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Medicare Agrees To Cover New Tiny Heart Pacemakers

KHN Morning Briefing

Medtronic’s Micra pacemaker is less than 10 percent of the size of a regular pacemaker and is implanted directly in the heart, rather than under skin in the chest. Medicare says it will cover the pacemakers if the use is part of a well-designed study by Medtronic to gather data over a long period of time. Also, federal officials penalize a Minnesota hospital after a 13-year-old who had attempted suicide was able to escape from a psychiatric ward.

9 States, D.C. Made Up Lion’s Share Of Medicare Waste In 2015

KHN Morning Briefing

This is the second consecutive year that the District of Columbia has topped all states in Medicare waste per beneficiary. In other news, Medicare officials warn Pennsylvania health plans that they could face fines if they don’t fix their directories.

Federal Judge Temporarily Halts Rule Limiting Groups Paying Premiums For Dialysis Patients

KHN Morning Briefing

The judge blocked the rule for two weeks. The rule would require dialysis providers to disclose to insurers any charitable assistance their patients are receiving to help pay for their coverage. Federal officials have raised concerns that such assistance may push patients away from Medicare or Medicaid coverage to private insurers, who end up paying more for the treatments.

Sen. Sherrod Brown Offers Bill To Allow Medicare To Negotiate Drug Prices

KHN Morning Briefing

The strategy, he says, would help lower prescription costs for the government and seniors. Also, Florida lawmakers are weighing a bill that would bar insurance companies from increasing a customer’s prescription costs or changing the list of covered drugs during the contract year.