Mercy Health System of Cincinnati, Ohio agrees to pay United States $14.25 million to resolve False Claims allegations that it engaged in improper financial relationships with referring physicians. Mercy Health self-disclosed the issues to the government according to the Justice Department. (Justice.gov)
President Trump gave a speech on Friday afternoon outlining his blueprint to reform prescription drug pricing, called "American Patients First". Highlights include eliminating incentives imposed by the Affordable Care Act, giving Medicare Part D plans new tools to negotiate lower drug prices, and banning the "Pharmacist Gag Rule," which prohibits pharmacists from suggesting less expensive alternatives. (WhiteHouse.gov)
The Commonwealth Fund gives a state-by-state update on ACA innovation waivers, also known as 1332 waivers, which allow states to modify key parts of the ACA so long as consumers are protected and the goals of the legislation are not compromised. (CommonwealthFund.org)
The Urban Instituted released a report today entitled “The Healthy America Program”. The report sets forth a series of policy ideas designed to enable the United States to achieve near universal coverage.
In remarks earlier this morning, Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar stated that HHS will be considering expansion of the Medicare program's rights to negotiate drug pricing, and is also considering merging Medicare Parts B & D. (Reuters.com)