This Weekly’s Hot Topics
- Aetna/CVS defends proposed merger before California Department of Insurance (California News)
- Final resolution on the denials of 96402 from CMS (MOASC News)
- American Medical Association House of Delegates approves several ASCO-led resolutions (National News)
CVS Health and Aetna executives defended their $69 billion proposed merger before the California insurance commissioner, as a panel of antitrust experts and healthcare providers chipped away at the companies’ promise to lower U.S. healthcare costs and improve the quality of care without harming competition. The American Medical Association has urged regulators to block the proposed acquisition of health insurer Aetna by retail pharmacy and pharmacy benefit manager CVS Health. For more information click here and go to California News.
While the Aid-In-Dying law faces an uncertain future, state officials released numbers last Friday showing an increase in deaths from 16.5 per month in 2016 to 31.2 in 2017. According to data compiled by the California Department of Public Health, more than 90 percent of individuals were 60 or older and about 89 percent were white. For more information click here and go to California News.
MOASC has acquired a final resolution on the denials of 96402 from Neal E. Logue, Health Insurance Specialist, Division of Financial Management and Fee for Service Operations, Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), CMS San Francisco Regional Office. For more information click here and go to MOASC News.
During the American Medical Association (AMA) House of Delegates (HOD) annual meeting, delegates approved several ASCO-led resolutions and incorporated them into the AMA’s policy agenda. For more information click here and go to National News.
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