Tag: health policy

Feds Let Illinois Extend Postpartum Medicaid Coverage

The federal government has approved a request by Illinois to extend postpartum Medicaid coverage to a full year from the current standard of 60 days....

Despite COVID, Many Wealthy Hospitals Had a Banner Year

Editor’s note: Find the latest COVID-19 news and guidance in Medscape’s Coronavirus Resource Center. Last May, Baylor Scott & White Health, the largest nonprofit hospital...

Neutral Zone Border-Crossing Parties Risking Infection

BLAINE, Wash. — In the shadows of covid travel restrictions, a 42-acre park on the far western edge of the U.S.-Canadian dividing line has become...

How the New ‘Patient Price Shopping’ Rule Can Affect Doctors

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is trying to change the way patients choose their healthcare by encouraging consumers to use online tools...

Alabama’s Republican Governor Extends Face Mask Mandate

Editor’s note: Find the latest COVID-19 news and guidance in Medscape’s Coronavirus Resource Center. MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Breaking with other Southern GOP governors, Alabama...

Public Health Experts Slam States’ Moves to Ditch Masks

Editor’s note: Find the latest COVID-19 news and guidance in Medscape’s Coronavirus Resource Center. The Republican governors of Texas and Mississippi announced Tuesday they would...

Senate Committee Splits in Party-Line Vote on HHS Nominee Becerra

Editor’s note: Find the latest COVID-19 news and guidance in Medscape’s Coronavirus Resource Center. The Senate Finance Committee split 14-14 on a party-line vote today...

Include Psych Patients in Next COVID Vaccine Round, APA Urges

Editor’s note: Find the latest COVID-19 news and guidance in Medscape’s Coronavirus Resource Center. The American Psychiatric Association (APA) is urging the inclusion of patients...

White House Ups Vaccine Doses to Underserved Communities

Editor’s note: Find the latest COVID-19 news and guidance in Medscape’s Coronavirus Resource Center. In a continued effort to ramp up COVID immunization nationwide, the...

Medicaid Physician Fees Still Lag Medicare Payment Rates

Medicaid fees for physicians have continued to lag those paid by Medicare, a trend that may make it difficult for some patients to find care,...

States Shift COVID Vaccine From Long-Term Care to General Public

Editor’s note: Find the latest COVID-19 news and guidance in Medscape’s Coronavirus Resource Center. Some states have started taking COVID-19 vaccine from allocations meant for...

Feds to Start Sending COVID Vaccines to Pharmacies Next Week

Editor’s note: Find the latest COVID-19 news and guidance in Medscape’s Coronavirus Resource Center. The Biden administration says it will begin shipping COVID-19 vaccine to...

License Expired? No Problem, Uncle Sam Wants You to Vaccinate

Editor’s note: Find the latest COVID-19 news and guidance in Medscape’s Coronavirus Resource Center. The federal government has issued a directive that aims to bolster...

How the CARES Act Forgot America’s Most Vulnerable Hospitals

A federal economic relief package passed by Congress in March promised to provide a lifeline for hospitals, particularly those in rural communities where many facilities...

Gap Between Vaccine Doses Could Be 6 Weeks

Editor’s note: Find the latest COVID-19 news and guidance in Medscape’s Coronavirus Resource Center. The CDC has updated its guidance on how long people can...

J&J COVID Vaccine Gets Unique CPT Code Even Before FDA Filing

Editor’s note: Find the latest COVID-19 news and guidance in Medscape’s Coronavirus Resource Center. The largest US physician organization has created a billing code for...

Biden Signs 10 New Orders to Help Fight COVID-19

Find the latest COVID-19 news and guidance in Medscape’s Coronavirus Resource Center. President Joe Biden signed 10 new executive orders on his second day in office...

What We Know and Don’t Know About Virus Variants and Vaccines

Find the latest COVID-19 news and guidance in Medscape’s Coronavirus Resource Center. About 20 states across the country have detected the more transmissible B.1.1.7 SARS-CoV-2...

Biden Asks Surgeon General Adams to Resign

  Dr Jerome Adams In one of his first moves as president, Joe Biden asked US Surgeon General Jerome Adams, MD, MPH, to resign. Adams...

Biden Unveils National 5-Point COVID-19 Vaccination Strategy

Editor’s note: Find the latest COVID-19 news and guidance in Medscape’s Coronavirus Resource Center. President-elect Joseph R. Biden has unveiled a plan to jump-start the...

Biden Team Must Create National Pandemic Strategy

Editor’s note: Find the latest COVID-19 news and guidance in Medscape’s Coronavirus Resource Center. The incoming Biden administration must formulate an effective national strategy for...

Biden’s First Order of Business May Be to Undo Trump’s Policies

The party split in Congress is so slim that, even with Democrats technically in the majority, passing major health care legislation will be extremely difficult....

Even for Wealthy, US Healthcare Can’t Match Care in Other Nations

(Reuters Health) – When it comes to health care, even privileged white Americans fare worse than the average citizens of 12 other developed countries, a...

Physicians Find Perks in COVID-19 Relief Bill

Editor’s note: Find the latest COVID-19 news and guidance in Medscape’s Coronavirus Resource Center. The mammoth COVID-19 relief bill passed by Congress Monday night includes...

Democrats Are Running Hard on Health Care in Georgia’s Runoffs

In this Nov. 20, 2020, photo, Vice President Mike Pence and Kelly Loeffler wave to the crowd during a Defend the Majority Rally in Canton,...