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AHA, hospital groups sue over two-midnight rule

The American Hospital Association (AHA) and several individual healthcare delivery systems and hospital groups have filed two lawsuits challenging the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services' two-midnight rule and associated Medicare payment cuts, Health Data Management reports.

HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius exits as reform moves forward

Kathleen Sebelius--the public face of the botched HealthCare.gov rollout-- is stepping down from her post as secretary of the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, according to multiple news outlets.

Majority of first premiums already paid

Insurer estimates suggest 80 percent to 90 percent of enrollees in the health insurance exchanges already have made their first premium payment.

LabMD files complaint against FTC, claiming abuse of power

LabMD, an Atlanta-based cancer-screening laboratory, has slapped the Federal Trade Commission with a lawsuit seeking to stop what the company calls an "abuse of power and regulation" of patient information without proper authority.

HHS, HITRUST aim to prep health industry for cyber attacks

The U.S. Department of Health & Human Services and the Health Information Trust Alliance (HITRUST) have announced they will be conducting monthly threat briefings, starting in April, in an expansion of industry cyber threat preparedness and education efforts.

CMS' Robert Tagalicod hints at Meaningful Use 'relief' announcement at HIMSS

On Thursday--the final day of the 2014 HIMSS conference that gets underway in Orlando today--there will be an announcement about Meaningful Use "under the rubric of relief," said Robert Tagalicod, director of the office of e-health standards and services at the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services.

HHS expands Medicaid community services

The U.S. Department of Health & Human Services on Friday amended Medicaid regulations on home and community-based service programs for elderly and disabled beneficiaries. Then new rule supports the 2009 Community Living Initiative promoting federal partnerships to discourage institutional seclusion of the disabled, which is a type of unlawful discrimination.

GAO: Focus on quality, efficiency in Medicare clinical data registry program

The U.S. Department of Health & Human Services should require more evidence of improved quality and efficiency of care for Medicare patients in implementing its program for clinical data...

Coverage expansions, new deadlines mark race to ACA enrollment

Improvising is becoming a critical skill for insurers as Americans race to the plan enrollment finish line: The government wants payers to offer temporary in-network coverage for out-of-network doctors and drugs, and some insurers may extend premium payment due dates to enroll new customers.

Lawmakers seek answers about FDA hack

Lawmakers are concerned that an October hack into the U.S. Food and Drug Administration's online submission systems hasn't been adequately investigated. In a letter to FDA commissioner Margaret Hamburg, five representatives on the House Energy and Commerce Committee have asked for more details.