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CMS approves Obama-rejected Kansas waiver

CMS approves Obama-rejected Kansas waiver

October 16, 2017

The CMS has approved Kansas' waiver request to put most of its Medicaid population on managed-care plans, but the state will have to address issues that prevented the Obama administration from signing off on the plan.

Med schools aim to train new breed of physician

Med schools aim to train new breed of physician

October 14, 2017

Many schools are reforming their coursework to fill gaps in traditional programs and better prepare students for adapting to new technology, payment models, leadership roles and collaborative approaches to care delivery.

New toothpaste looks beyond fluoride

New toothpaste looks beyond fluoride

By Modern Healthcare  |  October 14, 2017

A research team from Queen Mary University of London developed a very fast dissolving "bioactive" glass that can be used in toothpaste or dental fillings to repair decayed teeth.

Senate committee seeks answers on drug pricing

Senate committee seeks answers on drug pricing

By Modern Healthcare  |  October 14, 2017

On Oct. 17 the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee will hear testimony from officials representing big pharma, generic drug manufacturers and pharmacists in an attempt to understand prescription drug costs.

Data Points: New life for association health plans?

Data Points: New life for association health plans?

By Modern Healthcare  |  October 14, 2017

President Donald Trump last week signed an executive order to exempt health plans offered by trade and professional associations from the same coverage requirements as those offered by small businesses and on the individual market. Many fear such a move would drive up premiums for other plans.

Trump cutting off subsidy payments poses tough decisions for insurers

Trump cutting off subsidy payments poses tough decisions for insurers

October 13, 2017

President Donald Trump's decision Thursday to end federal cost-sharing reduction payments to insurers puts the spotlight on Republican and Democratic senators who are trying to craft a bill to fund those payments and stabilize the individual insurance market.

Doctors susceptible to peer pressure too

Doctors susceptible to peer pressure too

October 13, 2017

New research raises the idea that clinical decisionmaking can be improved with interventions that focus more on the human traits that influence our choices.

Dignity and CHI still pursuing merger

Dignity and CHI still pursuing merger

October 13, 2017

The Dignity Health and Catholic Health Initiatives deal is still on, Dignity leaders said in a conference call Friday, marking about a year since the merger plans were initially announced.


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