HHS Names Mental Health Professionals to New Committee

The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced today the appointment of national experts to guide a new initiative to better serve Americans with serious mental illness. The Interdepartmental Serious Mental Illness Coordinating Committee (ISMICC) was established by the 21st Century Cures Act to improve federal coordination of efforts that address the pressing needs of […]

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HHS Improves HIPAA Breach Web Reporting Tool

The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and its Office for Civil Rights (OCR) have launched a revised web tool that puts important information into the hands of individuals, empowering them to better identify recent breaches of health information and to learn how all breaches of health information are investigated and successfully resolved. The […]

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HHS Reports Largest Health Care Fraud in History

The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Office of Inspector General (OIG), along with state and federal law enforcement partners, participated in the largest health care fraud takedown in history in July 2017. More than 400 defendants in 41 federal districts were charged with participating in fraud schemes involving about $1.3 billion in false billings to Medicare and Medicaid. OIG […]

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New Director for CDC Named

Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price, M.D., has named Brenda Fitzgerald, M.D., as the 17th director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and administrator of the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR). “Today, I am extremely proud and excited to announce Dr. Brenda Fitzgerald as the new director of the CDC,” said Secretary Price. “Having […]

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HHS Faces 500 Million Cyber Attacks Each Week

Beth Killoran, the chief information officer (CIO) for the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), recently told a tech conference that her department faces “500 million cyber hack attempts each week” due to the millions of medical records that HHS data centers control. “That’s going to go up,” she said at the MarkLogic Data Integration […]

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HHS Seeks Input on Remediating ‘Burdensome’ Obamacare Regulations

The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), following an executive order to review all regulations to relieve unnecessary burdens on people, businesses and institutions, is now asking for public input on regulations in the Affordable Care Act, with the goal of identifying burdensome ones and fixing or eliminating them. Here is the exact language […]

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HHS Report: Premiums Have Doubled Under Obamacare

In a report issued this past week, the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation (ASPE) in the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) said that health insurance premiums offered on HealthCare.gov have doubled since the start of the Affordable Care Act: Comparing the average premiums found in 2013 MLR data and […]

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HHS Announces Limited ‘Fixes’ to Obamacare

The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) yesterday announced a set of limited “fixes” to the Affordable Care Act (ACA, or Obamacare) going forward. “While these steps will help stabilize the individual and small group markets, they are not a long-term cure for the problems that the Affordable Care Act has created in our health […]

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Trump HHS to Continue Obamacare Insurance Company Subsidies … for Now

A spokesperson for the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has confirmed to the New York Times that the agency will continue providing cost-sharing subsides to health insurers participating in the Obamacare exchanges, pending a lawsuit appeal that will be heard next month. The subsidies, totaling about $7 billion a year, are provided to […]

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HHS Secretary Pledges to Uphold Obamacare

Testifying before Congress today, Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price pledged to uphold the Affordable Care Act (ACA, or Obamacare) so long as it is “the law of the land,” including the individual and employer mandates. “So long as the law is on the books, we at the department are obliged to uphold the […]

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