Participants lost weight and learned about healthy living while Medicare saved enough money per person to pay for the program and then some. HHS hopes the program's success will inspire employers and insurers to develop their own wellness programs. Experts say history shows they might.
Federal health officials plan to spend $94 million to help more than 270 health centers expand substance abuse treatment services in an effort to combat the opioid and heroin epidemic.
Robert McSwain on Tuesday resigned as principal deputy of the Indian Health Service, which provides healthcare and disease- prevention services to about 2.2 million Native Americans and Alaska natives, and has more than 15,000 employees.
MedPAC is wrapping up work on a report that outlines a unified payment system for post-acute care settings. The panel will vote on a formal report next month. It also plans to suggest the CMS accelerate its timeline of when the new pay scheme will see the light of day.
A Texas community is rallying HHS to allow a local hospital to increase the number of its beds. Residents say Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital needs to grow to properly catch up with an uptick in local population and to prepare for natural disasters.
HHS' Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology is pushing nurses across the nation to use the LOINC (Logical Observation Identifiers Names and Codes) and Snomed (Systematized Nomenclature of Medicine) codes in electronic health records.
The 17 IT companies that made the pledge include Allscripts, Athenahealth, Cerner Corp., Epic Systems and Meditech. They provide record systems to 90% of U.S. hospitals. Providers include Ascension, Geisinger, HCA, Intermountain and Kaiser Permanente.
The White House's fiscal 2017 budget proposal would allow the HHS secretary to negotiate prices for biologics and other exceptionally expensive drugs for Medicare patients, and would more quickly close the "doughnut hole" coverage gap.
HHS wants to revise a stringent federal rule governing the privacy of medical records of drug, alcohol-abuse and many behavioral-health patients.
HHS says that 12.7 million people signed up for 2016 coverage through the insurance exchanges, well within previously stated expectations. Now the Obama administration must ensure that the risk pool evens out so that premiums will stabilize and insurers will remain interested in selling the plans.
Roughly 12.7 million Americans signed up for a health plan on the federal and state insurance exchanges by the end of the Affordable Care Act's third open enrollment. But the exchanges still face industry criticism.
Two congressional committee chairmen say they might issue a subpoena to get information from the HHS on the funding of an Affordable Care Act program available to states.