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Can We Tame The Wild West of Health Care Pricing?

By TORBEN NIELSEN Health care pricing is like the Wild West and it is only a matter of time before it catches up with us. In July, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) confirmed what many consumers, employers and health plans already knew: there is no cost and quality standard in the American

Obamacare's Accountable Medicare Effort Saves Another $400M

A rapidly expanding health care delivery system that rewards doctors and hospitals for working together to improve quality reaped $411 million in savings, the Obama administration said.  The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services said Tuesday more than 350 accountable care organizations combined to achieve savings in 2014 as the government [...]

Sepsis care guidance: Nationwide hospital requirements

As hospitals across America brace for rigorous mandates for care of septic patients that will be adopted by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services in October, a new review unveils research-based guidance to improve compliance when treating this common and deadly syndrome.

Arkansas Is Fourth State to Halt Planned Parenthood Funding

2 weeks agoNews : Newsweek: US

Arkansas Governor Asa Hutchinson has moved to cut the state’s funding of Planned Parenthood Federation of America and ordered the Department of Human Services to sever its Medicaid contract with the abortion provider. Effective in 30...Show More Summary

Ark. Gov. Hutchinson: Cut Off Planned Parenthood's Medicaid Contract Even If It Violates Federal Laws

Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson has asked the state's Department of Human Services to end its Medicaid contract with Planned Parenthood, whose officials were shown discussing delivery of babies' body parts in secretly taped videos. StemExpress, a tissue company, is also cutting its ties with the abortion provider.

Arkansas Is the Latest State to Defund Planned Parenthood

Following in the footsteps of Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal and Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley, Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson has directed his state's Department of Human Services to terminate its Medicaid contract with Planned Parenthood....Show More Summary

New CMS Forecast: Drug Spending Grows Along with Impossible Hospitals and Doctor Spending

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) recently released its latest forecasts for national health expenditures. They are summarized in a new Health Affairs article: National Health Expenditure Projections, 2014–24: Spending...Show More Summary

50 Years of Medicare and Medicaid

Last week, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) celebrated the 50th Anniversary for Medicare and Medicaid.

OMG! AMP Final Rule is at OMB!

You gotta strike when the moment is right without thinking. And its looks like the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) might finally be doing so. Apparently, the oft-delayed Federal Upper Limits (FUL) and the Final Rule on...Show More Summary

Yelp Adds Emergency Room Wait Times to Its Hospital Review Pages

The new data comes from patient surveys conducted by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.

Learning Social Media Basics to improve #ACA outreach

The Partner Relations Group (PRG), in the Office of Communications at the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), helps to communicate messages with national partners on a variety of CMS initiatives, including the Health Insurance Marketplace. At the end of open enrollment for 2015, 11.7 million  people had signed up for health care coverage...

Bobby Jindal Uses Planned Parenthood Videos to Cut Care to Medicaid Patients

As expected, Senate Republicans failed in their attempt to cut off contraception and health screening services for Planned Parenthood patients. But Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal rushed to act, announcing that Medicaid patients who go to Planned Parenthood will not be allowed to go there any more. Show More Summary

Sen. Hatch, Grassley, And Barrasso Address Administration On Failed Obamacare Exchanges

Three senators have sent a letter to the Acting Administrator of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) on the failed state-based exchanges (SBE) under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, commonly known as Obamacare. Show More Summary

Yes, ObamaCare is a Government Takeover of Health Insurance and Care

Philip Klein of the Washington Examiner is always a good read: In 2014, according to new data from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services published in the journal Health Affairs, “[h]ealth care spending sponsored by the federal government is projected to have risen by 10.1 percent.” This was the year that Obamacare added millions […]

Former ObamaCare Executive Now Works for Insurance Company Lobbying Group

Marilynn Tavenner, former chief of Medicare and Medicaid services in the Obama administration, is now a lobbyist for health insurance companies.

Medicaid Enrollment Surge Causes Concern About State Budgets

Lawmakers warn that the price of expanding could mean less money for other state services

Medicaid Officials Work To Find A Formula For 'Medically Complex' Kids

This piece comes to us courtesy of Stateline. Stateline is a nonpartisan, nonprofit news service of the Pew Charitable Trusts that provides daily reporting and analysis on trends in state policy. TAMPA, Florida — Five-year-old Lakota Lockhart talks about Batman nonstop. Show More Summary

Medicaid Officials Work To Find A Formula For 'Medically Complex' Kids

2 months agoNews : Huffington Post

This piece comes to us courtesy of Stateline. Stateline is a nonpartisan, nonprofit news service of the Pew Charitable Trusts that provides daily reporting and analysis on trends in state policy. TAMPA, Florida — Five-year-old Lakota Lockhart talks about Batman nonstop. Show More Summary

Turn, Turn, Turn - from Colubia/ HCA Executive, to Virginia Secretary of Health and Human Resources, to Director of the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), to America's Healt Insurance Plans (AHIP)

Marilyn Tavenner's career continues to revolve, er, evolve.Columbia/ HCAMarilyn Tavenner worked for Columbia / HCA, now HCA, although details of her job there are sketchy. Apparently she worked there for a long time, according to a 2015...Show More Summary

CMS Office of Minority Health Releases Updated Index of Marketplace, Medicare and Medicaid Resources in Multiple Languages

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services Office of Minority Health (CMS OMH) has released an updated Index of CMS Resources by Language [PDF 2.9MB]. This resource provides English and non-English speakers access to information about the Health Insurance Marketplace, Medicare and Medicaid in 19 different languages. Show More Summary

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