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Medicare to cover Novo’s obesity drug for some patients

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Two weeks after the FDA updated Wegovy’s label, Medicare changed its stance to allow people with a history of heart disease to receive treatment, a shift that could further boost access to the fast-selling medicine.

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Cigna is still interested in Medicare

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The health insurer sees Medicare Advantage as an area for future growth, despite selling the division for $3.7 billion earlier this week. Cigna’s CEO called the sale a “win-win” on a call with investors Friday.

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Medicare Advantage beneficiaries receive fewer home health visits, study finds

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Medicare Advantage beneficiaries were also less likely to improve self-care and mobility function, according to research published in JAMA Health Forum.

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CMS to get ‘tougher’ on Medicare Advantage, official promises

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CMS Deputy Administrator Jon Blum signaled regulators could increasingly crack down on bad actors in the MA program, which now covers more than half of Medicare seniors.

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Humana sues HHS over Medicare Advantage audits

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The payer, which brings in the bulk of its revenue from Medicare, is fighting back against a rule finalized earlier this year to claw back overpayments in the increasingly popular MA program.

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MA spending to outstrip traditional Medicare by $88B this year: MedPAC

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MedPAC released the data Friday during a contentious meeting where members argued over the efficacy of Medicare Advantage.

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Medicare go-broke date pushed back to 2031

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The date Medicare’s hospital trust fund is expected to run dry has been extended by three years, but stakeholders continue to urge action from Washington to address Medicare’s long-term solvency.

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