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HHS denies Democrats' request to create special open enrollment for pregnant women

The Department of Health and Human Services has denied a request from Democrats to create an open enrollment period under the Affordable Care Act for women when they find out they are pregnant.

Obama enlists hospitals, medical professionals to fight health hazards of climate change

The White House says will look to the medical community to not only make the case that climate change poses significant health risks and to help reduce these potential harms.

Did the ACA really result in 50,000 fewer patient deaths?

President Barack Obama's recent claim that the Affordable Care Act has led to 50,000 fewer preventable patient deaths may be based on "an estimate of an estimate," but it is likely that Obama is correct about the healthcare reform law's ability to reduce patient harms, according to the  Washington Post's  Fact Checker blog.

Obama administration launches partnership to speed transition to value-based care

At a White House event Wednesday, President Barack Obama kicked off the Health Care Payment Learning and Action Network, a wide-reaching, public-private collaboration that the administration hopes will speed up the transition to value-based payment models.

Medicaid expansion slashed uncompensated care costs for hospitals

The expansion of Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act in 28 states and the District of Columbia was the driving force behind a significant drop in the cost of uncompensated care last year, according to data from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

DOJ-HHS anti-fraud effort recovered $3.3 billion in 2014

More than $27.8 billion has been returned to the Medicare Trust Fund since the inception of the Health Care Fraud and Abuse Control Program in 1997, according to a  new report  from the Departments of Justice and Health and Human Services. The program recovered $3.3 billion of taxpayer money in the 2014 fiscal year alone.

Wraparound coverage final rule largely unchanged

The Obama administration's final rule on wraparound benefit coverage makes it clear that insurers can't offer excepted benefits as a substitute for primary coverage. 

Lessons learned from an ACO's successes, struggles

Given the Department of Health and Human Services' recent announcement that it plans to speed up its plans to shift to value-based payment models, it's more important than ever for providers to shift their priorities from volume to value. The CEO of one of the first accountable care organizations has advice for health leaders to map a way forward.

Cybersecurity focus by HHS, other federal agencies 'abysmal'

A new study from The Brookings Institution slams federal agencies for doing a poor job of making cybersecurity part of their strategic plans.

73% of physician leaders preparing for HHS payment proposal

Healthcare organizations are actively preparing for the Department of Health and Human Services' plan to tie 30 percent of fee-for-service Medicare payments to quality and value by 2016, according to a new survey from the American Association for Physician Leadership.