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Former CMS Administrator Andy Slavitt speaking at HIMSS17.

By Bernie Monegain 11:51 am February 06, 2018
The new bipartisan organization, which includes Mark Cuban, Andy Richter, Bradley Whitford, Atul Gawande, former CMS head Mark McClellan and several hospital CEOs, will advocate for policies that lower care costs while improving access.
cvs aetna
By Susan Morse 02:19 pm February 02, 2018
The request extends the Hart-Scott-Rodino waiting period for the acquisition, but CVS Health continues to expect the deal will be completed in the second half of 2018, according to an SEC filing.
Opioid commission
By Jessica Davis 12:14 pm February 01, 2018
Sens. Elizabeth Warren, Patty Murray, Tim Kaine and others want to know where the administration is spending money and what actions have been taken to combat the crisis – especially on telemedicine initiatives.
By Bernie Monegain 12:32 pm January 31, 2018
Nebraska Health Information Initiative CEO Deb Bass said the agency is trying to identify and avoid adverse medical effects to reduce readmissions.

Credit: Centers for Disease Control

By Jeff Lagasse 11:16 am January 31, 2018
Brenda Fitzgerald bought stock in Japan Tobacco in August 2017, one month into her tenure as the agency’s director.
Coast Guard EHR vendor
By Bernie Monegain 04:44 pm January 30, 2018
Duncan Hunter told Coast Guard officials they should not waste resources looking for a new product when the DoD and VA have already chosen to deploy Cerner’s EHR platform.
HHS oversight

Rep. Trey Gowdy, R-South Carolina, speaking at a House committee meeting in December. Credit: C-span

By Jessica Davis 02:27 pm January 30, 2018
Just days after Alex Azar was confirmed as HHS Secretary, the House Oversight Committee took the agency to task for being uncooperative and missing mutually agreed upon deadlines.
CMS meaningful use requirements
By Susan Morse 04:07 pm January 29, 2018
The QualityNet Secure Portal, or QNet streamlines data submission methods to make it easier for eligible hospitals and CAH’s to report.
Coast Guard EHR
By Bernie Monegain 11:36 am January 29, 2018
House Transportation Committee will question Coast Guard on Jan. 30 about its lack of management, governance, administration over the EHR issues.
telehealth legislation
By Jonah Comstock 09:42 am January 29, 2018
With all the back and forth in Washington, D.C., lawmakers are not passing some important pieces of legislation concerning Medicare reimbursement for telehealth, Roy Schoenberg says.

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