Tag Archives: Medicaid

CBO: Budget Deficit at $285B After Seven Months of FY 2015

A new Congressional Budget Office report says the federal government’s budget deficit sat at $285 million after seven months of the current fiscal year, a figure $22 billion lower from the prior year period. In a report published Thursday, CBO also says that the government’s receipts and outlays from October 2014 to April 2015 are both …

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Janet Vogel, Director of Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services’ Office of Technology Solutions

Janet Vogel serves as director of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services’ office of technology solutions, where she oversees the enterprise information technology services and software infrastructure. Vogel also manages the enterprise technology programs for Medicare, Medicaid, children’s health program, insurance exchange programs and eHealth. She joined CMS in …

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CBO Report Examines Federal Healthcare Spending

The government’s healthcare spending has slowed in past years but is still predicted to overtake the country’s economic output, a new Congressional Budget Office report says. According to the nonpartisan analyst’s “2013 Long-Term Budget Outlook,” federal spending on Medicare is forecast to account for 4.9 percent of gross domestic product in …

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Marilyn Tavenner Confirmed as Permanent CMS Head

The Senate confirmed Marilyn Tavenner in a 91-7 vote Wednesday as Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services administrator, a role she has held on an acting basis since 2010, Reuters reports. David Morgan writes CMS has not had a full-time chief since 2006, when Dr. Mark McClellan left the agency …

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Marilyn Tavenner Renominated CMS Chief

President Barack Obama has nominated Marilyn Tavenner for a second time as administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, an agency she has led on an acting basis since 2011. Bloomberg reports Obama nominated her to succeed Donald Berwick after he stepped down in 2011 but the Senate …

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McDonnell Submits Proposed Virginia State Budget

Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell‘s proposed budget for 2012 through 2014 would have a net spending increase of $211.4 million over the current two-year $80 billion budget, WTOP reports. Among the increases listed in the report, the largest is a $128.2 million deposit into the state’s rainy day fund, including a …

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EHR Medicaid Incentive Payments Nearly Hit $2B in 2011, GAO Says

Medicaid incentive payments to hospitals for achieving meaningful use of electronic health records received $1.7 billion during 2011 under that program, a Government Accountability Office report says. According to Nextgov, GAO also found more hospitals wanted to participate in the Medicaid EHR incentive program over a similar program for Medicare. …

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