- Sebelius to stay on as HHS secretary
Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius will stay in her post, a White House official said Wednesday.
Several of President Obama’s top Cabinet officials have either stepped down or announced their plans to do so relatively soon, as is common at the beginning of a president’s second term.
But the White House official said Sebelius — along with Attorney General Eric Holder and Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki — will be sticking around.
- Boston declares public health emergency for flu outbreak
Mayor Thomas Menino (D) declared a public health emergency for Boston on Wednesday in response to a growing flu outbreak.
The common winter illness has killed 18 people in Massachusetts and sickened 700 in Boston this season — 10 times the number of cases that hit the city last season.
Officials warned that flu season arrived nearly five weeks early and hit the Eastern United States particularly hard.
- Mont. senators challenge HHS redefining ‘frontier’
Montana Sens. Max Baucus (D) and Jon Tester (D) have asked the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to reconsider its decision to change the definition of “frontier” from population density to a community’s distance from a major city.
The senators sent a letter to HHS’s Office of Rural Health Policy on Monday explaining how the change would negatively affect small towns in rural areas get access to doctors and services.
- Study says Obama law will reshape health industry in 2013
President Obama’s signature healthcare law will prompt major health-industry changes this year, according to a new study.
Accounting firm PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) named seven aspects of the Affordable Care Act as part of its top-10 list of issues facing the healthcare industry in 2013.
The study described a healthcare system in flux as a result of budgetary pressures, technological advancement, changes in consumer tastes and long-term questions about the viability of employer-based coverage.
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