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HHS News

Burwell appoints new manager to revamp HealthCare.gov

Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia Burwell appointed a new high-level operations manager to closely supervise the online portal to coverage under President Barack Obama's health care law. She also announced that she's hiring a CEO and a technology leader to specifically handle all aspects of the health law's coverage expansion.

Saturday - 06/21/2014, 03:46am EDT

Marcia Crosse, Government Accountability Office

The Service to America Medals honor federal employees who go above and beyond their job descriptions to serve the public. Federal News Radio will be speaking to the finalists. As the director of healthcare at the Government Accountability Office, Marcia Crosse has drawn Congress' attention to needs at the Food and Drug Administration. Her boss says she's been at the forefront of her field: identifying needed improvements in the oversight of medical products. In part because of her work, the FDA now has more tools to regulate drugs and medical devices from overseas. Crosse is a finalist in the citizen services category of the 2014 Sammies awards. She joined Tom Temin and Emily Kopp on the Federal Drive to discuss the data she analyzes. Read a Q&A with Marcia Crosse.

Monday - 06/16/2014, 10:46am EDT
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Dwayne Grant, Health and Human Services Office of Inspector General

For the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services at HHS, payment errors are 50 percent more likely to happen in cases of routine visits. At more than $32 billion, so-called E&M services represent about a third of payments under Medicare Part B. The Health and Human Services Office of the Inspector General looked at data from 2010. It found that coding errors and lack of documentation led to $6.7 billion in improper E&M payments. Dwayne Grant, regional inspector general for HHS, discussed how this happened when he joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive.

Wednesday - 06/11/2014, 09:01am EDT
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Senate confirms Obama's new health secretary

Burwell needs to tackle major HealthCare.gov fixes just months ahead of next sign-up season

Thursday - 06/05/2014, 03:20pm EDT

Taha Kass-Hout, Chief Health Informatics Officer, FDA

The Food and Drug Administration has launched openFDA. It's a new data initiative making for easier access to large public health datasets. OpenFDA is in line with the President's open data executive order and the Health and Human Service Department's Health Data Initiative. Taha Kass-Hout is chief health informatics officer at the FDA. He explains the main focus of the project to Tom and Emily on the Federal Drive.

Tuesday - 06/03/2014, 06:57pm EDT
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John Palguta, Vice President for Policy, Partnership for Public Service

The problems at Veterans Affairs, and the unsuccessful rollout of healthcare.gov could be evidence of something systemic. Some call it a 'civil service crisis'. Whatever it is, it's claimed jobs at both the career and political appointee levels. John Palguta is the Vice President for Policy at the Partnership. He spoke with Tom and Emily on the Federal Drive.

Tuesday - 06/03/2014, 06:46pm EDT
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Burwell gets committee approval for health post

Senate Finance Committee approves Burwell for health secretary, sends to full Senate

Sunday - 05/25/2014, 01:50pm EDT

Federal HR reforms demand an inside/out strategy

Several agency chief human capital officers say wholesale changes to the federal hiring, recruiting, retaining and firing processes are needed now more than ever. It's no longer just a matter of using the authorities available, they say.

Thursday - 05/22/2014, 04:12am EDT
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Whistleblower hotlines changing the way IGs respond to waste, fraud and abuse

Across the federal government, the officials who run hotline programs in agency inspector general offices say they're finding ways to cut their backlogs of incoming cases and get vital information into the hands of investigators more quickly. In part, it's because those officials are communicating with one another like never before.

Tuesday - 05/20/2014, 04:08am EDT
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Health secretary nominee faces cordial senators

Senators pose a few pointed questions amid a cordial reception for health secretary nominee

Friday - 05/16/2014, 06:30pm EDT

Brian Sivak, Department of Health and Human Services

One of the most frustrating things federal employees face is red tape. The bureaucracy can deter workers from trying new things that might fail. The Health and Human Services Department's IDEA Lab seeks to break down the red tape and silos. HHS Chief Technology Officer Brian Sivak oversees the lab. He told Federal Drive hosts Tom Temin and Emily Kopp how the lab helps the agency meet its mission.

Tuesday - 04/15/2014, 09:53am EDT
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New 'face,' but some old problems for 'Obamacare'

A new face for 'Obamacare' _ but same problems persist of making it work, dealing with GOP

Saturday - 04/12/2014, 03:56am EDT

Tom Shoop, Editor in Chief, Government Executive Magazine

Sylvia Mathews Burwell is already on track to become the next Secretary of Health and Human Services. Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) says he'll vote to confirm her and we've seen no reports of anyone who will oppose her nomination. Tom Shoop, editor in chief at Government Executive magazine, offers his take on In Depth with Francis Rose.

Friday - 04/11/2014, 06:26pm EDT
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Inside the Reporter's Notebook: OMB not a farm team, Strategic sourcing on steroids

In this week's Reporter's Notebook column, Executive Editor Jason Miller ponders Sylvia Burwell's jump from OMB to HHS and GSA's pumped up approach to buying.

Friday - 04/11/2014, 04:50pm EDT

Burwell nominated to succeed Sebelius as HHS secretary

President Barack Obama has nominated Sylvia Mathews Burwell, the current head of the Office of Management and Budget, to replace outgoing Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius. Sebelius' resignation comes just over a week after sign-ups closed for the first year of insurance coverage under the Affordable Care Act.

Friday - 04/11/2014, 01:00pm EDT

Cristina Boccuti, Senior Associate, Kaiser Family Foundation

Medicare made millionaires out of a small group of doctors in 2012. A politically-connected Florida ophthalmologist got nearly $21 million in reimbursements. The data comes from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. It released information on more than 880,000 health care providers, but the American Medical Association says the data dump will do more harm than good. Cristina Boccuti, senior associate on Medicare policy at the Kaiser Family Foundation, told Federal Drive hosts Tom Temin and Emily Kopp about the database and how someone can use, or misuse, it.

Friday - 04/11/2014, 10:02am EDT
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Dr. Robert Tauxe, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

The most common reason why a foodborne illness might send you to the hospital? A hairy little bacteria known as Salmonella. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has collected 40 years of data and, for the first time, published it online as an atlas. Dr. Robert Tauxe is the deputy director of CDC's Division of Foodborne, Waterborne and Environmental Diseases. He told Federal Drive hosts Tom Temin and Emily Kopp about the web atlas.

Tuesday - 04/08/2014, 10:10am EDT
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Continuing the fight against infectious diseases

What are the strategic priorities of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases? What has been learned about emerging and re-emerging infectious diseases? What's on the horizon for the NIAID? Join host Michael Keegan as he explores these questions and more with Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of NIAID.

Monday - 04/07/2014, 02:20am EDT

How the future of health care lies behind a Blue Button

The Blue Button Initiative started at VA as a way for veterans to more easily access their health care data. But, with the help of Presidential Innovation Fellows, the initiative is now enabling American people across the country to access their personal health records in a human-readable format. Federal News Radio examines the project's greatest successes and where it's headed next as part of our special report, Solving Our Nation's Toughest Challenges: The Presidential Innovation Fellows.

Wednesday - 04/02/2014, 04:00am EDT

An expert's view on Healthcare IT

Brian Ahier, president of Advanced Health Information Exchange Resources, discusses the state of the healthcare IT system and how to use technology to improve it.
January 28, 2014

Tuesday - 01/28/2014, 10:22pm EST
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