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HHS issues final rule to improve health equity

The federal government has taken a firm stand against discrimination, issuing a final rule that promotes health equity and takes aim at longstanding disparities within healthcare.

HHS misses key opportunities for improper payment recovery

While it generally complied with federal improper payment reporting requirements, the Department of Health and Human Services fell short in several key areas, according to an independent audit conducted by Ernst & Young LLP.  

FCA penalties could double by August

Healthcare providers that violate the False Claims Act could face twice as much in financial penalties if a recent regulation change from the Railroad Retirement Board is any indication.  

Insurers predict hefty premium hikes in 2017

Citing financial pitfalls over the last two years due to sicker, costlier patients in the Affordable Care Act marketplace, insurers are predicting double-digit premium increases for 2017, according to the Associated Press.

Feds finalize sweeping Medicaid managed care rule

The federal government on Monday issued a long-awaited final rule for Medicaid managed care plans that creates a quality rating system, allows states to set network adequacy standards and limits how much insurers can spend on administrative costs.  

House Republicans subpoena HHS over Basic Health Program

Two House Republicans have made good on their threat to subpoena the Department of Health and Human Services to get more information about funding for the ACA's Basic Health Program.

HHS: Medicaid expansion would boost behavioral healthcare access

If the remaining states expand Medicaid eligibility under the Affordable Care Act, it could greatly expand Americans' access to behavioral healthcare, according to a new  report  from the Department of Health and Human Services.  

HHS: Affordable Care Act helped Medicare save $473 billion

As the Affordable Care Act turns six years old this week, the Obama administration is marking the occasion by highlighting its successes and laying out plans for how it might transform the healthcare system going forward.  

Reports break down final ACA open enrollment stats

Two new reports from the federal government provide more details about who signed up for Affordable Care Act plans during the most recent open enrollment period, how they chose coverage and what they paid.  

Feds to test new Medicare Part B payment models

Citing a new report that found prescription drug spending reached $457 billion in 2015, the federal government announced it will test new Medicare Part B payment models to try to tackle those spiraling costs.