February 20, 2012
Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius announced Thursday that consumers will soon begin receiving unprecedented information on the value of their health insurance coverage, and some will receive rebates from insurance companies that spend less than 80 percent of their premium dollars on healthcare.
January 23, 2012
Despite efforts by some religious organizations to be exempt from its provisions, the Obama Administration announced Friday that employers must offer health benefits that provide coverage for contraceptive services without charging a co-pay, co-insurance or a deductible.
December 20, 2011
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services announced the 32 health systems that will participate in the Pioneer Accountable Care Organization program, which government officials say could save Medicare as much as $1.1 billion.
February 22, 2011
Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Kathleen Sebelius announced Tuesday that 13 states have been awarded $45 million in new funds under the Affordable Care Act to assist Medicaid beneficiaries with moving out of institutions and into their own homes or other community settings.
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.
February 16, 2012
Government Health IT Editor Tom Sullivan examines the possibility of an ICD-10 delay causing the U.S. to move directly to ICD-11.
January 04, 2012
Recently, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius took a look back and recounted some of the department's biggest accomplishments in 2011. From discounting brand name prescriptions for seniors to helping prevent the nearly 2 million heart attacks and strokes every year, the HHS' efforts resulted not only in a healthier America but significant cost savings across the industry.
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.
May 06, 2011
The proposed regulations for accountable care organizations released March 31 by the Department of Health and Human Services represent one of the first delivery-reform initiatives to be implemented under the Affordable Care Act.
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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.
September 17, 2010
The federal government will give healthcare workforce training a boost with $130.8 million in grants, Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius announced Friday.
July 08, 2011
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services released a report this week showing that 10 states lack sufficient authority under current law to review and reject excessive health insurance rate increases as required under the Affordable Care Act. Beginning Sept. 1 CMS will begin review of all rate hikes in excess of 10 percent for these states.
October 01, 2010
The Department of Health and Human Services on Friday launched online information designed to make health plans' denial rates available to the public.
March 31, 2011
The new proposed regulations on accountable care organizations, released Thursday by the Department of Health and Human Services, launch one of the first delivery-reform initiatives to be implemented under the Accountable Care Act.
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May 11, 2009
In this video from the US Health Reform YouTube channel, HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius speaks at the AFCSME's 12 National Nurses Congress about the need for healthcare reform.
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.
October 01, 2009
HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius has announced 63 awards totaling more than $7.6 million to help states recruit healthcare clinicians and alleviate their debt burden.
June 11, 2010
Federal officials announced Friday they will launch a $25 million project expected to be the largest-ever federal investment connecting patient safety and medical liability.
August 30, 2010
Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius has announced the expansion of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services' Rural Community Hospital demonstration program.
September 01, 2011
The Department of Health and Human Services on Wednesday awarded $40 million in grants to public health departments across the country to help them strengthen their infrastructure, performance and efficiency and to create new jobs.