May 15, 2013
As the GOP-controlled House of Representatives prepares again to vote this week on a repeal of the 2010 health law, some key Republican senators have seized on recent news developments to show their ire.
May 09, 2013
In an effort to take the first steps toward a more transparent pricing structure in the U.S. healthcare market, the Center for Medicare & Medicaid Services yesterday published nationwide hospital charge data showing wide variations in how much Medicare pays for services in different markets.
April 26, 2013
Sen. Tom Harkin (D-Iowa) has put a halt to what appeared to be smooth sailing for Marilyn Tavenner to officially take the helm of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS). Prior to Wednesday's budget hearing, Harkin put a hold on Tavenner’s nomination.
April 11, 2013
As President Barack Obama takes his budget and deficit-reduction proposals to Congress and the public, the Department of Health and Human Services has unveiled its proposed budget for the 2014 fiscal year.
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February 20, 2013
Two percent cuts may not sound deep, but the sequester, scheduled to start March 1 unless Congress acts, will be painful, and has the healthcare industry worried.
February 05, 2013
Leaders of healthcare policy encouraged the industry to speed up the rate of change during a keynote address at the National Health Policy Conference Monday in Washington, D.C.
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February 04, 2013
Carolyn Clancy, MD, will step down as director of the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) after 10 years leading the organization.
January 16, 2013
A proposed rule from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services released January 14, outlines further details about the standards and systems for states' health insurance exchanges, Medicaid and the Children's Health Insurance Programs (CHIP).
December 14, 2012
Eleven Republican governors sent a letter to President Barack Obama Thursday requesting a meeting to discuss the details and costs associated with Medicaid expansion as outlined in the Affordable Care Act.
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November 08, 2012
Following the devastation of post-tropical storm Sandy last week, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) issued blanket waivers of particular requirements that include all hospitals, skilled nursing facilities, home health agencies, hospice and end-stage renal disease facilities in the areas of New York and New Jersey that were strongly affected by the storm.
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September 26, 2012
Amid emerging evidence that some hospitals may be using electronic health records (EHRs) to "game the system" by either cloning or "upcoding" claims, Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius and U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder sent a warning letter Monday to the CEOs of five hospital associations that such activity will not be tolerated.
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September 20, 2012
Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius announced Tuesday that Medicare Advantage (MA) plans are projected to increase enrollment by 11 percent in 2013 and that average premium prices will remain unchanged. The news follows last month’s announcement that Medicare Part D prescription drug plan premiums would also hold steady.
August 20, 2012
A legal challenge to the Affordable Care Act's restriction on doctors owning hospitals was foiled last week when the U.S. Court of Appeals in Houston dismissed an appeal from Physician Hospitals of America and the Texas Spine & Joint Hospital.
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August 07, 2012
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) on Aug. 7 released an interim final rule for making healthcare claim payments electronically and describing adjustments to claim payments. The department expects this next step in the adoption of operating rules to save up to $9 billion over the next 10 years.
July 13, 2012
In what is shaping up as the first state-federal showdown on Medicaid following the Supreme Court's ruling on President Barack Obama's health law, Maine is moving ahead with plans to cut about 38,000 people from its rolls to balance its state budget.
July 10, 2012
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services has added 89 more accountable care organizations (ACOs) to coordinate care and improve quality for Medicare patients in 40 states and Washington, D.C.
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June 19, 2012
A growing number of hospitals around the U.S. have adopted policies that ban discrimination against lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) patients according to a report released Tuesday by the Human Rights Campaign Foundation.
June 18, 2012
The recipients of 81 new Health Care Innovation Awards were announced last week by U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius.
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June 08, 2012
As women’s health issues have been in the spotlight in recent months and as the healthcare law hangs in the balance waiting for a ruling from the U.S. Supreme Court, the Obama administration is in high gear to promote the law’s benefits.
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May 16, 2012
The Obama administration released the country's first national plan to address Alzheimer's disease on Tuesday. Calling it a roadmap, Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius said the new national plan "addresses every aspect of what it is to confront Alzheimer's disease."