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Burwell taps Fitzpayne for chief of staff position

By Paul Demko  |  October 30, 2014

Alastair Fitzpayne has been named chief of staff to HHS Secretary Sylvia Mathews Burwell. Fitzpayne has been with the Treasury Department since 2009, where he currently serves as the agency's top congressional liaison.

DeSalvo appears to be staying on, for now, at ONC

DeSalvo appears to be staying on, for now, at ONC

By Joseph Conn  |  October 28, 2014

To paraphrase Mark Twain, news of Dr. Karen DeSalvo's departure from the top job at the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology has been somewhat exaggerated.

Conn. exchange chief named CEO of HealthCare.gov

Conn. exchange chief named CEO of HealthCare.gov

By Darius Tahir  |  October 25, 2014

Kevin Counihan, who headed Connecticut's successful state-based Obamacare exchange, has tough challenges ahead as the first CEO of HealthCare.gov, the federal insurance exchange that serves 36 states.

DeSalvo leaving ONC for Ebola response team

DeSalvo leaving ONC for Ebola response team

By Joseph Conn and Darius Tahir  |  October 23, 2014

Dr. Karen DeSalvo, national coordinator for health information technology at HHS, is leaving that position to become acting assistant secretary of health, effective immediately, sources tell Modern Healthcare.

Extendicare paying $38 million fine for poor quality care, and other briefs

By Modern Healthcare  |  October 11, 2014

Extendicare Health Services, a long-term-care provider, and subsidiary Progressive Step Corp., a rehabilitation services company, will pay $38 million to the federal government and eight states to resolve allegations that they billed Medicare and Medicaid for substandard services and...

PhRMA again challenges 340B rule on orphan-drug discounts

By Adam Rubenfire  |  October 10, 2014

The pharmaceutical industry has gone back to court to block a rule that allows safety net hospitals to buy so-called orphan drugs at a discount through the 340B program to treat non-orphan conditions or diseases.

HealthCare.gov will still have 'imperfections,' Burwell says

HealthCare.gov will still have 'imperfections,' Burwell says

By Paul Demko  |  October 09, 2014

HHS Secretary Sylvia Mathews Burwell acknowledged on Wednesday that HealthCare.gov is still a work in progress, with little more than a month before the start of the next open-enrollment period through the state and federal exchanges.

Beware the sophomore slump

Beware the sophomore slump

By Merrill Goozner, Editor  |  September 27, 2014

All the trends are positive as the insurance industry, the government and healthcare reform advocates gear up for the second year of open enrollment on the federal and state-run insurance exchanges.

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