Kathleen Sebelius

Trump: 'We'll see' if HHS Secretary Price gets fired over use of private jets

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President Donald Trump is "not happy" with Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price, M.D., after reports surfaced criticizing his use of private jets for official travels.

Feds to target value, outlays

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Providers can kiss fee-for-service payments goodbye, says Kathleen Sebelius.

Hospital readmissions declined again in 2013, Sebelius credits provider partnerships

Hospital readmissions declined again in 2013, Sebelius credits provider partnerships

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The number of seniors readmitted to a hospital within a month of discharge continued to decline in 2013, according to data released Wednesday by the government. The trend shows that greater coordination between different healthcare providers is paying off, said outgoing Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius.

Same-sex married couples now have expanded Medicare enrollment options, HHS announces

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Seniors now are eligible to receive premium-free Medicare Part A coverage if they are married to someone of the same sex, the Department of Health and Human Services announced Thursday.

Why Sebelius should step down, and why it probably won't happen

Why Sebelius should step down, and why it probably won't happen

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What boss wouldn't want to have Kathleen Sebelius for a deputy?

Minimum Data Set information identifying providers will be shared with health plans to fight fraud, CMS announces

Minimum Data Set information identifying providers will be shared with health plans to fight fraud, CMS announces

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To combat fraud and abuse, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services plans to make provider-specific Minimum Data Set information available to health plans, according to a notice in Wednesday's Federal Register. The MDS is one of 23 records systems that would be affected by the new "routine use" defined by CMS.

Long-term care providers should follow hospitals in adopting EHRs, government says

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Healthcare providers have already exceeded the government's 2013 adoption goals for electronic health records, the Department of Health and Human Services announced Wednesday.

Lawmakers should leave Medicare and Medicaid alone, Sebelius says

Lawmakers should leave Medicare and Medicaid alone, Sebelius says

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Medicare and Medicaid should not be significantly altered, because spending for these programs is trending downward and incentives tied to the programs are working, according to Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius.

ACOs, bundled payment groups 'becoming the face of American medicine,' Sebelius says

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Accountable care organizations and bundled payment initiatives are harbingers of the future healthcare system in the United States, Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius said in a speech on Tuesday. Sebelius addressed the American Medical Association National Advocacy Conference in Washington, D.C.

U.S. health chief says government will not fund partial Medicaid expansions

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Answering the question on the minds of many state policymakers, the Obama administration said Monday it will not provide full federal funding for states that go only part of the way on expanding Medicaid.

Lawmakers threaten subpoena over Affordable Care Act PR campaign

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Republican members of the House Ways and Means Committee have threatened to subpoena federal health officials to gain access to public relations contracts related to the Affordable Care Act.

HHS: Medicare Advantage enrollment is up, premiums down

HHS: Medicare Advantage enrollment is up, premiums down

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Enrollment in Medicare Advantage has jumped by 28% since the Affordable Care Act was enacted in 2010, federal health officials said Wednesday.

Proposed billing regulation would cut costs and red tape for providers, HHS says

Proposed billing regulation would cut costs and red tape for providers, HHS says

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Providers will save time and money through a proposed regulation that would allow providers to electronically post and reconcile payments from health plans, government officials said Tuesday.

Federal healthcare fraud initiative will vigorously scrutinize provider claims

Federal healthcare fraud initiative will vigorously scrutinize provider claims

A new federal fraud-fighting initiative will apply increased scrutiny to provider health claims submitted to both government and private payers, government officials announced Thursday.

House members raise concerns over Medicare Advantage demonstration project

House members raise concerns over Medicare Advantage demonstration project

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Republican members of the House Ways and Means Committee have accused the Department of Health and Human Services of overstepping its authority in implementing a controversial Medicare Advantage demonstration project.

Sebelius: States still can't reduce Medicaid eligibility

Sebelius: States still can't reduce Medicaid eligibility

Although states can opt out of the Affordable Care Act's Medicaid expansion, they still may not tighten eligibility requirements, the nation's top health official warned this week.

Federal agencies free up funding for elder abuse response and prevention

Federal agencies free up funding for elder abuse response and prevention

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Congress and federal health officials announced separate avenues of funding for the prevention and response to cases of elder abuse Thursday.

Lawmaker questions existence of Center for Medicare & Medicaid Innovation

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A House Republican has doubts about a program created by the Affordable Care Act to test new care delivery models for Medicare and Medicaid beneficiaries and dual eligibles.

Commencement speech season heats up

Commencement speech season heats up

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Since I am sucker for celebrity commencement addresses, mid- to late-May is like my own, personal Christmas.

Administration sets new compliance date for ICD-10 diagnosing codes

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The Obama administration has given healthcare providers, including those in long-term care, an extra year to become compliant with a set of disease diagnosis codes.

HHS is overdue in providing federal Medicaid spending update

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Two top Congressional Republicans are concerned that a report on federal Medicaid spending is thus far two months late.

Rules for implementing technology may be about to change

More than 1,000 technology vendors are in Las Vegas this week to participate in the 2012 Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) conference. The annual event comes at a pivotal time for the IT sector. The Department of Health and Human Services is expected to release proposed rules for Stage 2 of its Meaningful Use incentive program for adoption of electronic health records. National health IT coordinator Farzad Mostashari, M.D., will deliver a keynote address Thursday morning. And last week, HHS secretary Kathleen Sebelius told reporters her department might delay the deadline for complying with the ICD-10 diagnostic coding regimen.

Catholic nursing homes will be affected by HHS contraception regulation

About 500 Catholic nursing homes in the United States will be affected by a regulation requiring employer health insurance plans to cover contraceptive services.

House repeals CLASS Act

House repeals CLASS Act

The House of Representatives repealed the CLASS Act on Wednesday night, although its future is far from clear. Many observers expect Republican efforts to repeal CLASS will die in the Senate, where there is likely not enough support to push through the Fiscal Responsibility and Retirement Security Act.

Affordable Care Act provides help for nursing homes, brief says

The Affordable Care Act benefits nursing homes and other residential care facilities, according to an amicus curiae brief filed in the Supreme Court by six aging groups.

Alzheimer's experts to finalize Obama administration taskforce plan

A panel of Alzheimer's experts is kicking off a two-day meeting in Washington today to formalize an Obama administration goal of developing effective ways to treat and prevent Alzheimer's by 2025.

Government saved $17.6 billion in 2011 due to fraud prevention programs

Government saved $17.6 billion in 2011 due to fraud prevention programs

A government crackdown on improper payments in federal programs, such as Medicare and Medicaid, cut wasteful payments by $17.6 billion in 2011, the Office of Management and Budget reported Tuesday. The administration's Campaign to Cut Waste saved $7 billion in Medicare fee-for-service payment errors between 2010 and 2011, according to the OMB.

Demise of CLASS boosted awareness of long-term care, says former actuary

Although all signs point to the CLASS Act being shelved indefinitely, the program's former leader says the silver lining is the ongoing discussion about long-term care needs.

Talk of federal long-term care benefit won't go away

If opponents of the CLASS Act think they've beaten down or somehow subdued chief advocate Larry Minnix or his LeadingAge members, they have another thing coming. Despite a week of roiling controversy and confusion that has some official sources leaving it for dead, CLASS still has an active champion in Minnix. That much was abundantly clear in a video interview with McKnight's on Wednesday.

LeadingAge: Don't stop fighting for CLASS Act

LeadingAge: Don't stop fighting for CLASS Act

The Department of Health and Human Services may have shelved the CLASS long-term care benefit, but advocates of the program said mixed messages from the White House suggest otherwise. One major provider association said it would continue to fight to keep the program alive while another issued a statement Monday that was more resigned that the CLASS Act was all but dead.