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HHS can't unilaterally bail out insurers, GAO says

The Department of Health and Human Services can't unilaterally make payments to insurers under the Affordable Care Act as a way of making up for unexpected losses, the Government Accountability Office said in a legal opinion.

CDC, HHS create hospital Ebola checklist in wake of global crisis

As the Ebola virus outbreak spirals out of control into a world-wide crisis, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Department of Health and Human Services' Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response this week released a checklist for hospitals to help clinicians manage patients carrying the virus.

FDA's latest API focuses on medical device adverse events

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has released an Application Programming Interface to make data on medical device adverse events more accessible to the public.

States use HHS grants to offset care gaps

In the face of a looming primary care shortage and an ongoing rural health crisis, many healthcare programs invest in training nurses to work in underserved areas with the help of the Department of Health and Human Services.

FDA's restructured IT efforts focus on transparency, efficiency

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has been focused on restructuring its IT efforts to offer greater transparency and efficiency in customer support and services, its Deputy Commissioner for Operations Walter S. Harris said in a blog post.

What auto-enrollment for exchanges means for insurers

Changes to the health insurance exchange renewal process could lead to "painful" repercussions for insurers, according to a new report from Milliman.

MLR rebates total $9B

Insurers have paid consumers a total of $9 billion since 2011 under the medical-loss ratio, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services announced today.

Feds exempt insurers in US territories from healthcare reform regs

Health insurers overburdened with Affordable Care Act implementation could consider a move to Puerto Rico or the U.S. Virgin Islands, as the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has granted a myriad of reform exemptions in U.S. territories.

Jocelyn Samuels to head HHS Office for Civil Rights

Jocelyn Samuels has been named the next director of the Office for Civil Rights, the unit within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services that enforces HIPAA compliance, an OCR spokeswoman confirmed in an email to  FierceHealthIT.

HHS wants automatic re-enrollment of exchange customers

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services proposed a new rule to automatically renew customers' current marketplace plans unless people opt out of them, the agency announced yesterday.