Implementation

 

Implementation

Recovering from the Recovery Act, Part 3

Tuesday, December 20th, 2011 - 11:33
Tuesday, December 20, 2011 - 10:29
President Obama created the Government Accountability and Transparency Board (GAT Board), headed by Earl Devaney, the chair of the Recovery Accountability and Transparency Board (Recovery Board), to recommend ways to apply the successful lessons of how Recovery Act monies were overseen to all government spending.<

Congressional Oversight of Performance

Wednesday, December 14th, 2011 - 11:44
Wednesday, December 14, 2011 - 10:39
The Government Accountability Office (GAO) released a set of briefing slides, “Managing for Results:  Opportunities for Congress to Address Government Performance Issues,” which it is using to bring Members of Congress and their staffs up to speed on  the government’s “performance management framework” and how they can use performance information gleaned from agencies to “address challenges facing the federal government.”

Final Medical Loss Ratio Rule Rebuffs Lobbying By Insurance Brokers

Monday, December 5th, 2011 - 12:19
Monday, December 5, 2011 - 11:09
The Obama administration has issued a stringent rule to regulate the implementation of medical loss ratios, which are requirements that insurance companies spend set percentages of their premium income on medical care, as opposed to administrative expenses.

Virginia’s Implementation of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act: Forging a New Intergovernmental Partnership

Friday, November 18th, 2011 - 12:15
ARA funds were accompanied by a new, centralized system of strict financial accountability and performance reporting, with frequent reporting requirements. These new requirements, as well as the rapid implementation timeframe required by ARA, created an enormous implementation challenge for all the participants in our federal-state-local-nonprofit intergovernmental system.

Supreme Courts Will Consider Arguments About Constitutionality of Expanding Medicaid

Friday, November 18th, 2011 - 11:38
Friday, November 18, 2011 - 10:29
While the Supreme Court's decision to hear arguments against the individual mandate in health reform has received the vast majority of coverage, a decision regarding the expansion of Medicaid could have an even greater impact, according to The Washington Post..

HHS Office of Health Reform Speaks to MSPP

Tuesday, November 15th, 2011 - 16:36
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Tuesday, November 15, 2011 - 14:55
On Tuesday, two members of the Department of Health and Human Services' Office of Health Reform made a special trip to the University of Maryland to update the School on the status health reform law. Jennfer Cannistra, J.D. and Kristin Young, J.D. of the aptly named Office of Health Reform shared their intimate knowledge of the many facets of the Affordable Care Act.

Obama Administration to Announce $1B in Funding to Expand Health Care Workforce

Monday, November 14th, 2011 - 9:11
Monday, November 14, 2011 - 08:00
The Obama administration is expected Monday to announce $1 billion in grants to expand the health care workforce, from doctors to community workers, according to The Washington Post.

Children of State Employees Get Coverage from SCHIP in Handful of States

Monday, November 7th, 2011 - 9:29
Monday, November 7, 2011 - 08:16
At least six states now allow the children of state employees, in some cases, to enroll in the joint federal-state Children's Health Insurance Program, according to Kaiser Health News and The Washington Post. The shift was allowed under the 2010 health reform law.

Agency Customer Service Plans

Tuesday, November 1st, 2011 - 11:32
Tuesday, November 1, 2011 - 11:27
The Executive Order gave agencies until the last week of October to provide their plans to the Office of Management and Budget, and last week the plans were delivered and posted on OMB’s governmentwide performance website.  As originally envisioned, the emphasis would be on the use of technology to improve customer service, and the agencies plans reflect that approach.

Maine Lawsuit to Have Ramifications for Key Enforcement Mechanism in Health Reform

Monday, October 31st, 2011 - 12:17
Monday, October 31, 2011 - 12:04
A lawsuit filed in Maine by a unit of WellPoint argues that state regulators violated the law when they held down proposed insurance rate increases, according to a report (http://www.kaiserhealthnews.org/Stories/2011/October/31/WellPoint-Fights...) from Kaiser Health News. WellPoint argues that regulators should not be allowed to force insurance companies to have rates low enough that the companies have to take a loss on that section of their business.
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