GAO Report: HHS Lacks Adequate Healthcare Workforce Planning

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The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), which engages in planning for the 72 healthcare workforce programs administered by its agencies, lacks comprehensive planning and oversight to ensure that these efforts meet national healthcare workforce needs, according to a new report from the U.S. Government Accountability Office. These programs send HHS funding to institutions…

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Finalized DME rule targets fraud, abuse

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The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services has finalized a rule that creates a prior authorization process for some durable medical equipment, prosthetics, orthotics, and supplies (DMEPOS) that it has determined are often subject to unnecessary utilization – i.e. healthcare fraud. The rule was first proposed in May 2014 and included a Master List of…

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