October 01, 2013
As Congress has failed to pass legislation to continue funding the federal government, the Department of Health and Human Services has furloughed more than half of its employees. Medicare and Medicaid funding will survive, at least in the short term.
September 09, 2013
States should adopt the Medicare competitive bidding payment amounts to purchase medical equipment instead of the higher Medicaid fee schedule amounts, according to a report from the HHS Office of Inspector General.
September 06, 2013
Contractors hired by Medicare to audit the payment records of healthcare providers have a good track record spotting improper billing, the HHS Inspector General concluded in a recent report, but legitimate concerns about their efficacy exist.
July 30, 2013
Medicare patients' chances of being admitted to the hospital or kept for observation depend on what hospital they go to -- even when their symptoms are the same, says a new report by the HHS Inspector General.
July 23, 2013
Policy solutions have the potential to create a better system of care for geriatric patients.
June 12, 2013
The ACA's Pre-Existing Condition Insurance Plan (PCIP) program is a temporary high-risk health insurance program for uninsured individuals who have been denied health insurance because of a pre-existing condition.
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 15, 2013
The federal government has uncovered a string of alleged Medicare fraud attempts totalling $223 million and involving 89 individuals in eight cities.
May 07, 2013
On April 10, 2013, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) and the Department of Health and Human Services Office of Inspector General (OIG) published parallel proposed rules revising, respectively, the Stark exception and Anti-Kickback safe harbor concerning electronic health record (EHR) items and services.
April 30, 2013
A new report from the Brookings Institution offers a framework for person-centered care that provides sustainable lowered costs and promotes higher quality care.
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 26, 2013
The national plan to tackle Alzheimer's disease made strides in its first year but has much more ground to cover said witnesses testifying during a hearing Wednesday before the U.S. Senate's Special Committee on Aging.
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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March 26, 2013
The Department of Health and Human Services' Office for Civil Rights (OCR) says it will survey the 115 HIPAA-covered entities that were audited last year to gain insight about their audit experiences.
March 11, 2013
The HIPAA Privacy and Security Omnibus final rule – issued by HHS on Jan. 17 – should bring some long-awaited clarification and certainty to marketing, fundraising and other aspects of safeguarding and using health information.
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February 22, 2013
The Department of Health and Human Services has published final rules for essential health benefits and several other policies that clarify rules on mental health benefits.
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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.
February 04, 2013
For the third time since it first introduced its plans to require women's preventive health services including coverage for contraception under employer-sponsored health plans, the Department of Health and Human Services on Friday announced a modified set of proposed rules aimed at allaying the objections of religious organizations to the mandate.
January 28, 2013
Richard S. Foster is retiring this week after 18 years as the chief actuary for the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. He recently sat down to discuss the highs and lows of his career with Mary Agnes Carey of Kaiser Health News.
January 17, 2013
On January 8, 2013, the Obama Administration published its latest semiannual regulatory agenda, outlining planned regulatory initiatives in a number of policy areas.