Under new guidelines, 80% of adults 65 and older will qualify for high blood pressure

The American Heart Association and the American College of Cardiology issued a new guideline for high blood pressure, pushing the number of adults who qualify for this health risk factor from 75 million under the previous standard, to 103 million. High blood pressure is considered only second to smoking as a preventable cause of heart attacks and strokes, with heart disease in the lead as the biggest killer of Americans.
The new high blood pressure guideline …

CMS Administrator Verma announces new initiatives for Medicaid to give states more freedom

Yesterday, Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Administrator Seema Verma discussed her vision for the future of Medicaid and unveiled new CMS policies that encourage states to propose innovative Medicaid reforms, reduce federal regulatory burdens, increase efficiency, and promote transparency and accountability during a plenary session at the National Association of Medicaid Directors (NAMD) Fall Conference in Arlington, Virginia.
During her first major speech on the subject, Verma noted that when the federal government established …

CMS announces new Medicaid policy to combat the opioid crisis by increasing access to treatment options

Approves demonstrations in both New Jersey and Utah
Last week, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced a new policy to allow states to design demonstration projects that increase access to treatment for opioid use disorder (OUD) and other substance use disorders (SUD). CMS’s new demonstration policy responds to the President’s directive and provides states with greater flexibility to design programs that improve access to high quality, clinically appropriate treatment. In addition, CMS is …

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