Health care industry stakeholders during a House subcommittee hearing on Tuesday expressed concerns about a CMS proposal that could reduce by $900 million hospital payments for drugs under the 340B drug discount program.
CMS Administrator Seema Verma sought to bridge the gap between moderate and conservative GOP senators by proposing to give states up to $200 billion in additional funding to help cover out-of-pocket costs for certain low-income individuals.
It's tough when doctors become patients—not least because they may seek informal opinions from colleagues or make bad assumptions about their care. But there are strategies physicians use to address these obstacles, according to a new study in Family Medicine.
Meghan Azad, lead author of the review, says, "There's no clear evidence for benefit from the artificial sweeteners, and there is a potential that they have a negative impact, but we need more research to figure it out for sure."
Commonwealth Fund researchers write that the Affordable Care Act and other federal initiatives have helped to improve the U.S. health care system's performance, but one researcher argues that Republicans' health reform proposals "would reverse" that progress.
While studies show that value-based insurance design programs can reduce individuals' use of low-value and sometimes costly health care services, the programs might not reduce total health care spending.