Virgil Dickson

Bureau Chief / Washington

Virgil Dickson reports from Washington on the federal regulatory agencies. His experience before joining Modern Healthcare in 2013 includes serving as the Washington-based correspondent for PRWeek and as an editor/reporter for FDA News. Dickson earned a bachelor's degree from DePaul University in 2007.

Tennessee seeks Medicaid carve-out for abortion providers

June 14, 2018

Tennessee drafted a Medicaid waiver to exclude providers that perform abortions from its networks. The move comes just weeks after the Trump administration proposed to block such providers from receiving Title X funds.

Hospitals urge Congress to pass new 340B legislation

June 12, 2018

A bill introduced by Rep. Doris Matsui (D-Calif.) could give hospitals in the 340B program new price protections, according to providers. The proposal could also reverse a more than $1 billion cut to the federal drug discount program.

White House taps the brakes on HHS religious rule

June 11, 2018

The White House urged HHS to hold off on finalizing a rule outlining when providers can refuse care because of conflicts with their religious or moral beliefs, saying the agency has not done enough to estimate the industry impact.


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