room bills it deems non-emergent — potentially saddling patients with costly medical bills — following intense backlash from patient advocates and hospital groups. “Based on feedback from our provider partners and discussions with medical societies,… Read More »

We (Heart) Health Policy Poets

Who says health policy can’t be fun? Experts lit up Twitter in recent days with valentine messages about topics ranging from drug prices and surprise medical bills to the Affordable Care Act and Kaiser Health News. Here are some of our favorites. ❤ Robert Longyear: Hey, don’t break my heart. I don’t have prior authorization!… Read More »

Rural Health Policy

View more How do we ensure access to affordable, high quality healthcare for rural residents? How can Medicare and Medicaid reimbursement approaches allow rural healthcare facilities to keep their doors open? How can we attract healthcare providers to rural communities? Questions like these, along with countless others, are the basis of rural health policy. Rural health policymaking takes… Read More »

Policy changes, AI, consumerism, top interoperability trends for 2020

The new consumer-driven health information ecosystem is transforming the way health systems deliver care. As always, interoperability – be it among care teams or across disparate settings – is a key challenge. While major strides are being taken to improve the way medical data and electronic health records can be transferred, analyzed and shared, major… Read More »

AHA files another challenge to CMS site neutral payment policy

Dive Brief: The American Hospital Association is once again suing HHS over its policy reducing payments to off-campus hospital outpatient departments. In a lawsuit filed Monday in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia, AHA, the Association of American Medical Colleges and three individual hospitals made the same argument that won over the… Read More »

HHS issues new vaping enforcement policy targeting e-cigarettes with kid-friendly flavors

E-cigarettes and vaping garnered a lot of attention in 2019, and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services took notice. On Thursday, the agency announced a new enforcement policy that targets vape products especially enticing to young people, as the government takes steps to curb the prevalence of vaping among America’s youth. The policy… Read More »