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HHS News

Gov't to overhaul Medicare payments to doctors, hospitals

Obama administration unveils plan to shift Medicare payments, rewarding quality vs. quantity

Wednesday - 01/28/2015, 05:06pm EST

How Health IT is revolutionizing the healthcare industry

What is health information technology? How can it transform the practice of healthcare? What is happening to facilitate the adoption and use of Health IT? Join host Michael Keegan as he explores these questions and more with Karen DeSalvo, National Coordinator for Health Information Technology.

Friday - 01/23/2015, 10:18am EST

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.

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

Three perspectives on big data and health analytics

John Gilroy hosts a roundtable discussion of strategies that agencies can use to deal with large healthcare IT data stores.
January 13, 2015

Tuesday - 01/13/2015, 08:23pm EST
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No health insurance? Penalties to rise in 2015

IRS to start collecting fines for not having health insurance; penalties to increase in 2015

Thursday - 01/01/2015, 03:20am 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.

Tuesday - 12/02/2014, 09:33am 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.

Thursday - 11/20/2014, 04:26am EST
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Executive Suite: Dan Levinson and Brian Miller

Top challenges for the Department of Health and Human Services are out from the HHS Office of Inspector General. Ten management and performance challenges are on the list, along with recommendations from the IG's office. Dan Levinson is the HHS Inspector General -- he joined Brian Miller of Navigant and former IG at the General Services Administration -- on In Depth with Francis Rose to break down the list.

Tuesday - 11/18/2014, 01:38pm EST

GAO: Some agencies hit harder than others during sequestration

A new report from the Government Accountability Office says that some agencies, including the Departments of Energy, Transportation and Health and Human Services, experienced stalled grants and contract activity during the government shutdown of 2013.

Monday - 11/17/2014, 11:21am EST

Open enrollment now available for Healthcare.gov

The open enrollment period for Healthcare.gov is now open. It runs until February 15th, 2015. The Health and Human Services Department is doing things a little bit differently this time around to try to mitigate the problems from last year.

Thursday - 11/13/2014, 09:56am EST

Compliance, data collection & healthcare IT

NextLOGiK CEO Kirk Couser and Director Chad Baker explain how their products can help federal agencies with data collection.
November 11, 2014

Tuesday - 11/11/2014, 08:38pm EST
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HHS pioneers responsive website design, shares out template

It seems like everyone has a smartphone or tablet device these days, and that new-found ubiquity has forced federal agencies to rethink their mobile sites — specifically how they're laid out. Leading the charge in increasing mobile friendliness is the Health and Human Services Department (HHSD), which recently moved its own site to a repsonsive design template. And now it's sharing its code with any federal agency that wants it.

Tuesday - 11/11/2014, 10:47am EST
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Dick Stapleton, Health and Human Services Department

Everyone's on smartphones and tablets these days and lots of websites are becoming more mobile-friendly. This year, the Health and Human Services Department moved HHS.gov to a responsive design template. That lets users more easily read, pan and scroll on a website regardless of the viewing device. Now HHS is sharing its design code so other agencies can make their own websites more responsive. Dick Stapleton, deputy director of the HHS Digital Communications Division, joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to discuss the new move.

Monday - 11/10/2014, 11:06am EST
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Cybersecurity a priority in the HHS OIG 2015 work plan

Cybersecurity will be top of mind in 2015 for the Inspector General of the Health and Human Services Department. In its work plan for next year, HHS OIG says it will heavily focus on federal oversight policy for medical devices and electronic health records.

Thursday - 11/06/2014, 03:42pm EST

Cars, toasters, medical devices add to DHS' cyber headaches

The Science and Technology Directorate's Cybersecurity Division received dozens of proposals to protect the next emerging area for cybersecurity, called physical systems. S&T will receive 70 proposals across four major areas and award $95 million to the best ideas in early 2015.

Friday - 10/31/2014, 04:36am EDT
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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.

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

Anti-addiction groups call for new FDA chief

Anti-addiction activists call for FDA chief's resignation amid painkiller abuse epidemic

Saturday - 09/27/2014, 10:02am EDT

Tim McManus, Partnership for Public Service

This week, the award for Federal Employee of the Year went to Dr. Rana Hajjeh for her contributions at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Her work with vaccines will save the lives of about 7 million children by 2020. The Service to America Medals gala on Monday also featured several young federal employees who might earn that honor for themselves one day. Tim McManus is Vice President for Education and Outreach at the Partnership for Public Service. He was at the Sammies Awards. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he said he sees some special potential from this year's finalists in the Call to Serve category.

Thursday - 09/25/2014, 04:18pm EDT
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Silvia Inéz Salazar, National Cancer Institute

The National Cancer Institute is trying to connect with its audience in new ways. Scientists in a user-experience lab are designing technologies and collecting data on customers' experiences to understand the needs of cancer patients and researchers. Silvia Salazar is the Informatics Research Lab Manager at NCI. She shared details about the lab on the Federal Drive with Tom Temin.

Thursday - 09/25/2014, 12:45pm EDT
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FDA reorg splits CIO, informatics roles in preparation for network innovations

Walter Harris, the chief operating officer and acting chief information officer at the Food and Drug Administration, said the agency should name a permanent CIO in the next three months to help take the agency into the cloud.

Thursday - 09/25/2014, 07:10am EDT
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