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The Politics of Health Care

We Can’t Wait: Obama Administration Takes New Steps to Encourage HIT Use
November 30, 2011 2:02 PM by Lisa Algeo
Today, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Kathleen Sebelius released a report showing that doctors' adoption of health information technology (IT) doubled in 2 years. HHS also announced new actions to speed the use of health Read More...
States Receive Resources to Implement Affordable Insurance Exchanges
November 29, 2011 12:27 PM by Lisa Algeo
The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) today awarded nearly $220 million in Affordable Insurance Exchange grants to 13 states to help them create Exchanges, giving these states more flexibility and resources to implement the Affordable Care Read More...
HHS Expands Initiative to Protect Medicare and Seniors From Fraud
November 22, 2011 11:52 AM by Lisa Algeo
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced today the award of $9 million from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) to help Senior Medicare Patrol (SMP) programs across the nation continue their work fighting Medicare Read More...
CMS Announces New Programs to Help Curb Improper Medicare, Medicaid Payments
November 16, 2011 11:10 AM by Lisa Algeo
In 2010, the President announced three goals for cutting improper payments by 2012: reducing overall payment errors by $50 billion, cutting the Medicare fee-for-service error rate in half, and recovering $2 billion in improper payments. To help achieve Read More...
Little Known Medicare Rule on Observation Days Has Big Effect
November 15, 2011 12:45 PM by Lisa Algeo
(Editor's note: This guest blog is written by Michael LaMagna, Esq.) Last week, a group of Medicare beneficiaries filed a lawsuit, Bagnall v. Sebelius , against Kathleen Sebelius, the Secretary of Health and Human Services in U.S. District Court, citing Read More...
Medicare Expands Coverage of Cardiovascular Disease Prevention Services
November 14, 2011 11:09 AM by Lisa Algeo
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) last week announced that Medicare is adding coverage for a number of preventive services to reduce cardiovascular disease. This new coverage policy will add to the existing portfolio of free preventive Read More...
CMS Survey Shows High Satisfaction Rates for Medicaid, CHIP
November 9, 2011 10:36 AM by Lisa Algeo
Parents of children with Medicaid and Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP) coverage are showing high satisfaction with their access to doctors and the quality of health care, according to a survey announced yesterday by the Centers for Medicare Read More...
Seniors Save More Than $1.2 Billion on Prescriptions
November 8, 2011 11:54 AM by Lisa Algeo
So far this year, more than 2.2 million people with Medicare have saved more than $1.2 billion on their prescriptions, for an average of $550 per person, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services announced last week. And more than 22.6 million Read More...
Final Accountable Care Organization Rules Established
November 3, 2011 12:09 PM by Lisa Algeo
(Editor's note: Executive Insight welcomes Guest Blogger Michael LaMagna, Esq,to our Politics in Health Care blog. He will be posting updates on healthcare reform and related issues each week. Check back often. LaMagna is an attorney and nursing home Read More...
CMS Adopts Policy, Payment Changes for Outpatient Care
November 2, 2011 10:31 AM by Lisa Algeo
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) yesterday issued a final rule with comment period (final rule) that will update payment policies and payment rates for services furnished to Medicare beneficiaries in hospital outpatient departments Read More...


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