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CMS: Enforce Medicaid Work Requirements Print E-mail
Written by Meridith McGraw, ABC News   
Thursday, 11 January 2018 00:00
The federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) today <1.11.18> released new policy guidance that allows states to enforce work requirements on the millions of low-income people who receive Medicaid. The move by the Trump administration paves the way for states to start programs that deny health coverage through Medicaid unless people demonstrate they work or are participating in "community engagement activities" like volunteering.

Last Updated on Friday, 26 January 2018 18:26
How value-based pay can worsen patient outcomes Print E-mail
Written by FHI's Week in Review   
Monday, 01 January 2018 16:40
In  a 12/28/17 KevinMD post, Matthew Hahn, MD states, "Results of a study released <in> JAMA Cardiology demonstrated that lower readmission rates among hospitalized heart failure patients, a key focus of recent Medicare value-based payment efforts, were associated with increased patient mortality. In other words, patients admitted to the hospital for heart failure are being re-admitted less frequently, but dying at higher numbers."
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The GOP Tax Bill Repeals Obamacare's Individual Mandate Print E-mail
Written by FHI's Week in Review   
Tuesday, 26 December 2017 18:52
The unpopular individual mandate, which requires most Americans (other than those who qualify for a hardship exemption) to carry a minimum level of health coverage, has been repealed by the new Republican tax bill. Passed by both houses of Congress, the bill will be signed into law by President Trump.
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Last Updated on Wednesday, 17 January 2018 08:53
Healthcare Professionals a Big Part of the #MeToo Movement Print E-mail
Written by Vitale Health Law   
Tuesday, 12 December 2017 19:49
By now you undoubtedly have read or heard stories about sexual harassment taking place in Hollywood, Washington and the workplace in general. The #MeToo movement is creating a groundswell of support for those who have been the target of sexual harassment, as well as causing many who may have remained silent to be heard.  

For those in the healthcare field, sexual harassment claims are nothing new. And, based on a recently released report by BuzzFeed News, they have been taking place for decades. After reviewing sexual harassment claims filed with the U.S. Equal Opportunity Commission (EEOC) between 1995 and 2016, the BuzzFeed investigation found 170,000 healthcare industry sexual harassment claims were filed during that 21-year period.

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Last Updated on Saturday, 13 January 2018 09:13
U.S. healthcare spending growth slowed in 2016 Print E-mail
Written by FHI's Week in Review   
Monday, 11 December 2017 19:39
According to Reuters, in a Dec. 06 2017 article, "Growth in healthcare spending in the United States slowed in 2016 following two years of expansion under the Affordable Care Act, a government health agency reported on Wednesday."
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Last Updated on Monday, 11 December 2017 19:50
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