Our Healthcare Hot Topics of the Week

Life is hectic, we know, so here’s a recap of the Healthcare Weekly Hot Topics you can’t afford to miss:

1) HHS proposes Medicare payment rules to encourage hospitals to be clearer about prices. The Washington Post, April 24, 2018. 

Hospitals would have to improve their pricing transparency to make it easier for Medicare patients to understand their charges.

2) Drug makers question idea to shake up how Medicare pays for certain drugs. STAT News, April 14, 2018.

Drugmakers warn that shifting drug from Medicare B to Medicare D could raise prices.

3) Bill allowing living wills for pregnant women clears House. The Associated Press, April 24, 2018.

Connecticut House approves a bill that would allow pregnant women to have a living will.

4) Trump administration extends opioid public health emergency. The Hill, April 23, 2018.

The Trump administration has extended the opioid public health emergency.

5) CMS seeks to allow doctors to bill patients directly. Modern Healthcare, April 23 2018. 

The direct provider contract would allow physicians to patients directly.

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