With the presidential election decided, doctors and some advocates are calling for the administration to relax restrictions on the sale of Plan B to teens.
December 7, 2012 With the presidential election decided, doctors and some advocates are calling for the administration to make it easier for teenagers to get the morning-after birth control pill.
November 20, 2012 Now that the Supreme Court has found the Affordable Care Act constitutional and the president's re-election made clear that big chunks of the law will take effect in 2014, the administration is finally releasing rules of the road that states and insurance companies have been clamoring for.
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HHS found that 19 percent of nurse aides who'd been disciplined had a prior conviction that would have shown up on a background check.
October 11, 2012 The federal government is providing more grants for nursing home background checks, but a federal investigation finds that a background check would likely flag some, but not all, of the aides who ultimately are disciplined.
Insurers and the federal government are teaming up to fight health fraud.
July 26, 2012 The idea behind the partnership is to share the best ideas of law enforcement, government and industry on things like identifying patterns of suspicious claims, data mining and even catching simultaneous claims for the same patient in different cities.
Dolphin bite? There's a medical code for that.
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February 16, 2012 Thousands of detailed codes form the backbone of a billing system that the federal government has been seeking to modernize for a while. The U.S., unlike other countries, is still using old codes. After doctors objected, the government agreed to delay implementation indefinitely.
December 2, 2011 That decision, in one of the regulations for implementing the health overhaul, is sure to disappoint insurance agents, as you might have guessed. But it's more important than you might have imagined. The ruling makes it more likely that insurers will have to pay rebates to customers.
People check their smartphones while standing in the street shortly after an earthquake struck Washington on Tuesday.
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August 23, 2011 The idea is to make it easy for Facebook users to beef up their own preparedness and strengthen their social connections in case something goes really wrong, such as a pandemic or serious earthquake.
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