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'Ebola czar' Klain to leave post Feb. 15

President Barack Obama's "Ebola czar" Ron Klain will return to his job as president of Case Holdings upon departing the White House but will continue to advise the administration about the deadly virus, the Washington Post reports.

Hospitals urge Supreme Court not to strike down premium subsidies

Don't touch taxpayer premium subsidies.That was the unambiguous message the American Hospital Association and Federation of American Hospitals--and by extension, thousands of acute care providers--sent to the U.S. Supreme Court in the form of an amicus brief regarding the King v. Burwell case.

CMS to shorten Meaningful Use attestation reporting period for 2015

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services has finally agreed to give providers a reprieve, announcing that it intends to issue a new rule that would "update" the Medicare and Medicaid EHR incentive programs, and shorten the attesting reporting period in 2015 from 365 days to 90 days in order to "accommodate" these changes.

CDC to crack down on laboratory security

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is tightening its laboratory security measures in the wake of several major safety mishaps, Reuters reports.

More hospital competition linked to lower insurance premiums

When it comes to healthcare, competition likely is good for the consumer, according to a report published in the  Antitrust Health Care Chronicle.

How the FTC promotes healthcare competition

The Federal Trade Commission has an important role to play in promoting competition within healthcare, two blog posts from Health Affairs argue.

How much hospital security is too much?

With workplace violence becoming an ever more common threat in the healthcare industry, recent incidents have led hospital leaders to question whether their security plans are strong enough--or if some measures might go too far.

Feds: 50 percent of FFS payments tied to quality initiatives by 2018

As part of its mission to reduce unnecessary care while improving patient outcomes, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced this week it will dramatically reform how it pays providers for treating Medicare patients in the coming years.

Ohio sues Obama administration over ACA tax on public health employee plans

Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine (R) has sued the Obama administration, alleging that Affordable Care Act tax assessments against state and local governments for public health employee plans are unconstitutional.

CBO: Healthcare to drive federal spending hike

Federal spending is on pace to increase over the next few years, largely driven by healthcare spending, said a new report from the Congressional Budget Office.