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Kathleen Sebelius to step down as HHS Secretary

Kathleen Sebelius is expected to announce that she is stepping down from her post as Secretary of the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services on Friday, according to multiple news outlets.

Kathleen Sebelius to resign as HHS Secretary

Kathleen Sebelius is expected to announce today that she is stepping down from her post as Secretary of the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, according to multiple news outlets.

Are hospitals fudging charity care numbers?

Many hospitals may not need the fiscal benefits of providing and reporting charity care, according to  100Reporters.

DeSalvo unveils plan to transition ONC to 'less siloed' workgroups

National Coordinator for Health IT Karen DeSalvo believes it's time to shake things up a little at ONC. At the April 8 meeting of the Health IT Policy Committee, DeSalvo talked about ONC's priorities moving beyond Meaningful Use; in particular, she laid out plans for transitioning the agency's current workgroups into newer, "less siloed" workgroups.

CA hospitals overbilled Medicare by $367M

California's hospitals received overpayments from the Medicare program that totaled nearly $367 million in 2012, primarily for inpatient services, the San Francisco Business Times reported.

Do differences in physician and NP training impact patient care?

As  more states expand the scope of practice for nurse practitioners  in an effort to combat the growing  physician sho rtage,  Remapping Debate   expl ores  the differences in training between the providers and whether those differences impact patient care.

Affordable Care Act may lower liability insurance costs

The effects of expanded private coverage and Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act go beyond health insurers to other liability insurance companies, namely, auto insurers, a new report from the Rand Corporation finds.

Racial, wealth coverage gaps close among children

The percentage of children without insurance fell from 9.7 percent in 2008 to 7.5 percent in 2012, largely due to public programs like Medicaid and the Children's Health Insurance Program, according to a new report from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.

Physicians, specialty groups warn released CMS data lacks context

Many specialty groups, such as the American Medical Association, and individual physicians object to the federal government's release of data on doctors' Medicare payments.

HIT policy committee approves best practices for proxy access to EHR data

The Health IT policy committee this week gave a green light to recommendations from its privacy and security Tiger Team that empower patient personal representatives (proxies) for adults with view/download/transmit (VDT) permissions for protected health information. Such permissions as they pertain to adolescent patients will be discussed at a future meeting.