Health care news from around the web: Nov. 13 – 17, 2017

Written on Nov 15, 2017

State Medicaid directors hoping to get some clarity
Medicaid directors from around the country are eagerly waiting to hear CMS Administrator Seema Verma speak about her agency's willingness to give them more flexibility in how their programs are run.

GOP tax cut plan could force providers to close up shop, group says
A tax cuts bill released Nov. 2 by House lawmakers could be “devastating” for long-term care providers, according to the nation's largest nonprofit provider group.

Health care price growth plummets to lowest rate in almost two years
Fueled by health policy uncertainty and structural health sector changes, health care price growth in August rose by only 1.2% compared to a year earlier. This is the lowest health price growth rate recorded in almost 2 years, and just slightly above the all-time low.

New Blockchain-based startups create new opportunities for health care
Blockchain can provide a new foundation and structure for health information management by making electronic medical records more efficient, without intermediaries and empowering patients to be the owners of their own records.

Tech Corner - Eavesdropper bug exposes millions of texts, calls
The vulnerability was introduced when developers hardcoded their credentials in mobile apps using the Twilio Rest API or SDK for communications services.

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