The Hill: Why the Older Americans Act matters to citizens of all ages

By Larry Minnix, president and CEO of LeadingAge  May was Older Americans Month, a time when many in the U.S. celebrate the contributions that older Americans continue to make in our communities. Though the month has come to a close, we turn our attention to important legislation that has a profound effect on our country’s … Continue reading

The Hill: Medicaid expansion is next top healthcare challenge, advocates say

By Sarah Ferris  Medicaid expansion in two dozen states remains one of the biggest hurdles to guaranteeing healthcare coverage after the rollout of ObamaCare, according to a new report from Families USA. Unless the remaining 23 states opt to expand the eligibility for the low-income insurance program, millions of people will continue to lack affordable … Continue reading

The Hill: Boehner: House will vote again to repeal O-Care

Greg Nash By Elise Viebeck – 11/06/14 02:00 PM EST Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) said the House will vote once again next year to repeal ObamaCare, along with a slew of other piecemeal attacks on the law. Boehner highlighted the issue at his first post-election press conference Thursday, saying that having President Obama in the … Continue reading

The Hill: Analysis: Millions more would be insured if Supreme Court upheld Medicaid expansion

By Sarah Ferris An extra 3 million people would have gained health insurance if the Supreme Court had ruled in favor of the Obama administration’s Medicaid plans two years ago, according to new data. If all states had expanded their eligibility for the low-income insurance program, the percent of people without insurance nationwide would have … 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

The Hill: Report: Medicare agency not doing enough to stop duplicate audits

By Ferdous Al-Faruque  The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) must do a better job of ensuring its auditors aren’t conducting duplicate reviews of payments to healthcare providers, according to the Government Accountability Office. While the CMS has improved its oversight of contractors, the accountability office said the agency still can’t reliably ensure that … Continue reading

The Hill: Medicaid enrollments top 7M under O-Care

By Elise Viebeck Medicaid and CHIP sign-ups have exceeded 7 million since ObamaCare’s new coverage options opened for enrollment last October, the government reported Friday.  The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced that 7.2 million people have gained health insurance through Medicaid or the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP), both designed to serve … Continue reading

The Hill: GAO: Health programs distributed billions in improper payments

By Elise Viebeck – 07/09/14 03:35 PM EDT Medicare and Medicaid accounted for the majority of the estimated $105 billion in improper payments distributed by the government last year, federal investigators said Wednesday in a report.  Traditional Medicare, Medicare Advantage and Medicaid paid out a total of $62.2 billion in improper payments in 2013, the Government Accountability Office … Continue reading

The Hill: Medicare charges vary by hospital, report finds

Getty Images By Ferdous Al-Faruque  A Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services report released Monday shows that Medicare charges for the same procedure in the same city can vary by tens of thousands of dollars. CMS reviewed data on how much Medicare services cost at hospitals versus doctor’s offices and the difference in costs for non-Medicare patients and … 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

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