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Leading Senate Democrat calls ACA 'major political blunder'

A top U.S. Senate Democrat called the Affordable Care Act a "major political blunder" on Tuesday, saying that President Barack Obama and congressional Democrats should have focused on fixing the economy in 2009 instead.  

HHS uses holiday weekend to drive enrollment outreach

In an effort to reach its goal of enrolling 9.1 million individuals on health insurance exchanges by the end of 2015, the Department of Health and Human Services is taking the healthcare reform law on the road on this busy holiday shopping weekend.

U.S. demand for Ebola protection leaves Africa short

American demand for personal protective equipment to treat Ebola is leaving the West African countries affected by the outbreak in short supply, according to the Wall Street Journal.

OIG: Massachusetts overpaid Medicaid EHR incentives to hospitals

Massachusetts overpaid hospitals for the Medicaid electronic health record incentive program by $2.1 million over a two-year period from 2011 through the end of 2012, according to a new rep ort  from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of Inspector General.

Obama administration warns employers against shifting workers to exchanges

Employers shouldn't incent employees who are costly to cover to buy coverage on the health insurance exchanges, the Obama administration said in a frequently asked question bulle tin.

Specialist referrals: Best practices to limit liability

Physicians' referrals to specialists have at least doubled ove r the past decade  or so, but that trend isn't necessarily problematic, according to an arti cle  from  Medical Economics. 

VA fires Phoenix hospital head

The Department of Veterans Affairs fired Sharon Helman, the head of the Phoenix VA Healthcare System, on Monday after an investigation confirmed a lack of oversight and other misconduct occurred under her leadership.

Consumer discretion necessary to contain health costs

Meaningful cost containment within the healthcare system depends on patients carefully monitoring how much they pay for care, according to Marketwatch.

GAO urges review of group purchasing

The Government Accountability Office urged the U.S. Health and Human Services Administration in a new repo rt   to assess hospitals' reporting of revenue that they can receive from group purchasing organizations to ensure it does not affect Medicare payments.

Digital physician-patient communication: Do the pros really outweigh the cons?

Despite acknowledgement that digital communication is increasingly becoming a standard feature of the healthcare landscape, and often with meaningful ben efits, a  Quartz  c olumn  by Esther Choo, M.D., an emergency physician and assistant professor at Warren Alpert Medical School, explored the downsides of e-health for patients and physicians.