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Jul 10, 2018

Healthcare issues will be front and center during the upcoming Senate confirmation hearings for Brett Kavanaugh, President Donald Trump's nominee for a pivotal seat on the U.S. Supreme Court.

A number of important healthcare cases could make their way to the high court in the coming years, and Kavanaugh's vote could swing those decisions. They include a new Republican challenge to the constitutionality of the Affordable Care Act; a patient lawsuit against Medicaid work requirements;...

Jul 10, 2018

(Updated on July 11)

A key House panel is slated to consider on Wednesday a new packet of 340B legislation that would go further than previous measures to overhaul the controversial drug discount program.

The bills on the docket include a long-negotiated measure by Rep. Chris Collins (R-N.Y.), who has led the House effort to curb the 340B program. Known shorthand as "patient definition," the proposal would designate in statute the patients who should qualify for the drug...

Jul 10, 2018
President Donald Trump's noncontroversial pick for Veterans Affairs chief, Robert Wilkie, will head for full Senate confirmation following Tuesday's approval by the Senate VA panel in charge of vetting his nomination.

Wilkie sailed through the panel's confirmation hearing in late June. He promised a thoughtful rollout of the recently passed overhaul of the VA Choice program that consolidates all the existing community-care programs into one and is expected to expand considerably the VA's...

Jul 10, 2018

Chad Terhune, a senior correspondent at California Healthline and Kaiser Health News, discussed the latest move by the Trump administration and the potential impact in California with A Martinez, host of the “Take Two” show on Southern California Public Radio.
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Health insurers and Covered California officials are facing another curveball...

Jul 10, 2018

Some view third-party investment in physician practices as a vital trend that offers economies of scale that make healthcare more efficient. Others believe it fosters monopoly control while driving up prices. But nearly everyone agrees that further consolidation within the U.S. healthcare market is coming.

The Chicago-based American Medical Association is in the midst of a yearlong effort to quantify the impact that venture capitalists, private equity firms and other outside entities...

Jul 10, 2018

When patients wore continuous heart monitors at home, doctors more frequently diagnosed them with atrial fibrillation than they would have with just routine monitoring, according to a new study published in JAMA.

For the study, researchers outfitted patients with wearable electrocardiogram patches to see how the patches would affect the detection and treatment of atrial fibrillation.

Not only did the patients who wore electrocardiogram sensor patches get diagnosed with atrial...

Jul 10, 2018
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Jul 09, 2018

President Donald Trump late Monday nominated Judge Brett Kavanaugh to fill the Supreme Court seat Justice Anthony Kennedy vacated just 12 days ago.

Kavanaugh, who currently sits on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, has a wide ranging record on healthcare issues including Obamacare and abortion issues, which advocacy groups are focusing on as a key point in his Senate confirmation battle.

Trump promised to nominate a justice who would vote to...

Jul 09, 2018

HHS Secretary Alex Azar assured a provider group Monday that the agency is committed to releasing regulation involving setting drug ceiling prices for the 340B drug discount program, despite many delays to implement a rule on the issue.

In a speech to 340B Health, a hospital trade group, Azar said he was disappointed that providers viewed the five delays for implementing the program's ceiling price rule as a favor to drug companies that opposed the rule.

"That couldn't be...

Jul 09, 2018

Mainstream hospital and physician communities are keeping a low profile amid the Roe v. Wade furor as President Donald Trump names a new Supreme Court justice nominee Monday night. But providers could reprise their pre-1973 role in the now-fraught debate if a more conservative bench reshapes state regulation.

Legal experts are skeptical the Supreme Court will upend the landmark Roe v. Wade ruling after Justice Anthony Kennedy's retirement despite the steady slough of red state...