GENETIC TESTING

Wellness Program Bill Threatens Privacy of Genetic Test Results

A new bill promoted as supporting workplace wellness programs has met with significant backlash, criticized as forcing employees to give their employers genetic testing results. The bill proposed in … [Read more...]

LEGISLATION

House Proposes Replacement Health Care Legislation

Efforts to replace Obamacare are moving forward with legislation called the American Health Care Act proposed by two House committees—the Ways and Means and Energy and Commerce Committees.   Energy … [Read more...]

HEALTH CARE REFORM

New EO Calls for Agencies to Appoint Regulatory Reform Officers and Task Forces

On Friday, Feb. 24, 2017, President Donald Trump issued an Executive Order (EO) aimed at furthering the promise to reduce regulatory burdens and costs. This latest EO requires regulatory agencies each … [Read more...]

HEALTH CARE REFORM

ACA Still Intact for Now, But for How Long?

Now that President Donald Trump has taken office legislative efforts to "repeal and replace" the Affordable Care Act (ACA) have begun in earnest. Both the House of Representatives and the … [Read more...]

WHITE HOUSE

What Trump Administration Could Mean for ACA and Labs

Now that the election has concluded, labs and others in the health care industry have a new concern—what will the fallout be? President-elect Trump promised throughout the campaign to repeal the … [Read more...]

HEALTH CARE REFORM

Studies Examine Impact of Federal and State Policies on Health Costs and Utilization

Lab leaders often read about national and state policies. But effects of them may be harder to discover. The Health Care Cost Institute (HCCI) was motivated to find answers. Six recently released … [Read more...]

STATE LAW

State Laws Highlight Need for Price Transparency

Despite the fact that the majority of state legislatures have passed some laws relating to pricing transparency for health care services, only seven states are receiving passing grades for both the … [Read more...]

STATE LAW

Despite Passing More Laws, States Flunking Health Price Transparency

Despite the fact that the majority of state legislatures have passed some laws relating to pricing transparency for health care services, only seven states are receiving passing grades for both the … [Read more...]

PRECISION MEDICINE

New Policies Could Enhance Minorities’ Benefit from Precision Medicine

Racial and ethnic groups currently are less likely to benefit from advances in genetics, according to a study published Aug. 8 in Health Affairs. The authors say a multi-pronged strategy involving … [Read more...]

REIMBURSEMENT

CMS Unveils Proposed Rule Implementing MACRA and Replacing Meaningful Use

In January, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Acting Administrator Andy Slavitt indicated that the “Meaningful Use program as it has existed, will now be effectively over and … [Read more...]


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