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Senator Claire McCaskill (D-MO) has requested internal documents from Anthem in regards to their policy denying emergency department treatment retroactively. Anthem has seemingly changed their ED reimbursement policy recently, as hospitals have reported a rapid increase in denials. Anthem has told hospitals that patients who received care in their ED...

The federal government shut down on January 20, 2018. Click the link below to see the information HHS released  on their operating status during the government's lapse in funding. ...

The Bipartisan Policy Center (BPC) released their report, “Reinventing Rural Health Care: A Case Study of Seven Upper Midwest States.” The study took place in 2017 and interviewed more than 90 leaders in rural health in Iowa, Minnesota, Montana, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota, and Wyoming. The BPC believes local,...

The American Medical Association released their 'Economic Impact Study' showing, "that doctors in the U.S. each support, directly and indirectly, an average of just more than 17 jobs." The AMA's report includes an interactive map showing the economic activity, directly and indirectly, related to physicians in each state. ...

The Department of Veterans Affairs announced new regulations today expanding reasonable costs for Veterans seeking emergency care outside of the VA system. Given the VA's recent actions to remedy delayed payments to community providers, the expansion of emergency benefits is welcomed additional support for our Veterans seeking emergent care close...

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) released a notice of proposed rulemaking as they seek input on how to expand their Rural Health Care Program. The FCC aims to ensure rural healthcare providers get the support they need while guarding against waste, fraud, and abuse in the program. The program, which directs subsidies...

Congress has continued to struggle to come to an agreement on long-term government funding. Just as Congress ended their 2017 session, they voted to approve more short-term funding for the Children's Health Insurance Program. This funding will last until March, longer than other short-term funding deals they have reached lately,...

A U.S. District Court Judge ruled against hospitals’ request for an injunction against a CMS regulation that takes effect January 1, 2018, that cuts 340B drug payments under Medicare Part B.  The payment cut is 28.5%. The judge ruled that the hospitals didn’t have standing as the rule had not yet taken effect, suggesting that at...