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  • CMS Continues Efforts to help with Hurricane Florence Emergency Response

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    CMS Continues Efforts to help with Hurricane Florence Emergency Response

    Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services Continues Efforts to help with Hurricane Florence Emergency Response



    Agency waivers take effect in Virginia



    (September 14, 2018) - - The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) today announced efforts underway to support Virginia in response to Hurricane Florence. This week, Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar declared a public health emergency in Virginia. With the public health emergency in effect, CMS has taken several actions to provide immediate relief
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  • GSA Issues Request for Proposal for Entity Identification and Validation Services

    U.S. General Services Administration Issues Request for Proposal for Entity Identification and Validation Services




    Washington, DC - - (August 31, 2018) - - The U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) has released a Request for Proposal (RFP) for governmentwide entity validation services. All proposals are due back to GSA by 5:00 p.m. EDT on Monday, October 1, 2018. This procurement is for entity validation services to protect the integrity of taxpayer dollars throughout the federal award process. Prior to entering into a busi...
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  • U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Azar Declares Public Health Emergencies in North Carolina and South Carolina Due to Hurricane Florence

    U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Azar Declares Public Health Emergencies in North Carolina and South Carolina Due to Hurricane Florence





    (September 11, 2018) - - Following the lead of President Trump’s emergency declarations for North Carolina and South Carolina, Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Alex M. Azar today declared public health emergencies in the two states as Hurricane Florence continues its track toward the eastern seaboard. The declarations give HHS’ Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ (CMS) beneficiaries and their healthcare providers...
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  • U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Azar Meets with Specialty and Patient Groups Regarding Drug Pricing

    U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Azar Meets with Specialty and Patient Groups Regarding Drug Pricing






    (August 16, 2018) - - On Wednesday, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Alex Azar met with representatives of specialty-physician and patient groups to discuss the Trump Administration’s efforts to offer new tools for Medicare Advantage plans to negotiate lower drug prices for patients. The groups included the American Academy of Ophthalmology, the American Cancer Society’s Cancer Action Netw...
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  • U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Awards 125 Million Dollars to Support Community Health Center Quality Improvement

    U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Awards $125 Million to Support Community Health Center Quality Improvement




    (August 15, 2018) - - Today, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced $125 million in Quality Improvement grant awards to 1,352 community health centers across all U.S. states, territories and the District of Columbia. Funded by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), health centers will use these funds to continue to improve quality, efficiency, and the effectiveness of healthcare delivery in the communities...
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  • U.S. General Services Administration Releases FY2019 Per Diem Rates for Federal Travelers

    U.S. General Services Administration Releases FY2019 Per Diem Rates for Federal Travelers



    Washington, DC - - (August 14, 2018) - - The U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) today released the fiscal year (FY) 2019 travel per diem rates, which will take effect on October 1, 2018. By law, GSA sets these rates for the Continental United States annually. Based on local market costs of mid-priced hotels, lodging per diem rates provide caps, or maximum amounts, that can be reimbursed...
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  • U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar Delivers ALEC Speech and Participates in Louisiana Healthcare Leaders Roundtable

    U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar Delivers ALEC Speech and Participates in Louisiana Healthcare Leaders Roundtable





    (August 9, 2018) - - On Thursday, Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar delivered remarks at the 45th American Legislative Exchange Council Annual Meeting in New Orleans, Louisiana. His remarks focused on the Trump Administration’s commitment to working with and challenging states to improve healthcare. Here is a key excerpt from his speech: “From administering Medicaid programs to...
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  • U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Azar Statement on Passing of Former HHS Secretary Margaret Heckler

    U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Azar Statement on Passing of Former HHS Secretary Margaret Heckler






    (August 7, 2018) - - U. S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Alex Azar issued the following statement regarding the passing of Margaret Heckler, who served as Secretary of Health and Human Services from 1983 to 1985: “It is with great sadness that I have learned of the death of Margaret Heckler, former secretary of Health and Human Services. Secretary Heckler lived a full life in devotion to serving her country...
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  • Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services Proposes “Pathways to Success,” an Overhaul of Medicare’s ACO Program

    Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services Proposes “Pathways to Success,” an Overhaul of Medicare’s ACO Program







    (August 9, 2018) - - Today, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) issued a proposed rule that would overhaul the Medicare Shared Savings Program, which is the program established by the Affordable Care Act and launched in 2012 under which the vast majority of Medicare’s Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs) operate. The redesigned program is called “Pathways to Success.” ACOs are groups of health care providers that agree to take responsibility for the total cost and quality of care for their patients. In return, ACOs receive a portion of the savi...
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  • U.S. General Services Administration City Pair Program Saves Billions for Federal Agencies

    U.S. General Services Administration City Pair Program Saves Billions for Federal Agencies


    More than $2 billion saved annually through government’s air travel program


    Washington, DC - - (July 18, 2018) - - The U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) awarded its Fiscal Year 2019 City Pair Program air travel contracts, which will save the government approximately $2.38 billion next year. Under the GSA City Pair Program, airfare rates for the federal government’s official travel are pre-negotiated
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  • Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services issues Proposed Additional Rule to Address Risk Adjustment Program for the 2018 Benefit Year

    Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services issues Proposed Additional Rule to Address Risk Adjustment Program for the 2018 Benefit Year



    Proposed rule seeks to provide certainty and sustain consumer choices and affordability


    (August 8, 2018) - - Today’s notice of proposed rulemaking, “Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act; Methodology for the HHS-operated Permanent Risk Adjustment Program for 2018 Proposed Rule,” proposes to adopt the risk adjustment methodology that HHS previously established for the 2018
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  • U.S. General Services Administration Issues Request for Information on Technology Business Management

    U.S. General Services Administration Issues Request for Information on Technology Business Management




    Transparency in IT spending will improve outcomes and save taxpayer dollars



    Washington, DC - - (June 18, 2018) - - The U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) today issued a Request for Information (RFI) seeking feedback from industry on how it can adopt Technology Business Management (TBM) across the federal government. Adopting the TBM Taxonomy will provide a standardized view of IT spend and provide greater transparency
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  • U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Azar Praises Trump Administration Expansion of Health Insurance Options

    U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Azar Praises Trump Administration Expansion of Health Insurance Options



    (June 19, 2018) - - HHS Secretary Alex Azar issued the following statement regarding the Department of Labor’s release of a final rule on the regulation of Association/Small Business Health Plans: “This action by the Trump Administration will give more Americans access to affordable, high-quality health insurance coverage. Allowing small businesses and individuals to band together to...
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  • Statement by U.S. Health and Human Services Deputy Secretary Hargan on Unaccompanied Alien Children Facilities

    Statement by U.S. Health and Human Services Deputy Secretary Hargan on Unaccompanied Alien Children Facilities




    (June 17, 2018) - - Health and Human Services Deputy Secretary Eric Hargan issued the following statement regarding the upcoming Congressional tours of the Unaccompanied Alien Children facilities: "We look forward to having several members of Congress tour HHS – funded Unaccompanied Alien Children (UAC) facilities in Texas and California today and tomorrow. Congress gave HHS the responsibility to care for these children and teenagers, and we take this legal mandate very seriously. It is our hope that as members tour the facilities they will see the facilities for what they are intended to provide: safe and healthy environments for children and teenagers to reside u...
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  • Robert Borden Named U.S. General Services Administration Chief of Staff

    Robert Borden Named U.S. General Services Administration Chief of Staff

    GSA taps Mark McHale to be new Associate Administrator for the Office of Strategic Communication


    Washington, DC - - (June 12, 2018) - - The U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) today announced the appointment of Robert Borden to serve as chief of staff. An appointee of President Donald J. Trump, Borden will use his extensive congressional experience to support the agency in its mission to deliver value and savings in real estate,
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