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Sophie Novack

Sophie Novack Sophie Novack is a health care reporter at National Journal. She was previously a Fellow for National Journal's Presentation Center, creating data visualizations and graphical representations of news. Sophie is originally from New York City, and graduated from Dartmouth College with a degree in Creative Writing and International Studies.
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The Next Frontier for 3-D Printing: Human Organs

December 27, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Researchers at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center are embarking on a project that is so overloaded with sci-fiesque elements that if it were a movie, you might question the screenwriter's credibility. The "body on a chip" project will use 3-D printing—or bioprinting—technology to create mini human-organ systems about the size...

Are We Sequestering Ourselves to Death?

December 17, 2013 Congress's year-end budget deal would blunt spending cuts scheduled to hit the federal government's premier medical research board, but that's cold comfort to advocates who insist the sequester spending cuts are already putting the public in peril. The National Institutes of Health was on track for an additional 2 percent...

White House Extends Obamacare Enrollment Deadline

November 22, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The Obama administration pushed back another Obamacare deadline Friday, giving consumers an extra week to sign up for coverage that begins on Jan. 1. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services said Friday that the sign-up date for coverage to begin Jan. 1 will be moved from Dec. 15 to...

More Early Warning Signs of Obamacare Site Issues

November 19, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Another document released by House investigators shows early warning signs of HealthCare.gov's readiness in jeopardy. A McKinsey & Co. report from late March said that progress on the Obamacare enrollment website was falling behind and at risk of failure unless immediate actions were taken, The New York Times reports. The...

Fed CTO Todd Park Threatened With HealthCare.gov Subpoena

November 8, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Rep. Darrell Issa, R-Calif., says he may subpoena Todd Park, the chief technology officer at the White House, if he does not agree to testify at a House Oversight Committee hearing next week, The Hill reports. Key officials involved in the launch of HealthCare.gov will testify before the committee, which...

Lawmakers Shift Attention From Obamacare Website to Law

November 7, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow A few weeks ago, President Obama defended his signature health care law as "more than a website"; now lawmakers on both sides are increasingly taking this position as well. Senate hearings this week showed both parties shifting their Obamacare narratives beyond the rocky rollout of the enrollment website to how...

Did Sebelius Have the Authority to Delay Obamacare Website Launch?

November 5, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services Administrator Marilyn Tavenner said Tuesday that she did not know whether Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius had the authority to delay the Oct. 1 launch of HealthCare.gov. The CMS official testified before the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions committee on the...

17,000 Registrants an Hour and Other ObamaCare Fixes

November 5, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow In a hearing before the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee on Tuesday, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services Administrator Marilyn Tavenner emphasized the improvements being made to the Obamacare enrollment website. In her first appearance before the Senate since the Oct. 1 launch of HealthCare.gov, Tavenner is addressing...

Shortened Bidding Process Limited Obamacare Contractor Options

November 4, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The Oct. 1 deadline to launch HealthCare.gov made the Obama administration use an accelerated bidding system that limited the choice of contractors to only four companies, Bloomberg reports. The expedited process cut up to nine months from the normal process, but limited those that could bid to a preapproved group...

Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services Accidentally Covers Dead People

November 1, 2013 The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services has you covered … to death and beyond. According to an Office of the Inspector General report released Thursday, the agency mistakenly paid $23 million on behalf of deceased beneficiaries in 2011. The OIG report found that millions were paid to providers, suppliers,...