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New HealthCare.gov contractor may be announced this week

New HealthCare.gov contractor may be announced this week

By Shannon Muchmore  |  August 08, 2015

A CMS spokeswoman said the new contractor responsible for overseeing the HealthCare.gov website could be made public this week.The previous contractor, Optum, announced in May that it was stepping away from the job. That contract ended July 31.

Blog: GAO to CMS: 'I told you so' on Medicaid advice

By Virgil Dickson  |  July 31, 2015

To celebrate Medicaid's 50th birthday, the Government Accountability Office is taking a look at all the ways it has told the CMS to improve the program, but the agency has yet to act on.

Hospitals slam GAO report criticizing 340B drug program

Hospitals slam GAO report criticizing 340B drug program

By Virgil Dickson  |  July 11, 2015

Hospitals say the Government Accountability Office used faulty methodology when it found that hospitals that serve high numbers of low-income patients abuse a federal drug discount by overprescribing medications. HHS raised similar concerns about the findings.

Additional FDA action needed to mitigate drug shortages

Additional FDA action needed to mitigate drug shortages

By Curtis Rooney  |  May 08, 2015

Drug shortages, such as those involving saline solution and the antibiotic piperacillin/tazobactam that are currently challenging hospitals, represent a complex problem that affects the ability of hospitals and other healthcare providers to treat their most vulnerable patients. Though recent...

Questions mount on VA cost overruns, delays

Questions mount on VA cost overruns, delays

By Andis Robeznieks  |  March 28, 2015

“Good riddance.” That was the two-word statement issued by U.S. Rep. Jared Polis (D-Colo.) on hearing the news that Glenn Haggstrom, the Veterans Affairs Department chief of acquisition, logistics and construction, had resigned last week.

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