On Friday, April 1. OPM Director John Berry testified about his agency's FY 2012 budget request before the financial services and general government subcommittee of the House Appropriations Committee. Govexec.com reports that
Berry drew praise from Republicans and Democrats for OPM's health and wellness initiatives for federal employees, the agency's efforts to increase diversity within the government workforce, effective administration of the Federal Employees Health Benefits Program, and Berry's push to boost federal hiring of veterans, which resulted in an executive order.The Affordable Care Act's ("ACA") regulators issued their sixth set of Frequently Asked Questions about ACA implementation. These FAQs focus on how to maintain grandfathered plan status. That train has basically left the station for the FEHBP.
OPM's recent FEHBP call letter asked plans to focus on patient safety. Modern Healthcare reports that over the objection of the American Hospital Association, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services have posted a spreadsheet captioned "Hospital Acquired Condition calculations for IQR 2011"
containing facility-specific information on eight hospital-acquired conditions [per 1,000 discharges], including blood incompatibility, air embolisms and two types of healthcare-associated infections. The agency declined to comment on the data, but a CMS spokesman said more clarification of the HAC data would be available soon. The file is also scheduled to be posted on Hospital Compare, the CMS' site for consumers, on April 21.