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Hargan named acting secretary at HHS


WASHINGTON – President Donald Trump has named Eric Hargan as acting secretary for the Department of Health and Human Services.

In brief: Health spending ‘on right track,’ Medicare Advantage enrollment to grow


WASHINGTON – Growth in U.S. healthcare spending over the next 10 years will be modest in comparison to historical trends, according to a Sept. 18 report from the CMS Office of the Actuary.

HHS on Medicare Advantage: Enrollment high, premiums low


WASHINGTON – Enrollment in Medicare Advantage (MA) plans is expected to increase for the fourth year in a row in 2014, with only slight increases in premiums expected.

HIPAA changes: ‘They are looking for issues’


WASHINGTON – New regulations governing patient privacy go into effect Sept. 23, and industry stakeholders say many HME providers aren’t ready.

Competitive bidding: Judge rebukes CMS


MINNEAPOLIS – A federal judge may have granted the government’s request to dismiss a competitive bidding-related lawsuit filed against CMS by a specialty HME provider, but that doesn’t mean he thinks justice was served.

Waivers 'get Medicare regs out of your way'

Stakeholders: What about audits?

WASHINGTON – The Department of Health and Human Services will waive or modify requirements for Medicare, Medicaid and CHIP providers in New York and New Jersey due to Hurricane Sandy.