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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 G-A-O. She joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to share more of what GAO found.

Tuesday - 11/25/2014, 11:03am EST
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Tammy Flanagan, National Institute of Transition Planning

Open season 2014 is underway. Feds who turn 65 next year are facing a decision whether or not to enroll in Medicare Part B. If they enroll, they'll be paying an additional $1,200 on top of what they already pay for Federal Employees Health Benefits Program coverage. Tammy Flanagan, senior benefits director for the National Institute of Transition Planning, tells In Depth with Francis Rose about the pros and cons of enrolling in Part B.

Friday - 11/14/2014, 04:24pm 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.

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.

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

What you need to know about retirement security, health insurance

Women of Washington radio show hosts Aileen Black and Gigi Schumm talk to Brenda Sulick, director of the Eleanor's Hope project at the National Committee to Preserve Social Security and Medicare.

Thursday - 10/23/2014, 05:00pm EDT

Jason Miller, Executive Editor, Federal News Radio

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services have until Nov. 15 to close real and potential holes in the HealthCare.gov website. CMS Administrator Marilyn Tavenner promised House lawmakers the site would be improved when open enrollment begins. Federal News Radio's Executive Editor Jason Miller joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive with details on CMS' plans and some lawmakers' concerns over the security of HealthCare.gov.

Friday - 09/19/2014, 08:24am EDT
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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.

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

US won't reveal records on health website security

Citing threats from hackers, US won't release security details for federal health care website

Thursday - 08/21/2014, 11:08am EDT

Duncan Amos, Quantitative Analyst, Bloomberg Government

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services has just awarded one of the biggest multiple award contracts of any civilian agency. It selected 15 companies to participate in the five-year program that could run as high as $7 billion. Bloomberg Government Quantitative Analyst Duncan Amos is tracking developments closely. He joined Tom Temin and Emily Kopp on the Federal Drive to discuss the new contract.

Monday - 08/04/2014, 02:55pm 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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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.

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

Thursday - 03/13/2014, 01:36pm EDT
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CMS names new senior executives

Tim Love will become the permanent chief operating officer of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services while Dave Nelson takes over as the permanent CIO.

Friday - 01/10/2014, 02:43pm EST

Open Season with SAMBA and Long Term Care Partners

SAMBA Executive Director Walt Wilson and Deputy Director Pam Cummings, as well as Joan Melanson from Long Term Care Partners, talk about your Open Season options.
November 25, 2013

Monday - 11/25/2013, 05:09pm EST
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3 takeways from HealthCare.gov IT hearing; First task order for continuous monitoring is out

In this week's edition of Inside the Reporter's Notebook, Executive Editor Jason Miller shares news and buzz in the acquisition and IT communities that you may have missed.

Friday - 11/15/2013, 05:20pm EST

Federal IT officials shirk responsibility for HealthCare.gov problems

The House Oversight and Government Reform Committee pressed federal Chief Information Officer Steve VanRoekel, federal Chief Technology Officer Todd Park, Department of Health and Human Services CIO Frank Baitman and Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services deputy CIO Henry Chao to acknowledge the oversight failings, and for someone to declare they were in charge of the program.

Thursday - 11/14/2013, 03:42am EST
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Lawmakers raise cybersecurity concerns about HealthCare.gov

The troubled HealthCare.gov website has been the subject of at least one attempted but unsuccessful cyber attack, according to one of the of the Homeland Security Department's top cyber officials. Lawmakers at a House Homeland Security Committee hearing said the consolidation of personal information and the glitch-prone website are cause for concern.

Wednesday - 11/13/2013, 04:11pm EST

White House considering options after Issa subpoenaes federal CTO Park

Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) is compelling federal CTO Todd Park show up Wednesday for a hearing before the Oversight and Government Reform Committee on the IT oversight problems of the HealthCare.gov website.

Monday - 11/11/2013, 12:47pm EST

CMS CIO Trenkle leaving for private sector

Tony Trenkle will leave as the CIO of CMS on Nov. 15 after eight years with the agency.

Thursday - 11/07/2013, 05:26am EST
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