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HHS News

HHS trying to untangle itself from typical shared services shortcomings

The Department of Health and Human Services is suffering from what many believe are the two major reasons why shared services continues to lag in government.

Monday - 03/16/2015, 04:51am EDT

HHS IG: HealthCare.gov lacks overall acquisition strategy

The latest round of updates to HealthCare.gov made the second open season for the Affordable Care Act work a lot better than the first. Now the Inspector General's office at the Department of Health and Human Services is looking for lessons learned from the development of the web site. Rob Vito is regional inspector general of the Office of the Inspector General for the Health and Human Services Department. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he shared three major problems with the agency's approach to building HealthCare.gov.

Wednesday - 03/11/2015, 04:48pm EDT
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Vijay D'Souza, Director of Health Care Issues, GAO

Improper payments associated with the military's TRICARE health system added up to about 0.3 percent of DoD's overall costs. Improper payments associated with Medicare were more than 10 percent of overall costs for the Health and Human Services Department. Vijay D'Souza is director of health care issues at the Government Accountability Office. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he said TRICARE's low rate of improper payments might be too good to be true.

Monday - 02/23/2015, 04:47pm EST
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Commerce invites employees to bring forth innovative ideas

Deputy Secretary Bruce Andrews said while lawmakers decide whether to fund the White House's $3 million request to set up an Idea Lab, the department already released a new online tool to collect employee ideas.

Friday - 02/13/2015, 04:36am EST
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Budget calls for consolidation within multiple agencies

President Obama's fiscal 2016 budget proposes merging components of the Agriculture Department and FDA that handle food safety, as well as business and trade agencies.

Tuesday - 02/03/2015, 06:40am EST

How Obama would spend your money in 2016, agency by agency

How Obama wants to spend Americans' money next year: an agency-by-agency look

Tuesday - 02/03/2015, 03:39am EST

Paul Bartley, Program Support Center Director, HHS

The last several administrations have pushed federal agencies to share services they have in common. The idea is to cut redundancy and boost efficiency. Shared services have certainly been a priority for the Obama Office of Management and Budget. Some managers worry that shared services means they'll have to bring in more contractors. But in fact several departments offer a wide range of administrative services available for sharing. One of them is the Program Support Center at Health and Human Services. Paul Bartley is director of the Center. He joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive with more on the programs, and how to make them catch on.

Thursday - 01/29/2015, 09:12am EST
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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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