More than 150 lawmakers signed on to a letter saying the agency's mandatory demonstration programs threaten quality of care and overstep the agency's authority.
Comments are due Monday on a proposed rule that makes hospitals in 98 markets financially accountable for the cost and quality of all care associated with bypass surgery and heart attacks. The five-year demonstration would take effect July 1, 2017.
Some want to opt out of a CMS rule effective this week that's meant to ensure Medicaid beneficiaries have adequate access to care. State officials say the rule is outdated and a waste of administrative resources. But scofflaws could see their federal funds withheld if they don't comply.
Despite growing outrage over price spikes on specialty drugs, biologics and generics, a political solution seems as far away as ever. And drug industry lobbyists are planning a major post-election campaign to keep it that way.
Over the past year, there have been several reports indicating America's health status has taken a turn for the worse.
The scheduled initial rollout of the Military Health System's new multibillion-dollar electronic health record system has been delayed, at least for several months. The schedule was "aggressive" and more time was needed to address issues that came up during testing.
Last year, U.S. Deputy Attorney General Sally Quillian Yates warned top healthcare executives they would be held personally accountable for false Medicare and Medicaid claims and illegal physician relationships. She was serious.
Privacy and security gurus praised the GAO for taking an unflinching look at the dual role HHS plays as both a promoter of health information technology use and the primary enforcer of HIPAA, the federal privacy, security and breach notification law.
Demanding explanations for a $1 billion cost overrun, a House panel Wednesday issued a subpoena to the Veterans Affairs Department for documents on how the cost of a Denver-area VA hospital ballooned to almost $1.7 billion.