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Health care reform may help the budget

Former Federal Reserve Chairman Alan Greenspan has warned that spending on medical care may crowd out investment in other areas of the economy and worsen the federal budget deficit. President Barack Obama and lawmakers seeking to overhaul health care say the proposed changes will rein in medical costs and reduce the budget deficit.

Tags: mngt , health care reform , Kerry Weems , Vangent

Tuesday - 01/05/2010, 10:08am EST
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New CMS tools help to save up to $120 billion

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services says it can save $120 billion dollars over the next five years. CMS's Jon Blum tells us about two important tools at their disposal.

Tags: Federal Drive , HHS , cmms , Jon Blum , Suzanne Kubota

Thursday - 05/26/2011, 09:41am EDT
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Platts calls for more controls over improper payments

The chairman of the subcommittee on federal financial management said legislation may be needed to ensure agency accounting procedures are focusing on stopping improper payments. He said progress across the government is good, but more tools are necessary. OMB is testing the Do Not Pay List and plans to launch the full portal in 2012.

Tags: management , Todd Platts , Danny Werfel , OMB , Oversight and Government Reform Committee , SSA , DoD , VA , DHS , improper payments , Do Not Pay List , Recovery audits , internal controls , Jason Miller

Wednesday - 04/20/2011, 08:25am EDT
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CMS to take on improper payments in new way

The agency plans to follow the model credit card companies use to identify potential problems on the front end instead of trying to chase down the money after the fact. CMS accounts for about 46 percent of all improper payments across the government. Overall, OMB wants to reduce the governmentwide error rate to 4.18 percent by 2013.

Tags: management , technology , Kay Daly , George Mills , Judith Oliveira , David Sidari , OMB , GAO , SSA , HUD , HHS , improper payments , recovery auditing , predictive modeling , Jason Miller

Thursday - 03/24/2011, 07:47am EDT
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HHS, Justice turning up heat on fraudsters

New rule published today details how the government will go from chasing criminals to using data and other tools to stop them as Medicare and Medicaid fraud is happening. The agencies report returning $4 billion back to the government in 2010, a 50 percent increase compared to 2009.

Tags: management , Kathleen Sebelius , Thomas Perrelli , Gerry Roy , Donald Berwick , Peter Budetti , HHS , Justice , improper payments , Medicare and Medicaid , fraud , Jason Miller

Tuesday - 01/25/2011, 07:04am EST
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HHS promotes simpler e-health record exchanges

The Office of National Coordinator for Health IT will spend the next year making it easier for health care providers to share patient data. Data sharing and interoperability are one of four major barriers the federal government is helping doctors and hospitals overcome.

Tags: technology , David Blumenthal , HHS , Office of National Coordinator for Health IT , NHIN , health IT , Montgomery County Chamber of Commerce , Jason Miller

Friday - 01/21/2011, 07:18am EST

New governmentwide financial systems on tap

OMB controller Danny Werfel said the Treasury Department should be finished testing and analyzing systems in the next six months. The CFO Council highlights priorities for 2011, and among them is the further reduction of improper payments. Werfel said agencies will begin using the software tool first utilized by the Recovery Board to identify potential problems.

Tags: management , Danny Werfel , OMB , GAO , DoD , Treasury , improper payments , financial management , audit opinion , CFO Council , Recovery Act , forensic auditing , Jason Miller

Wednesday - 01/12/2011, 06:47am EST
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What CMS is best for you?

Frustrated with content management systems? Host John Gilroy talks with Tony Byrne, founder of Real Story Group.
January 11, 2011

Tags: Tony Byrne , CMS Watch , Real Story Group , IT , technology , industry

Tuesday - 01/11/2011, 06:24pm EST
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Discussion: Information Sharing vs. Privacy

Finding the right balance between privacy and sharing is the subject of a Federal News Radio Discussion. Joining us are NARA's Hannah Bergman and CMS's William Saunders.

Tags: Federal Drive , panel discussion , technology , management , NARA , Hannah Bergman , William Saunders

Friday - 10/29/2010, 11:00am EDT
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CMS proposes new rules to combat fraud

Some say they're just nibbling around the edges. But, CMS is putting some proposed new rules out there to combat fraud and abuse in Medicaid and Medicare. WFED's Scott Carr explains.

Tags: Federal Drive , management , fraud , Scott Carr

Friday - 09/24/2010, 08:41am EDT
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