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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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.
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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.
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.
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.
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.
February 20, 2009
Gov. Kathleen Sebelius (D-Kan.), a potential pick for the open HHS post in Obama's administration, discusses children's health insurance in this video posted on YouTube by DemocraticGovernors.
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.
September 13, 2009
Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius has awarded $33 million to expand the training of healthcare professionals.
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.
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.
January 04, 2010
The American College of Cardiology has filed a lawsuit against Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius over pending Medicare physician payment cuts.
September 02, 2009
American pharmaceutical corporation Pfizer Inc. and its subsidiary Pharmacia & Upjohn Company Inc. have agreed to pay $2.3 billion to settle criminal and civil liability from marketing fraud.
February 16, 2010
While health insurance reform is stalled on Capitol Hill, Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Kathleen Sebelius is taking matters into her own hands.