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HHS reissues disputed 340B policy on orphan-drug discounts
By Jaimy Lee | July 26, 2014 | Print Magazine Print Magazine Subscription Details
HHS has issued an interpretive rule requiring drug companies to provide discounts on orphan drugs sold through the federal 340B drug discount program, just months after a federal judge struck down its previous version of the rule.
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Slavitt named second-in-command at CMS
By Paul Demko | July 26, 2014 | Print Magazine Print Magazine Subscription Details
Andrew Slavitt has huge responsibilities and challenges ahead as the new second-in-command at the CMS.
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Former Wal-Mart exec joins HHS
By Bob Herman | July 24, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
HHS Secretary Sylvia Mathews Burwell announced Wednesday that Leslie Dach, a former executive for Wal-Mart Stores, has joined the agency as senior counselor. Dach, 60, will assist with the health insurance exchanges' second open-enrollment period, and work with HHS staff and nongovernmental...
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4th Circuit upholds ACA insurance subsidies
By Joe Carlson | July 22, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
Federal judges in Richmond., Va., unanimously upheld the legality of subsidies for insurance exchanges in every state Tuesday. The ruling came roughly two hours after a panel of judges in Washington ruled subsidies on federal exchanges were illegal under language in the Patient Protection and...
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HHS makes plans to monitor insurance exchanges
By Darius Tahir | July 19, 2014 | Print Magazine Print Magazine Subscription Details
HHS' watchdog agency will be scrutinizing the Obamacare insurance exchanges over the accuracy of payments to insurers and providers, consumer eligibility for premium subsidies, information technology contracting, and the security and privacy of information.
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Obamacare signups suspected of being flawed; GOP to investigate
By Paul Demko | July 12, 2014 | Print Magazine Print Magazine Subscription Details
The 2014 open enrollment period ended on a triumphant note for the Obama administration with more than 8 million individuals ultimately signed up for healthcare coverage.
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Howard Koh leaving HHS, and other news makers
By Modern Healthcare | July 12, 2014 | Print Magazine Print Magazine Subscription Details
Dr. Howard Koh is stepping down as assistant secretary for health at HHS after five years in the post. Koh's primary focus was disease prevention, including oversight of the Office of the Surgeon General.
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Koh departing Obama administration
By Paul Demko | July 10, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
Dr. Howard Koh is stepping down as assistant secretary for health at HHS after five years in the post. Koh's primary focus was disease prevention, including oversight of the Office of the Surgeon General.
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Vital Signs
Funding cuts continue for hospital disaster preparedness program
By Steven Ross Johnson | July 08, 2014
Federal health officials recently awarded more than $800 million to state and local health departments and healthcare systems to improve their emergency preparedness, an amount that represents a continuing cutback for hospitals, compared with funding levels from years past.
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Hobby Lobby ruling may impact employer coverage
By Joe Carlson | July 05, 2014 | Print Magazine Print Magazine Subscription Details
The U.S. Supreme Court may have laid the groundwork for a shift away from employer-sponsored health plans by exempting closely held corporations from a federal regulation requiring insurance coverage for contraceptives, some experts say.
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