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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.

WEDI roadmap urges HHS to limit burden of ICD-10 delay

The Workgroup for Electronic Data Interchange urged the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services in a letter dated June 4 to take action to minimize disruption within the healthcare industry from the ICD-10 delay.

Medicaid enrollment jumps by 1 million

More than 1 million people signed up for Medicaid in April, bringing the total growth since September to about 6 million, according to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

GOP wants details about incorrect subsidies

Some Republican lawmakers are urging the Obama administration to explain wh hundreds of thousands of people might have received incorrect subsidies for plans sold on the health insurance exchanges.

HHS, VA urged to boost incremental IT development efforts

Amid the push to more quickly get the results from federal IT projects, five federal agencies--including U.S. Department of Health & Human Services and the Department Veterans Affairs--have not fully met requirements for incremental development, according to a report from the Government Accountability Office (GAO).

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.