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Sylvia Burwell

Pharmacy gets involved in HHS reimbursement project

Pharmacy gets involved in HHS reimbursement project

WASHINGTON — The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has launched the Health Care Payment Learning and Action Network, a public-private initiative to foster the adoption of value-based health care models. Rite Aid, Walgreens and Walmart are among the network’s more than 2,800 participants, which include payers, providers, states, consumer groups and employers. The

Chain pharmacy engaged in fixing health care

The Health Care Learning and Action Network was formally launched at the White House last month. President Obama and Secretary of Health and Human Services Sylvia Mathews Burwell were on hand to voice their support for the project, which is intended to enlist a wide range of participants in the health care sector to help

Health care: A cautionary tale

Health care: A cautionary tale

A column in the metro New York newspaper Newsday illustrates the type of scenario that the Health Care Payment Learning and Action Network, announced last week by the Department of Health and Human Services, is targeting in its efforts to promote health payment models based on the quality and efficacy of care, rather than the

President Obama speaks up for value-based care

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama gave remarks Wednesday at the kick-off meeting for the Health Care Payment Learning and Action Network, a new initiative that aims to bring public and private-sector stakeholders together to build on the Affordable Care Act’s efforts to transition the U.S. health care system to models that provide the best care

Chain drug industry backs ‘better, smarter’ care

Chain drug industry backs ‘better, smarter’ care

WASHINGTON — The National Association of Chain Drug Stores joined President Barack Obama and Secretary of Health and Human Services Sylvia Burwell at the White House to launch the Health Care Payment Learning and Action Network, whose participants include Rite Aid, Walgreens and Walmart. Announced Wednesday, the Health Care Payment Learning and Action Network brings

Supreme Court revisits the Affordable Care Act

Supreme Court revisits the Affordable Care Act

WASHINGTON — The fate of the Affordable Care Act rests with the Supreme Court. The court this month heard arguments in a case that the Obama administration says could gut the law. It will decide whether some 7 million low- and middle-income people in about three-dozen states will continue to receive subsidies under the law

Rx chains help keep ACA focused on consumers

LAKEWOOD, Ohio — Highlighting the Obama administration’s partnerships with drug chains to boost health plan enrollment, Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Sylvia Burwell last month toured a CVS/pharmacy store here. Burwell’s visit also was intended to urge people to sign up for health insurance by the February 15 deadline in the current open enrollment period

Tavenner steps down as CMS administrator

WASHINGTON — Marilyn Tavenner is resigning as administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid ­Services. She will step down at the end of this month, she told CMS staff members in an e-mail. Principal deputy administrator Andrew Slavitt, who joined the agency last year to help fix HealthCare.gov, will be the acting administrator. Department of

ACA enrollment off to a good start

WASHINGTON — Nearly 6.5 million consumers selected a health insurance plan or were automatically reenrolled under the Affordable Care Act in November and December. And 87% of people who selected 2015 plans through HealthCare.gov in the first month of open enrollment are getting subsidies to lower premiums, the government reported. “We’re pleased that nationwide, millions of

HealthCare.gov performs better the second time around

WASHINGTON — A late surge lifted the number of people enrolling for health insurance under the Affordable Care Act to nearly 2.5 million since mid-November. More than 1 million signed up in the last week of open enrollment before the December 15 deadline for full-year coverage in 2015. The enrollment figure, which excluded the final