Medicaid Advisers Want To Make Sure Beneficiaries Are Safeguarded From Proposal To Ban Rebates To PBMs

Although the rule is geared toward changing how Medicare handles rebates to middlemen, members of the Medicaid and CHIP Payment and Access Commission want to make sure Medicaid beneficiaries are protected from any downstream ramifications. Meanwhile, Medicare advisers talk about a unified payment system for post-acute care facilities. Modern Healthcare: MACPAC Wants Part D...

Supreme Court Upholds Decision That Medicaid Must Cover Women’s Sex Reassignment Surgery

The Iowa Supreme Court ruled that the argument that the policy's explicit exclusion of gender-reassignment surgeries was merely a specified example within the broader category of "cosmetic, reconstructive, and plastic surgeries" that were excluded from coverage was invalid. "The expressly denied Good and Beal coverage for their surgical procedures because they were...

Robotic Surgery Is Widely Used For Cancer Patients, Yet Health Benefits Are Unproven, FDA Warns

There's little evidence to suggest patients who receive robotic treatments live longer than those who undergo traditional surgeries and some patients fare worse. News on health technology also looks at video conferences with the doctor; artificial intelligence diagnosis; hospital data breaches; and more. The New York Times: Cancer Patients Are Getting Robotic Surgery. There’s...

Springing Forward An Hour Leaves Americans Tired, Grumpy And Prone To Heart Attacks. Will Standard Time Ever Go Away?

The push to get rid of standard time has been growing in recent years, as more and more studies highlight the negative health effects of changing the time twice a year. The Washington Post: Springing Forward To Daylight Saving Time Is Obsolete, Confusing And Unhealthy, Critics SayThis weekend, Americans will once again navigate their...

How Game-Theory Economists Changed The Landscape Of Living-Donor Organ Transplants

Kidney donations from living donors require a close biological match, which can be devastatingly rare to find. But organ exchange chains--where one person's loved one gives to a patient, whose' loved one gives to another patient and so on--have been opening up a whole world of possibilities for some families. In other public...