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CMS proposes policies to lower the cost of prescription drugs and combat the opioid crisis

The proposed rule eliminates administrative hurdles to providing more affordable prescription drugs and will allow Medicare to combat opioid overprescribing and abuse.

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Hospital Groups File Lawsuit To Stop Significant Payment Cuts For 340B Hospitals
Hospital Groups File Lawsuit To Stop Significant Payment Cuts For 340B Hospitals

Today, the American Hospital Association (AHA), the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) and America's Essential Hospitals filed a lawsuit against the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia to prevent significant Medicare payment cuts for hospitals that participate in the 340B Drug Pricing Program.

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Youth Villages on quest to find 'Holiday Heroes' for children receiving care in Middle Tennessee
Youth Villages on quest to find 'Holiday Heroes' for children receiving care in Middle Tennessee

Youth Villages is seeking Holiday Heroes for more than 2,000 children who are receiving care in Middle Tennessee.

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Updates from the AMA Interim Meeting
Updates from the AMA Interim Meeting

In his address at the American Medical Association (AMA) Interim Meeting, AMA President David O. Barbe, M.D., on Saturday recapped an aggressive year of advocacy and accomplishment, highlighting significant victories that protected patients and physicians, with the primary goal of improving the health of the nation.

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Meharry & HCA Join Forces for Training Physicians

Meharry students to train in HCA system.

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November is Lung Cancer Awareness Month
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Tivity Health Comments on UnitedHealthcare Relationship

Affirms Preliminary 2018 Financial Guidance Issued October 26, 2017

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Oct. 2: Metro Public Health Department to Begin Offering Flu Shots at all three Health Centers

Metro Public Health Department officials announced they will begin offering flu vaccine October 2 at all three Health Department's locations.

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AHA Letter to the Senate Regarding AHCA Deliberations

The American Hospital Association has sent a letter to the U.S. Senate outlining the organization's hope that healthcare deliberations keep coverage at the center of the conversation for patients and the providers who care for them.

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FDA Asks Endo Pharma to Pull Opana ER

In a highly unusual move, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has requested Endo Pharmaceuticals remove its opioid pain medication, reformulated Opana ER (oxymorphone hydrochloride), from the market. In a release on June 8, the agency said it is seeking removal based on concern that the benefits of the drug may no longer outweigh its risks. This is the first time the agency has taken steps to remove a currently marketed opioid pain medication from sale due to the public health consequences of abuse.

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Blocked: Aetna-Humana Decision

A federal judge has blocked the proposed Aetna-Humana merger citing antitrust concerns.

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ACA Update
ACA Update

The process to repeal the Affordable Care Act has begun. While Republicans have been unified in their call to repeal President Barack Obama's signature healthcare legislation, the steps forward to "replace" that coverage for nearly 20 million Americans have not enjoyed such singular clarity. On Thursday, Jan. 12, the U.S. Senate voted on a budget measure that put procedures in place to begin dismantling ACA. The U.S. House followed with a vote on Friday. While the votes were cast largely along party lines, a number of Republican senators and representatives have expressed concern over repealing the act without having a replacement in place. President-elect Donald Trump also has called for simultaneous repeal and replace.

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AMA Releases Letter to Congressional Leaders on Reform of Healthcare System

Nation's largest association of physicians calls on Congress to carefully consider 'replace' before 'repeal' to ensure no loss of coverage and access to care.

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