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Jan 16, 2018

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KHN contributing columnist Michelle Andrews writes the series Insuring Your Health, which explores health care coverage and costs.

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When I went to the imaging center for my regular mammogram last year, the woman behind the desk asked me if I’d like to get a “3-D” mammogram instead of the standard test I’d had in the past.

“It’s more accurate,” she...

Jan 15, 2018
Rural hospital executive Randy McCleese has been named the 2017 John E Gall Jr. CIO of the year. The award is presented by the College of Healthcare Information Management Executives and Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society.

McCleese, CIO at Methodist Hospital, a two-hospital system in Western Kentucky, was praised for working to advance health IT at small and rural hospitals. Methodist includes a 192-bed hospital in Henderson, a critical access hospital in Morganfield, as...

Jan 12, 2018

TenetHealthcareCorp.planstolayoff2,000workers. That's up from 1,300 jobs that were initially going to be eliminated. RonaldRittenmeyer, who took over as CEO in October after Trevor Fetter resigned, is charged with reshaping an organization that's carrying about $15 billion in debt. Modern Healthcare reporter Tara Bannow caught up with Rittenmeyer at last week's J.P. Morgan Healthcare Conference.


It won't have any effect on the operations. These are broader-based cuts...

Jan 12, 2018

Dr. Larry Graham couldn't handle sending one more patient showing signs of substance abuse home without a clear path for follow-up treatment. He and his colleagues would try to secure appointments with addiction specialists only to come up empty or add them to a waitlist.

Hospitals are teaming with community-based behavioral health providers to hasten access to treatment for patients battling addiction.

"We were reinventing the wheel every time...
Jan 12, 2018
It's a propitious time, at least for conservatives, for Alex Azar to take the top job at HHS. All elements have aligned for him to mold the Affordable Care Act, Medicaid and Medicare according to a vision they can support.

Things have changed since Azar last served at HHS under President George W. Bush. The ACA didn't exist then, and the Bush era's major overhaul to Medicare with Medicare Advantage and Medicare Part D became Azar's signature accomplishments during his time at the department...

Jan 12, 2018
SANFRANCISCO—Health systems are turning to apps, partnerships with retail stores, revamped websites and business models outside of healthcare with the hope they can keep their heads above water as they try to ride the wave of consumerism.

In presentations and meetings at the J.P. Morgan Healthcare Conference last week, executives described some of the new models in place right now, such as a health system taking the view that even patients leaving the hospital should still be considered as...

Jan 12, 2018

The CMS has proposed revising its coverage policy to make it easier for Medicare enrollees with implantable cardiac devices to receive an MRI.

While the agency first signed off on covering MRIs for beneficiaries with implantable devices like pacemakers in 2011, the approval included some requirements. Beneficiaries with certain implanted cardiac devices could only receive MRIs if it was part of a clinical trial.

Now, the agency is changing its tune and suggested allowing...

Jan 12, 2018

The Trump administration’s watershed decision Thursday to allow states to test a work requirement for adult Medicaid enrollees sparked widespread criticism from doctors, advocates for the poor, and minority and disability rights groups.

Conservatives, however, hailed the change to the federal-state program for low-income people. Stephen Miller, the Medicaid commissioner for Kentucky, which received authority Friday to implement a work requirement, said the new policy will “allow...

Jan 12, 2018

Kentucky has become the first state in the nation to receive federal approval to impose work requirements as a condition of Medicaid coverage.

In a letter sent to Kentucky state officials on Friday, the Trump administration made clear it would approve similar waivers for other states.

"Your substantial work will help inform future state demonstrations seeking to draw on Kentucky's novel approaches to Medicaid reform," Brian Neale, CMS' Medicaid director, said in the letter to...

Jan 12, 2018

Watch Our Live Taping

What The Health is going to happen in 2018? Come join us in D.C. and find out.

THE EVENT: A live taping of KHN’s “What The Health?” podcast.

WHEN: Thursday, Jan. 18, 1–2 p.m. ET

WHERE: Kaiser Family Foundation, 1330 G. Street NW, Washington, D.C.

The Trump administration this week told states they will be allowed to require some beneficiaries of the Medicaid program to work or perform community...