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Internal Emails Reveal FDA's Concerns With Voluntary Animal Antibiotic Policies

An internal FDA memo circulated last month shows the agency is mulling timeframes for animal drug sponsors to comply with new voluntary policies intended to reduce the subtherapeutic use of antibiotics in food animals, but also…more
| Administrative Law, Science, Computers, & Technology

Upcoming Washington State Duals Demo Offers Insight On Managed FFS Model

Washington state will likely be the first state to sign a memorandum of understanding with CMS on a duals demonstration that uses the managed fee-for-service model, a CMS official said, and a Washington state official outlined…more
| Administrative Law, Health, Insurance

CMS Eyes Initial Voluntary Enrollment In Ohio Duals Demo After Okaying Policy In Massachusetts

Ohio is talking to CMS about leaving enrollment in the duals demonstration voluntary for the first three to six months, a private insurance official following the process tells Inside Health Policy, which would be the same…more
| Administrative Law, Health, Insurance

Former HHS Official: Precedent For Age Band Phase In, But HHS Doesn't Have Flexibility

HHS' former insurance exchange chief tells Inside Health Policy that a phase-in of “age rating” compression generally is a better approach than an abrupt change, but Congress' decision to initiate the health law's 3:1 age band…more
| Administrative Law, Health, Insurance

Jennings hopes op-ed leads to bipartisan ACA tweaks... AEI 'Fellow' Stands By Op-Ed Equating Obamacare To Romneycare, Predicts ACA Repeal Unlikely

JD Kleinke, the 20-year health economics veteran and resident fellow at the American Enterprise Institute (AEI) who caused a stir with his Sept. 28 New York Times editorial, “The Conservative Case for Obamacare,” tells Inside…more
| Administrative Law, Elections & Politics, Health, Insurance

Campaign Debate Over Medicare Could Ripple Out To Deficit Reduction Talks Next Year

If polls continue to show public support eroding for Medicare premium support and Medicaid block grants, Republicans might have a difficult time pushing those reforms next year during the deficit reduction debates, some health…more
| Administrative Law, Elections & Politics, Finance & Banking, Health, Insurance

While FDA and NIH would do worse... NHC: Many HHS Agencies Fare Better Under Sequester Than Under Ryan Budget

Many HHS agencies -- including CMS, Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, and Health Resources and Services Administration -- could fare better under the across-the-board cuts mandated by sequestration than if the…more
| Administrative Law, Elections & Politics, Finance & Banking, Health

AHA Faults HHS For Lack Of E/M Guidelines As DOJ Warns Hospitals Not To Use EHR To Game System

The American Hospital Association told Obama administration officials Monday that it agrees fraudulent billing practices -- such as inappropriately “upcoding” the intensity of care -- should not be accepted but said some of the…more
| Administrative Law, Health, Insurance

CMS To Launch Medicaid Program Integrity Workgroup With States

CMS is in the early stages of launching a Medicaid program integrity workgroup that states for months have been pushing the agency to set up as part of a holistic approach to overhauling the Medicaid program integrity arena. An…more
| Administrative Law, Health, Insurance
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