California Budget and Policy Center: Twelve Key Health and Human Services Issues in the 2015-16 Budget Debate: Which Way Forward?

By Scott Graves With just two weeks remaining until the Legislature’s June 15 deadline for passing a budget bill, state policymakers are at odds over whether — and by how much — California should boost funding for an array of health and human services in 2015-16, the fiscal year that begins this coming July 1. … Continue reading

The Hill: HHS unveils $840M initiative to reform doctors’ offices

By Elise Viebeck Federal health officials unveiled a new initiative Thursday aimed at improving care and cost-effectiveness in individual medical practices. The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) will spend $840 million over four years with the goal of helping 150,000 doctors modernize their day-to-day work in ways that improve patient care and reduce … Continue reading

CMS & Department of Health and Human Services: Report to Congress Fraud Prevention System Second Implementation Year

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NY Times: Burwell Wins Confirmation as Secretary of Health

Sylvia Mathews Burwell testified before the Senate in May. Credit Gabriella Demczuk/The New York Times

By ROBERT PEAR    Sylvia Mathews Burwell testified before the Senate in May. CreditGabriella Demczuk/The New York Times WASHINGTON — The Senate on Thursday confirmed the nomination of Sylvia Mathews Burwell to be secretary of health and human services, which will make her responsible for delivering health insurance to more than one-third of all Americans. Ms. Burwell was confirmed … Continue reading

The Hill: HHS to grant $840M to improve healthcare systems

By Ferdous Al-Faruque  States will be eligible to win federal grants under a new program intended to improve the healthcare system while reducing costs. The Department of Health and Human Services plans to dole out up to $730 million to states under its State Innovation Model initiative, which is intended to help states come up with … Continue reading


  No New Proposals to Restore Health and Human Service Programs Including Early Start No Changes Proposed to Governor’s January IHSS Federal Over-Time Proposals That Cap IHSS Worker Hours to 40 Hours Per Week Public Stakeholder Conference Call Briefing on Budget Revisions By CA Health & Human Services Agency Secretary Dooley at 2 PM Today … Continue reading

Bloomberg: Sebelius Decision to Resign May Shift Debate on Obamacare

By Alex Wayne, Julianna Goldman and Drew Armstrong After topping initial enrollment projections for Obamacare, Kathleen Sebelius, the U.S. health secretary, leaves her successor, Sylvia Mathews Burwell, an agency with numerous challenges to ultimately make the law work. The 2010 Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act faces continued battles in court and in Congress, where Republicans … Continue reading

California Healthline: Sebelius Announces Three Affordable Care Act Deadline Extensions

On Thursday, HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius on Thursdayannounced that her department is implementing a trio of Affordable Care Act deadline extensions intended to ease the transition to coverage in the law’s new insurance marketplaces in 2014, Modern Healthcare reports (Demko, Modern Healthcare, 12/12). Sebelius said that changes were prompted by the various technical issues that plagued the online marketplaces … Continue reading

California Healthline: HHS Awards California $5.2M To Create Health Care Pricing Database

HHS has awarded the California Department of Insurance a $5.2 million grant to establish a database that will collect and disseminate health care pricing information to state residents,Payers & Providers reports (Shinkman, Payers & Providers, 9/26). Background on HHS Grants In May, CMS released data for the 100 most common inpatient procedures at U.S. hospitals. It found that hospitals … Continue reading

California Healthline: HHS To Unveil Grant Distribution for Navigator Program Next Week

HHS is preparing to announce next week how it will distribute $54 million in grants through the Affordable Care Act’s insurance exchange “navigator” program, Modern Healthcare reports (Lee,Modern Healthcare, 8/8). According to the Wall Street Journal, the announcement is expected on Aug. 15, which leaves “just 32 business days” for officials in nearly three dozen states to hire … Continue reading

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