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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.

Clinicians have another chance to influence how the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act (MACRA) measures meaningful use, as CMS will be taking suggestions on new measures through June 30.

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Judging by 28 different metrics, Vermont offers the highest-quality and most cost-efficient care for children, according to a new study from personal finance website WalletHub, while Nevada struggles with limited access to care and poor oral health among those under the age of 18. 

Healthcare costs have continued to rise above the rate of inflation as more jobs were created in the industry, but as California Healthline reports, trying to cut the former will lead to fewer of the latter.

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Medical equipment giant Becton, Dickinson and Co. (BD) is getting bigger, announcing a $24 billion cash-and-stock deal to acquire CR Bard, including its portfolio in oncology, vascular and surgical products.

Vivek Murthy, MD, is no longer Surgeon General, though the explanation of how he departed from the role depends on whom you ask.

California prosecutors charged 26 physicians, pharmacists and business owners in an alleged billing fraud and kickback scheme that collected more than $40 million from insurers by prescribing unnecessary medications or balms which had no medical value. 

Fears that repealing the Affordable Care Act (ACA) would reverse years of efforts to lower cost and improve quality are “overblown,” according to health policy fellows from a conservative think tank writing in Health Affairs.

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Chip Kahn, president and CEO of the Federation of American Hospitals, gave a harsh assessment of current quality measurement processes at a Health Affairs forum in Washington, D.C. 

Conditions got so bad in Benchmark Healthcare’s Festus, Missouri, nursing home that the state took the rare step of shutting it down and moving out its 60 residents last year—and its owner may have explained why in pleading guilty to two counts of fraud in federal court.

Republicans in Congress are under pressure from President Donald Trump to quickly push forward on a bill to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act (ACA), according to multiple news sources, but for each comment saying the majority party is close to an agreement, there seems to be another denying it.