White House won’t oppose new challenge to 2010 healthcare law
October 31st, 2012
By Jonathan Stempel WASHINGTON | Wed Oct 31, 2012 7:49pm EDT WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The Obama administration on Wednesday cleared the way for the U.S.
U.S. administration agrees to ease in Medicare benefit rules
October 23rd, 2012
WASHINGTON | Tue Oct 23, 2012 12:36pm EDT WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The Obama administration has agreed to relax Medicare’s requirements for skilled nursing and home health care, allowing beneficiaries to qualify for benefits even if their conditions are not expected to improve, according to court documents. A proposed settlement of a national class-action lawsuit, filed October 16 in U.S. District Court in Vermont, says the government will revise its Medicare manual to make benefits available when care would only “maintain the patient’s current condition or …
Allscripts gets first offers from PE group: report
October 8th, 2012
Mon Oct 8, 2012 9:14am EDT (Reuters) – Allscripts Healthcare Solutions Inc received offers from a private-equity consortium including Blackstone Group LP and Carlyle Group LP, Bloomberg reported, sending the healthcare company’s shares up 6 percent in premarket trade.
White House said to be frustrating drug companies in Asia trade talks
October 5th, 2012
By Doug Palmer WASHINGTON | Fri Oct 5, 2012 4:36pm EDT WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The Obama administration’s reluctance to push for 12 years of data protection on “biologic” medicines in free-trade talks is a growing concern for U.S. drug manufacturers who employ about 4 million Americans, an industry official said.
FDA chief says scarce funding hobbles sweeping food safety regulations
October 1st, 2012
By David Morgan WASHINGTON | Mon Oct 1, 2012 5:14pm EDT WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S.
Opponents of legalizing marijuana focus on risk to teens
September 22nd, 2012
By Keith Coffman and Alex Dobuzinskis DENVER/LOS ANGELES | Sat Sep 22, 2012 11:32am EDT DENVER/LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Opponents of legalizing marijuana in three western states are targeting mothers in a fight over ballot measures that for the first time could make recreational pot use legal in parts of the United States. “If people tell you it’s not a gateway drug – it’s baloney,” Colorado state Representative Kathleen Conti, a Republican, told two dozen parents and local residents at a recent meeting in the Denver suburb of Greenwood Village. Conti described her own son’s descent from pot smoking to heroin use at the get-together at a spacious private house, where listeners sat on dining room chairs in neat rows and munched on snacks, and organizers laid out pamphlets with titles such as “Put Colorado’s Kids First.” Grassroots meetings are the main tool for groups seeking to defeat pot legalization in Washington state, Oregon and Colorado.
Medicare Advantage enrollment projected to grow 11 percent
September 19th, 2012
WASHINGTON | Wed Sep 19, 2012 5:02pm EDT WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Enrollment in Medicare Advantage, the private insurance segment of the popular U.S. healthcare program for the elderly, is expected to grow 11 percent next year while premiums remain steady, government health officials said on Wednesday. The U.S
Top Obama health adviser admits "mistake" in political probe
September 13th, 2012
U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius addresses the first session of the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, North Carolina September 4, 2012