health care

  • CMS rethinks Hospital Compare tool database

    The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services is out with its latest data set showing the performance of almost every hospital in the United States. Is it time for an update?

  • VA, Apple collaborating on health app for veterans

    Large numbers of veterans today have grown up with technology, and now the Department of Veterans Affairs and Apple are collaborating to bring vital information to their iPhones.

  • USPS exploring idea of self-driving mail trucks

    In today’s Federal Newscast, the U.S. Postal Service is asking industry for an autonomous vehicle that can follow a route while a mail carrier is able to sort the mail for delivery.

  • Merger of DoD, VA health systems getting more consideration

    How about a merger of the health systems operated by the departments of Defense and Veterans Affairs? Bloomberg Government analysts Rob Levinson and Megan Howard had more details.

  • STRIDES aims to standardize, increase access to biomedical data

    The more accessible and standardized the data, the faster and better research can take place. That’s in part the idea behind a National Institutes of Health information technology initiative known as STRIDES.

  • When health premiums and your budget collide

    When low premiums are a must it’s hard to beat the federal employee health benefits program. Uncle Sam pays the lion’s share of the premium and there are some bargains in the program, if you know where to look.

  • Your health plan vs. the law of averages

    Workers and retirees in the Federal Employees Health Benefits Program have several choices: They can shop around, talk with their primary physicians, or, like most people they can do nothing.

  • Open season: Is it time to switch health care plans?

    Walton Francis, editor of Consumers Checkbook Guide to Federal Health Plans, joined host Mike Causey on this week’s Your Turn to talk about best buys during FEHBP open season and why more people need to switch health care plans.

  • Government shutdown and your health plan

    The possibility of a Dec. 7 partial government shutdown is another good reason feds and especially retired government workers should pick their 2019 health plan ASAP.

  • Confessions of a health plan hypocrite

    Over the long Thanksgiving weekend Mike Causey visited with probably two dozen current or former feds, none of whom have made any change in their health care coverage in the last five to seven years.