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GAO digs into HHS fundraising efforts

Last spring, news broke regarding outgoing U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius' role in raising money for Enroll America, a nonprofit that promotes healthcare reform. Now new details surrounding this alleged campaign have surfaced, according to a new report from the Government Accountability Office.

VA fails to pay outside ER claims

The Department of Veterans Affairs, which provides healthcare services to tens of millions of former military veterans and their families, apparently failed to cover the costs of many of their charges when they received emergency services outside of the VA system, according to a government report.

GAO provides benchmark premium pricing info

A year before most of the reform law provisions were implemented, insurers were charging individual consumers a wide range of prices for premiums, deductibles and co-insurance, according to a new report from the Government Accountability Office.

Healthcare spending on state, local level double national rate

Growth in healthcare spending by state and local governments doubled the overall growth of healthcare spending nationwide in 2012, illustrating the pressures such entities are under to meet obligations in that arena.

3 over-hyped healthcare reform stories

Health reform-related stories have certainly been extremely popular this year throughout all media sources, whether industry-focused or mainstream. However, there's been a fair share of stories...

Lawmaker to introduce bill to delay individual mandate

Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) plans to introduce legislation that would delay the individual mandate until after the health insurance exchanges are operating smoothly, reported Politico.

VA doctors received bonuses despite poor performance, GAO says

Doctors working for the Veterans Affairs Department received bonuses despite having action taken against them for poor performance, a Government Accountability Office report says. 

Inappropriate imaging: How research helps to combat the threat

Research published within the last week illustrates that there clearly is a ways to go to ensure that the problem of inappropriate imaging is being adequately addressed.... So what should be done?

GAO: Insurers charge wide range of premiums

The GAO broke down premium costs on a state-by-state basis using data from the federal website healthcare.gov and found insurers charge a range of premiums, deductibles and out-of-pocket costs based on characteristics like members' age, health history, family size and geographic location.

New hospital may have a $1 billion pricetag

The costs to build a new Veterans Affairs hospital in Aurora, Colo. has continued to spiral out of control and could eventually top $1 billion, reported the  Denver Post