The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) recently released guidelines to ensure that states have the necessary tools to properly address a nationwide epidemic—the opioid crisis.
The guidelines include information on resources available to states and the different approaches available to combat the crisis; it also...National News
Google’s ‘Medical Brain’ team is using artificial intelligence (AI) to predict when a patient will die according to over 150,000 key data points and an extensive history of health records. Bloomberg speculates these machines could open the gates for the internet to enter the healthcare market.
The search engine has approximately...National News
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) deferred the debut of the July 2018 Hospital Compare Star Ratings to a later date, yet to be announced.
Hospital star ratings have been postponed in the past. Just last year, the December 2017 updates came in five months later from the original release date along with a new...National News
A federal appellate court ruled last week that the federal government does not have to pay health insurers billions of dollars owed.
These payments were built into the Affordable Care Act (ACA) as a way to offer insurers protection from gains or losses on an exchange that was uncharted territory for insurers, according to Fierce...National News
A state appeals court has ruled to resurrect a physician-assisted suicide law in California, giving terminally ill patients the right to an option.
Nationwide, doctor-assisted suicide has proved controversial, seeing extremists from both ends of the spectrum similar in issues like abortion laws. The rule applies to adults with...National News
On Tuesday, U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) released a new rule focused on making healthcare more attainable for small businesses. The rule allows small businesses and those self-employed to shop for joint health insurance depending on location or industry.
This final rule regulating association health plans is supported by Trump...National News
The 85-bed facility ranks among the worst in the country, receiving a one-star rating from the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs.
Providing short-term rehabilitation and stabilization, the Prescott Community Living Center demonstrated a lack in quality of care with 45 percent of patients claiming to have moderate to severe...National News
The 20-states, including Arizona, are urging a federal district court in Texas to hold the Affordable Care Act’s (ACAs) individual mandate unconstitutional and to enjoin the entire law.
The brief, filed June 7 by the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ), argues the individual mandate is unconstitutional and can't be extricated from...National News
House Bill 2154, enacted earlier this year by Gov. Doug Ducey, has significantly expanded Arizona's current data breach notification law effective Aug. 1, 2018.
Changes include a more expansive definition of “personal information” that was formerly one of the narrowest in the country, according to Ballard Spahr’s Privacy and...National News
The Hertel Report is proud to celebrate our intern Veronica Graff, who shared a byline on this front page story in the Arizona Republic on Sunday about the emotional and physical damage suffered by ex-Cardinal players and their struggles with the NFL.
The news feature includes interviews from nine former players and explains how a...National News
Pharmaceutical companies Eli Lilly & Co. and AstraZeneca PLC are completely scrapping trials of an experimental drug they were co-developing for the treatment of Alzheimer's. It is an unsurprising announcement among various other disappointing efforts to close the gap to the finish line in the race against the debilitating...National News
The American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine (AAHPM) proposed an alternative payment model (APM) that includes monthly payments for care teams, including nurses, social workers and spiritual care professionals.
The Patient and Caregiver Support for Serious Illness (PACSSI) model was developed to address the gaps in...National News
Usage of brand-name drugs has declined but seniors are still paying more although they are receiving less, according to a report by the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services (DHHS).
The Office of Inspector General (OIG) found:
Total reimbursements for all brand-name drugs in Part D increased 77 percent from 2011 to...National News
Gov. Paul LePage of Maine is being forced to uphold a ballot measure that passed seven months ago when Maine voters decided to expand Medicaid under The Affordable Care Act (ACA). His administration was ordered to file the paperwork to the federal government by next week, according to POLITICO.
Supporters of the ACA sued...
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) developed its Medicaid and Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP) Scorecard.
The Scorecard includes measures voluntarily reported by states, as well as federally reported measures in three areas:
The Scorecard includes measures voluntarily reported by states, as well as...
The Washington Post’s Paige Winfield Cunningham speaks one-on-one with U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services Administrator Seema Verma, who outlines her vision for Medicaid.
Watch the video by following this link to the Washington Post
Nuedexta is the only FDA approved drug to treat pseudobulbar affect (PBA), a rare disorder affecting less than one percent of the population, according to a CNN investigation.
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services and the U.S. government is now warning insurers to be aware of unethical uses of the drug. It has had an...National News
The federal review also reported subsidized coverage for marketplace plans has fallen by 3 million and projects that by 2028, about 243 million Americans will be insured while the country's uninsured rate will climb to 35 million.
The Congressional Budget Office expects the nongroup health insurance is expected to be stable in most...National News
The Government Accountability Office reported that in 2017 HHS made $36.2 billion in improper Medicare FFS payments and $36.7 billion in improper payments to Medicaid; MA received $14.2 billion improperly and Medicare Part D was improperly paid $1.2 billion.
The GAO estimated the federal government spent nearly $147 billion on...National News
Excel Health's reported that in 2017 total Medicare beneficiaries grew 2.5 percent as baby boomers continued to age into Medicare, hospice patient admissions grew 6.5 percent driven by increased utilization, and that home health patient admits grew 0.5 percent, due to growth in the last two reported quarters.
Data highlights from the...