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Waste and Fraud

February 08, 2017 | Daily News

An internal HHS memo dated Feb. 6 lays out jobs and occupations HHS has identified as exempt from President Donald Trump’s federal hiring freeze, however the specific impact on FDA and user fee hiring remains unclear.

February 08, 2017 | Daily News

Sen. Tom Carper (D-DE) is raising concerns that President Donald Trump's federal hiring freeze could leave Medicare and Medicaid more vulnerable to fraud if HHS can't hire staff focused on program integrity, though HHS Secretary-nominee Tom Price says if confirmed he will take into account the role of fraud fighters as he works with the White House to implement the freeze.

January 13, 2017 | Daily News

The Office of Medicare Hearings and Appeals issued a final rule Friday (Jan. 13) that lets agency attorneys handle some third-level appeals, allows for precedential decisions at the fourth level of appeals, and removes language that says Administrative Law Judges “must” issue a decision within 90 days, among other provisions that HHS officials say will streamline certain aspects of the appeals process.

January 05, 2017 | Daily News

A federal district court rejected HHS' request to reconsider its recent decision ordering the agency to eliminate a Medicare appeals backlog by 2021.

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