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GOP questions Medicaid oversight in Mass., Puerto Rico
By By Virgil Dickson | October 13, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
Senior congressional Republicans have given CMS Administrator Marilyn Tavenner until Nov. 24 to answer questions about whether her agency is applying proper oversight of Medicaid spending in Massachusetts and Puerto Rico.
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ONC official says high cost of EHR data-sharing harms competition
By By Darius Tahir | October 10, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
Concerns about electronic health-record interoperability and data-sharing, the expense of such sharing and the impact of large players in dominating the market all were raised by an ONC official during a presentation Friday at an Alexandria, Va., conference.
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Reform Update: Generic drugs' high prices spur fears of failed drug adherence
By By Virgil Dickson | October 09, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
Faced with the rising costs of generic prescription drugs, health insurers increasingly are turning to tiers and preferred lists on their formularies to keep costs down. Those strategies previously were used only for brand-name and specialty drugs.
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Medicare premiums, deductibles won't increase in 2015
By By Paul Demko | October 09, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
Premiums and deductibles for Medicare Part B beneficiaries will remain flat for a second straight year, HHS announced Wednesday. In 2015, seniors with incomes below $85,000 will pay a $104.90 monthly premium and face a deductible of $147.
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Lawmakers approve $700 million to fight Ebola
By Associated Press | October 09, 2014
The Republican chairmen of House panels that oversee the Pentagon signed off Thursday on an additional $700 million to pay for the military mission to help fight Africa's deadly Ebola outbreak.
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Home healthcare minimum wage enforcement delayed six months
By By Virgil Dickson | October 07, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
The Department of Labor is delaying plans to enforce a rule that called for minimum wage and overtime requirements for home healthcare workers.
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U.S. working on new screenings for Ebola but no travel ban
October 07, 2014
President Barack Obama said on Monday that the government would develop expanded screening of airline passengers for Ebola, both in the West African countries hit by the disease and the U.S. However, the White House said that a ban on travel from West African countries, which some U.S. officials...
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VA moves to ax four senior execs in scandal response
By Associated Press | October 07, 2014
The Veterans Affairs Department said it is firing four senior executives as officials move to crack down on wrongdoing following a nationwide scandal over long wait times for veterans seeking medical care, and falsified records covering up the delays.
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Community health centers hoping for funding extension during lame-duck session
By By Paul Demko | October 06, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
Community health centers face a funding cliff at the end of this fiscal year. More than 1,200 facilities nationwide are receiving $3.5 billion in funding this year that was included in the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. That's roughly 70% of the federal funding available to the centers...
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Reform Update: HHS seeks to relax fraud and abuse rules to spur care innovation
By By Paul Demko | October 03, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
The Obama administration is trying to reduce legal barriers to coordinating care and giving patients the products and services they need to improve their health, such as transportation to medical appointments and blood-pressure cuffs.
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