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John Gregory
Senior Writer
John joined TriMed in 2016, focusing on healthcare policy and regulation. After graduating from Columbia College Chicago, he worked at FM News Chicago and Rivet News Radio, and worked on the state government and politics beat for the Illinois Radio Network. Outside of work, you may find him adding to his never-ending graphic novel collection.
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Two Senate Democrats have asked CMS and HHS to make a last-minute extension of the open enrollment period for the Affordable Care Act (ACA)’s insurance exchanges, arguing the Dec. 15 deadline will leave too many interested customers either without health coverage or automatically enrolled into plans which “may no longer be the best choice for their families.”

An acute care hospital’s 501(c)(3) status was revoked by the Internal Revenue Service after it entered into a joint venture with a for-profit entity, according to the National Law Review.

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PricewaterhouseCooper’s (PwC) Health Research Institute expects “persistent risks and uncertainties” to impact healthcare in 2017, ranging from policy changes under the Trump administration to how artificial intelligence (AI) will change workflows—and in the end, it may come out stronger because of those challenges.

With Republicans in Congress confident they’ll pass a tax cut bill before the end of the year, the question of what their top legislative priority should be in 2018 is up for debate, with some favoring a focus on cuts to federal programs like Medicare.

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The American Clinical Laboratory Association (ACLA) has filed a lawsuit alleging the new Medicare reimbursement system for lab tests goes against what Congress intended in the Protecting Access to Medicare Act (PAMA) and would reduce payments to labs by about $670 million in 2018.

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Millennial patients know less about their health benefits, are less likely to pay their medical bills in full and often don’t save for medical expenses, according to a survey published by TransUnion Healthcare.

The Hospital Readmissions Reduction Program (HRRP) introduced by the Affordable Care Act (ACA) hasn’t been beloved by hospitals who have been penalized by it, but now new studies have given physicians and administrators new reasons to oppose it: It may be jeopardizing patient care.

Health insurers expect the repeal of the Affordable Care Act (ACA)’s individual mandate will make the individual insurance market worse, particularly for customers who don’t have employer-sponsored coverage but make too much money to receive subsidies to lower their premiums.

McKesson’s board failed to audit the company’s methods to detect suspicious shipments of opioid painkillers, even after agreeing to do so in a court settlement, according to board minutes unsealed as part of a shareholder lawsuit.

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St. Louis-based Ascension Health and Renton, Washington-based Providence St. Joseph Health are discussing a merger, according to the Wall Street Journal, which would create a massive nonprofit health system of 191 hospitals in 27 states.