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Obama aministration shelves doctor ’mystery shoppers’ plan
The Obama administration said Tuesday that it had shelved plans for a survey in which "mystery shoppers" posing as...
State HIEs wrangle with thorny ’patient consent’ issue
Oregon and Illinois are two states that will launch their initial health information exchange core services in early...
’Mystery shoppers’ to monitor access to docs
Alarmed by a shortage of primary care doctors, Obama administration officials are recruiting a team of "mystery...
Web Exclusive: CMS Improperly Paid $38M for ED Outpatient Imaging, OIG Says
"Inconsistent payment guidance" from The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services has resulted in...
Web Exclusive: OIG: Investigations Recovered $26B in FY2010
The Office of Inspector General says actions taken against pharmaceutical firms and individuals, and against problems...
Web Exclusive: Federal HAI Prevention Funding Up for 2010
The Health and Human Services Agency says it spent $34 million in 2010 for healthcare-associated infection prevention...
Web Exclusive: Is HHS Compromising with Insurers?
Last week HHS attempted to stem the recent trend among healthcare payers to drop "child only" health plans...
Web Exclusive: HHS to Grant $727M to Community Health Centers
The Department of Health and Human Services says it will issue $727 million to 143 community health centers across the...
Tighter medical privacy rules sought
The Obama administration is rewriting new rules on medical privacy after an outpouring of criticism from consumer...
OCR's HIPAA Enforcement: More Bark or Bite?
For covered entities, the big questions are: When will stepped-up enforcement of HIPAA arrive? And how regular will it...