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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.

GAO to HHS: Keep working on HealthCare.gov improvements

By Virgil Dickson  |  March 05, 2015

HealthCare.gov still has issues that need to be addressed to ensure long-term functionality, despite the series of fixes HHS already has made to the site, the U.S. Government Accountability Office said in a report issued Wednesday.

VA ignored 100+ health system recommendations, GAO charges

By Virgil Dickson  |  February 12, 2015

The Veterans Affairs Department has taken little to no action on more than 100 recommendations it has received to help improve the quality of healthcare it offers veterans, the Government Accountability Office said in a report released late Wednesday.

New Mexico health supervisor files whistle-blower suit

By Associated Press  |  December 27, 2014

A New Mexico Health Department supervisor says she has been targeted by the agency after complaining about understaffing in the division that certifies health care facilities to receive Medicaid funds.

Health insurance markets dominated by oligopolies before Obamacare: report

By Bob Herman  |  December 01, 2014

A select few health insurance companies control a large portion of the individual and employer markets in each state, a new report from the GAO finds. But it's unclear how Obamacare will affect those figures, as more insurers rush to give people more health plan options.

On the VA, Ebola trials and the SHOP exchanges

On the VA, Ebola trials and the SHOP exchanges

By By  |  November 15, 2014

Talk about sending mixed messages. Robert McDonald, the new head of the Veterans Affairs Department, wants to hire 28,000 new doctors, nurses and other clinical staff to reduce delays in offering care to the nation's growing VA-eligible population.

GAO: HealthCare.gov website must boost security

GAO: HealthCare.gov website must boost security

By Associated Press  |  September 16, 2014

HealthCare.gov, the health insurance website serving more than 5 million Americans, has significant security flaws that put users' personal information at risk, nonpartisan congressional investigators have concluded.

GAO finds Medicare's audit contractors may duplicate efforts

GAO finds Medicare's audit contractors may duplicate efforts

By Bob Herman  |  August 14, 2014

The CMS' audit contractors may overlap duties and hammer hospitals with multiple reviews of the same payment claims, according to a new Government Accountability Office report that echoes concerns the provider community has voiced for years.

Fictitious applicants easily get ACA subsidies: GAO

By Paul Demko  |  July 26, 2014

While federal courts last week ruled on the legality of insurance subsidies issued from federally run exchanges, Congress was hearing about another, much more dollars-and-cents subsidy issue, namely how easy it apparently is for consumers to lie to obtain subsidies.

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