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Patient-centered medical homes lower costs, reduce healthcare overuse

The evidence is clear that the use of patient-centered medical homes can reduce healthcare costs, overuse of the emergency department and overall inpatient hospitalizations, according to a new, comprehensive report from the Patient-Centered Primary Care Collaborative.

GAO urges review of group purchasing

The Government Accountability Office urged the U.S. Health and Human Services Administration in a new repo rt   to assess hospitals' reporting of revenue that they can receive from group purchasing organizations to ensure it does not affect Medicare payments.

Insurers will have to include hospital benefits in all exchange plans

Insurers won't be able to keep excluding hospital benefits in plans sold on the health insurance exchanges if a proposal from the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services becomes final, reported Kaiser Health News.

After Obamacare enrollment data snafu, a push for openness

The latest controversy over Affordable Care Act enrollment figures has reignited a demand for more transparency, Politico reported.

Former HHS official calls for smarter narrow networks

Narrow insurance networks have come under fire for offering a limited list of participating physicians and facilities--but one former White House official says they can, in fact, work.

White House overstated Obamacare enrollment

The Obama administration inadvertently added 380,000 standalone dental subscribers to its total count of Affordable Care Act healthcare subscribers, dropping the  number of Americans who obtained healthcare through state and federal exchanges to roughly 6.7 million as of Oct. 15-- well short of the original Congressional Budget Office projection of 13 million enrollees.

HHS initiative will fund care improvement efforts

The U.S. Department of Health & Human Services today announced it would spend up to $840 million over the next four years to fund innovative healthcare strategies designed to improve patient care and lower costs. 

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.