Optum Labs, the healthcare innovation center that was created by UnitedHealth Group's Optum division and the Mayo Clinic, will now work with the federal government on healthcare research initiatives.
The federal government has announced it will hold a public forum to address the growing concern about the high costs of prescription drugs.
Montana has become the 30th state to expand its Medicaid program since the implementation of the Affordable Care Act--though some worry about the implications of concessions from the Obama administration that paved the way for the deal.
The federal government may seem to be setting a low bar with its plan to have 10 million people enrolled in Affordable Care Act plans by the end of 2015, but the number comes from careful calculations--both practical and political, according to the New York Times.
The federal government says it wants to have 10 million people covered through the Affordable Care Act's marketplaces by the end of the year, a relatively modest goal considering 9.9 million were enrolled as of June.
Last year, David Hickton, U.S. Attorney for the District of Western Pennsylvania, requested agents from the Department of Health and Human Services Office of Inspector General to help root out healthcare fraud that was becoming more prevalent in the region. They never showed, so this year he's decided to take matters into his own hands by creating a homegrown fraud task force, according to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.
The Department of Health and Human Services will award $685 million to 39 healthcare organizations under the Transforming Clinical Practice Initiative to help equip employees with tools that will improve quality of care, better support patient access to data and lower costs.
Sex and gender-identity based discrimination among any health program or activity funded by the Department of Health and Human Services would be banned under a new proposed rule from the agency, a move hailed by some advocacy groups.
The Department of Health and Human Services announced it will fund 266 new primary care health center sites in high-need areas nationwide to the tune of $169 million.
Under a proposal to improve patient safety in long-term care hospitals and nursing homes, the facilities would be required to improve care coordination and planning, mandate infection control training, assign an infection control officer and consider resident health during staffing decisions.