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Aligning FDA and CMS Review

Recent initiatives have sought to close gaps between the two federal agencies' medical technology evaluation processes.  AUGUST 27, 2015
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Medicare's Hospital-Acquired Condition Reduction Program

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services aims to decrease preventable conditions by reducing payments to the lowest-performing hospitals.  AUGUST 6, 2015
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The Oregon Health Insurance Experiment

A 2008 lottery extending Medicaid to selected residents allowed for a randomized study on the impact of Medicaid coverage.  JULY 16, 2015
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The FDA's Menu-Labeling Rule (Updated)

Many restaurants will soon be required to list the calorie count of the food they sell.  JULY 13, 2015
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The FDA's Sentinel Initiative

The Food and Drug Administration has launched a new system to assess the safety of prescription drugs after they are approved for sale.  JUNE 4, 2015
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Antibiotic Resistance

Because of overuse and misuse, some antibiotics are losing effectiveness against highly resistant bacteria.  MAY 21, 2015
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Medicaid Primary Care Parity

For 2013 and 2014, the federal government raised payment rates to Medicaid primary care providers. Only some states plan to extend the rate increase.  MAY 11, 2015
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Right-to-Try Laws (Updated)

EDITOR'S NOTE: An earlier brief was published March 5, 2015.

Some states have passed legislation intended to expand access to experimental treatments for patients with serious or life-threatening conditions.  APRIL 9, 2015
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