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GAO questions HHS stance on Advantage plan bonus program
Modern Healthcare

Nonpartisan congressional auditors were not convinced by HHS‘ explanations that the department had any legal authority to launch its $8 billion pilot program of bonus payments to Medicare Advantage plans.

Lynn Gibson, general counsel for the Government Accountability Office, wrote HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius on Wednesday that her department’s responses to a January GAO report questioning the legal authority for the program failed to describe any legal basis.