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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Department of HHS: PREMIUM AFFORDABILITY, COMPETITION, AND CHOICE IN THE HEALTH INSURANCE MARKETPLACE, 2014 A central feature of the Affordable Care Act is the establishment of the Health Insurance Marketplace (“Marketplace”) where consumers can purchase health insurance plans in a competitive market. Consumers may be eligible for financial assistance to offset the cost of premiums, if … Continue reading

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

HHS: Historic release of data gives consumers unprecedented transparency on the medical services physicians provide and how much they are paid

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE April 9, 2014 Contact: HHS Press Office (202) 690-6343 Historic release of data gives consumers unprecedented transparency on the medical services physicians provide and how much they are paid Today, as part of the Obama administration’s work to make our health care system more transparent, affordable, and accountable, Health and Human Services … Continue reading

U-T San Diego: Health care agency passes $1 trillion milestone

By RICARDO ALONSO-ZALDIVAR Associated Press  FILE – In this Dec. 11, 2013, file photo, Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington. President Barack Obama’s budget pushes the HHS budget over $1 trillion for the first time, reflecting an aging population adding to the Medicare rolls, as well as expanded … Continue reading

The Hill: HHS touts jump in Medicaid eligibility

By Jonathan Easley The number of people eligible for Medicaid jumped again in January, according to federal health officials. The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) reported Friday that more than 8.9 million people were approved to receive either Medicaid or the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) between October and January.  Roughly 2.6 million of … 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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