Government & Policy

ransomware breach reports
By Jessica Davis 08:50 am March 20, 2017
More than 4,000 ransomware attacks occur daily and healthcare is the largest target. Despite HHS requirements and significant risk of untimely notification, however, breach reporting doesn’t match up.
Trump budget healthcare
By Jessica Davis 10:28 am March 17, 2017
A look at the agencies hit hardest and those that stand to benefit, funding-wise, in Trump’s budget proposal.
VA
By Jessica Davis 03:11 pm March 16, 2017
Both the Office of Inspector General and the Government Accountability Office had a long list of shortcomings at Veterans Affairs.
By Susan Morse 02:51 pm March 16, 2017
Chairman Diane Black calls the AHCA “the conservative vision we’ve been talking about for years,” but prominent Democrats and even some Republicans take issue with the legislation. 

Former CMS acting administrator Andy Slavitt talked about the health IT marketplace not addressing the real needs of patients and doctors during a fireside chat at HIMSS17 in Orlando last month.

By Bernie Monegain 12:27 pm March 16, 2017
Former CMS Administrator signs-on as a senior adviser and will work on a platform to connect policymakers and everyday Americans.
Trump budget slashes HHS
By Henry Powderly 11:31 am March 16, 2017
In addition to reducing Health and Human Services budget by 18 percent, the proposal would move AHRQ into the NIH, take $4.2 billion from LIHEAP, but add $500 million to support substance abuse programs. 
CMS MIPS MGMA

CMS Administrator Seema Verma, standing, with HHS Secretar Tom Price (center) and Vice President Mike Pence. 

By Susan Morse 10:40 am March 16, 2017
MGMA senior VP calls out CMS for long overdue MIPS eligibility notices and vendor lists. 

HHS Secretary Tom Price called the American Health Care Act "much better than what's out there now," and said it will give every single American affordable insurance. 

By Tom Sullivan 09:01 am March 16, 2017
The Health and Human Services head contended Americans want the administration to grant more control over Medicaid to states and drive down costs so people can afford the coverage they want. 
Russian officers Yahoo hacking

Attorney General Jeff Sessions said the United States will vigorously prosecute cyberattackers.

By Bernie Monegain 12:59 pm March 15, 2017
A grand jury indicted two Russian Federal Security Service officers, a Russian resident and a Kazakh national for directing, aiding and paying criminal hackers.
Trump FDA pick Gottlieb
By Susan Morse 09:08 am March 15, 2017
Scott Gottlieb, who served in the FDA under President George W. Bush, is a board member on several big pharma companies and an investor in medical startups. 

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