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  • HHS Secretary Azar Statement on Measles Outbreaks and the Importance of Vaccines
    HHS Secretary Alex Azar issued the following statement regarding the current measles outbreaks around the United States: “The United States is seeing a resurgence of measles, a disease that had once been effectively eliminated from our country. And today, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has confirmed that ongoing measles...
  • HHS Fact Sheet: Combating the Opioid Crisis
    The opioid crisis is the most daunting and complex public health challenge of our time. However, under the President’s leadership, in just two short years, the nation has made real progress—progress that is saving lives every day. Just over one year ago in New Hampshire, the President emphasized the importance of...
  • HHS To Deliver Value-Based Transformation in Primary Care
    Today, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Alex Azar and Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Administrator Seema Verma are announcing the CMS Primary Cares Initiative, a new set of payment models that will transform primary care to deliver better value for patients throughout the healthcare...
  • Secretary Azar Statement on Medicare Trustees Report
    HHS Secretary Alex Azar released the following statement on the release of the annual Medicare Trustees Report: “Today’s seniors and future generations need certainty that Medicare will be there to support them now and in the future. This year’s Trustees Report provides a sobering reminder that we have much work to...
  • HHS Announces Next Steps in Advancing Interoperability of Health Information
    The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) today issued for public comment draft 2 of the Trusted Exchange Framework and Common Agreement (TEFCA) that will support the full, network-to-network exchange of health information nationally. HHS also released a notice of funding opportunity to engage a non-profit, industry-based organization...

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  • Newsom: California Leads On Prescription Drugs
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    “California is leading the nation in holding drug companies accountable and fighting prescription drug prices.” Governor Gavin Newsom, April 17, 2019, in a news release   California regularly portrays itself as a national trendsetter on political issues, and Gov. Gavin Newsom is claiming that title on prescription drugs. This story also ran on...
  • Klobuchar Wants To Stop ‘Pay-For-Delay’ Deals That Keep Drug Prices High
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    “We can stop this horrible practice where big pharmaceuticals pay off — they literally pay off — generics to keep the prices and the competition off the market.” Sen. Amy Klobuchar on April 22, 2019 during a CNN town hall for presidential candidates Washington’s recent fixation with lowering drug costs has introduced...
  • Hospitals Chafe Under Medicare’s New Payment Rule For Off-Campus Clinics
    Eric Lewis’ plans for expansion have derailed. As chief executive officer of Olympic Medical Center, he oversees efforts to provide care to roughly 75,000 people in Clallam County, in the isolated, rural northwestern corner of Washington state. Last year, Lewis planned to build a primary care clinic in Sequim, a town about...
  • Patients Caught In Middle Of Fight Between Health Care Behemoths
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    Cancer survivors Evalyn Bodick, 74, and Barbara Marsic, 63, are caught in the crossfire of one of the fiercest health care fights in the country. They fear they are about to lose access to the doctors they say have kept them alive. The reason: the latest skirmish in a nearly decade-old...

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