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Some hospitals to get more money under partial two-midnight payment cut settlement

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Hospitals challenged CMS after the agency gave a 0.2 percent downward adjustment to inpatient payment under the two-midnight rule.

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2018 Medicare Parts A and B premiums, deductibles stick to 2017 levels

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More than three-fourths, 77 percent, of Medicare Advantage enrollees remaining in their current plan will have the same or lower premium for 2018, CMS says.

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Bipartisan bill would reverse CMS rule slashing 340B drug payments

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Bill would negate a Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services rule cutting $1.6 billion for drugs purchased by certain hospitals covered under the 340B program.

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Hospitals can cut costs with targeted screenings for children entering foster care

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Testing certain individuals instead of the patient population for diseases such as tuberculosis and hepatitis B and C, can be more cost-effective, the researchers said.

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Medicare requests public comment on ways to decrease drug costs

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Suggestions include allowing enrollees to buy drugs at the pharmacy they prefer.

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Study claims US healthcare not prepared to advance emerging Alzheimer’s therapies

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Advanced clinical trials are underway for at least 10 investigational therapies that have shown promise in slowing or blocking development of Alzheimer's disease.

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Medicare improper payments fall below 10% in 2017

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Improper payments decreased $5 billion from a total $36.2 billion due mostly to documentation errors.

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