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CMS head Tavenner announces resignation

Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services Administrator Marilyn Tavenner announced she will be leaving the agency at the end of February. During her tenure, Tavenner has overseen the roll out of key provisions of the Affordable Care Act.

Tags: Marilyn Tavenner , Sylvia Burwell , HHS , Jory Heckman , Affordable Care Act , Barack Obama , Andy Slavitt

Friday - 01/16/2015, 09:26am EST

Jason McNamara, Senior Technical Advisor, HHS

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid wants to change how it delivers and measures Medicaid. It launched the Medicaid Accelerator Program back in July. The goal is to get Medicaid services and payments to its beneficiaries faster than ever before. It's crowdsourcing best practices for payment and services delivery from states and other health providers. Jason McNamara is one of the leaders behind IAP and a senior technical advisor for CMS in the Health and Human Services Department. He spoke with Emily Kopp and Tom Temin on the Federal Drive about how CMS wants to pass its improvements onto the states.

Tags: Jason McNamara , HHS , Medicaid , Federal Drive

Tuesday - 12/02/2014, 09:33am EST
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Linda Kohn, Director of Healthcare Issues, GAO

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services operate websites meant to help Medicare patients navigate the tangled world of health care providers. But the sites often fail at basic tasks. Auditors from the Government Accountability Office found some don't provide enough information to compare prices, while others don't give adequate information about quality of care. Linda Kohn is director of Healthcare Issues at the GAO. She joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to share more of what GAO found.

Tags: Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services , GAO , Linda Kohn , Healthcare Issues , Tom Temin , Federal Drive

Tuesday - 11/25/2014, 11:03am EST
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CMS claims cyber fixes in place for HealthCare.gov

Administrator Marilyn Tavenner told House Oversight and Government Reform Committee members on Nov. 14 that CMS fixed 22 technical recommendations before open enrollment began. The letter came on the cusp of yet another contentious hearing on the role of former White House CTO Todd Park in overseeing and developing the initially troubled portal.

Tags: technology , management , oversight , Congress , House Science and Technology Committee , House Oversight and Government Reform Commitee , HHS , White House , Todd Park , Marilyn Tavenner , Scott Peters , Darrell Issa , Paul Broun , Eric Swalwell , Bill Johnson , cybersecurity , HealthCare.gov , Affordable Care Act , Jason Miller

Thursday - 11/20/2014, 04:26am EST
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Andrew Ceresney, Co-Director, Division of Enforcement, SEC

Big changes continue at the Securities and Exchange Commission, which is deep into an investigation into whether Centers for Medicare and Medicaid employees leaked information to stock traders. At the same time, the agency is dealing with an uptick in its caseload over the last year to nearly 700 enforcement actions. Some experts say the numbers represent only a partial success because the SEC hasn't launched many blockbuster investigations. Andrew Ceresney, director of enforcement at the SEC, joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive and explained the agency's priorities.

Tags: Andrew Ceresney , SEC , Federal Drive , Tom Temin , security , workforce

Thursday - 11/06/2014, 08:00am EST
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House GOP subpoenas former CTO Todd Park over HealthCare.gov

Citing cybersecurity concerns, House Science Committee Chairman Lamar Smith (R-Texas) is compelling Park to testify about his role in the development of the health insurance exchange portal.

Tags: Todd Park , HealthCare.gov , House Science Committee , House , Lamar Smith , HHS , Emily Kopp

Wednesday - 10/29/2014, 10:34am EDT

CMS sets new deadline to fix two dozen HealthCare.gov cyber shortfalls

Marilyn Tavenner, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services administrator, promised House lawmakers Thursday that the site would be better protected when open enrollment begins in two months. The recent attack on the HealthCare.gov didn't succeed in stealing any data, DHS says. But some lawmakers say a year into the Affordable Care Act, the website still has basic cybersecurity challenges that should have been fixed.

Tags: technology , cybersecurity , oversight , GAO , Darrell Issa , Gerry Connolly , Marilyn Tavenner , HealthCare.gov , Jason Miller

Friday - 09/19/2014, 04:17am EDT

Sequestration forced agencies elsewhere for program funding, GAO says

The Government Accountability Office takes a look at the effects of the 2013 sequester and how agencies prepared.

Tags: Sequestration , GAO , oversight , DHS , CBP , education , HUD , budget , Stephanie Wasko

Friday - 05/30/2014, 04:20pm EDT

Michael Bromwich, managing principal, The Bromwich Group

What's next for the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services in the wake of the HealthCare.gov fiasco?

Tags: Michael Bromwich , HealthCare.gov , Affordable Care Act

Thursday - 03/13/2014, 01:36pm EDT
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