Judge rules in favor of HHS in health plan lawsuit on Medicare Advantage star rating calculations

Photo: monkeybusinessimages/Getty Images A federal judge on Tuesday ruled in favor of the Department of Health and Human Services and against three health plans which had sought to overturn a decision by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services on how Medicare Advantage star ratings were calculated during the COVID-19 pandemic. Senior United States District… Read More »

‘Most infectious Covid strain’ is here

Victorian authorities have dropped a bombshell revelation that the most infectious Covid-19 strain — called Delta — has arrived in Australia. B. 1.617.2 is the same coronavirus strain that has decimated India and is also causing concerns in the United Kingdom. Victorian chief health officer Professor Brett Sutton told reporters that seven cases of the… Read More »

Many New Moms Get Kicked Off Medicaid 2 Months After Giving Birth. Illinois Will Change That.

The U.S. is the only industrialized nation in which the maternal death rate has been rising. Each year, about 700 deaths are due to pregnancy, childbirth or subsequent complications, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. When someone dies while pregnant or within a year of childbirth in Illinois, that’s considered a maternal death. Karen Tabb Dina is… Read More »