Healthcare providers and insurers were busy implementing healthcare reform in 2014, millions of uninsured Americans gained coverage, and healthcare spending growth remained modest even as partisan warfare over the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act continued in full force.
HHS has ruled that all medical malpractice claims that include a written demand for payment must be reported to a national database even if the cases are resolved under state programs designed to settle the matters outside of court.
Management failures by the Obama administration set the stage for computer woes that paralyzed the president's new healthcare program last fall, nonpartisan investigators said in a report released Wednesday.
Friends and foes of Obamacare are waiting nervously this week for the U.S. Supreme Court to hand down its decision in a case that could determine the extent to which for-profit corporations can ignore government requirements on the grounds of religious freedom.
Kathleen Sebelius is accustomed to hostile crowds. During her tenure as HHS secretary, Sebelius spent hours enduring antagonistic questions from members of Congress, especially following the disastrous launch of the federal HealthCare.gov website last fall.
Federal officials are renewing strong warnings to hospitals and drug companies not to use charities as fronts to illegally funnel money to patients.
Sylvia Mathews Burwell, President Barack Obama's nominee to replace Kathleen Sebelius as head of HHS, cleared the Senate Finance Committee on a 21-3 vote Wednesday with bipartisan support.
A grand jury is investigating Oregon's troubled health insurance exchange website, one of the most dysfunctional and expensive coverage marketplace flops in the nation.
Two former high-ranking federal officials are alleging that HHS is trying to gain authority that would allow it to hide information on malpractice cases against some of its doctors—information that would be publicly reported if the incidents happened at community hospitals and clinics.
President Barack Obama's pick to be the nation's new health secretary faced some pointed questions Wednesday over the health care law, but she also won praise as Republican senators largely passed up the chance for an all-out assault on "Obamacare."
Sylvia Mathews Burwell faced few tough questions during her first Senate hearing on Thursday and appears poised to be approved as the next HHS secretary with bipartisan support.
Michael Hash, director of HHS' Office of Health Reform and a key figure in implementing the federal healthcare law, is retiring. Hash becomes the latest top HHS official to step down in recent weeks as the first open enrollment period under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act concluded.