The Lancet, United State of Health Blog, reported yesterday that nearly 41,000 employees at the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), including 64 percent of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (the departments that administers both Medicare and federal Medicaid programs), stayed home due to the federal government shut down.  Though a temporary resolution authorizing the reopening of services was passed, any disruption in services at this critical time of year could easily disrupt to the flow of normal operations.  Patience, patience, patience…read more