HRSA Awards $200M for Mental Health and Opioid Addiction Treatment

The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) has awarded more than $200 million to 1,178 health centers and 13 rural health organizations in every U.S. state, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands, and the Pacific Basin to increase access to substance abuse and mental health services. “No corner of our country, from […]

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Trump Administration to Cut Funding for Obamacare Advertising, Promotion

The Trump administration is slashing advertising for enrollment in Affordable Care Act (ACA) policies for 2018 from $100 million to $10 million, and cutting funding for “navigators,” individuals who help people sign up, from $62.5 million to $36 million, CNBC reports today, citing phone calls from Health and Human Services (HHS) officials. Those officials and […]

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HHS Restores Work Requirement for Temporary Assistance for Needly Families

Done away with by the Obama administration in 2012, the requirement to work to participate in the Temporary Aid for Needy Families (TANF) program has been restored by the Trump administration in an announcement by the Department of Health and Human Services on Aug. 30. “Reemphasizing the work requirements in the welfare program means once […]

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HHS Issues Limited HIPAA Waivers for Hurricane Harvey-Devastated Areas

The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has issued a limited set of waivers from HIPAA requirements for those affected in Texas and Louisiana by Hurricane/Tropical Storm Harvey. Though the agency cannot waive the HIPAA Privacy Rule, it can take more limited, focused actions. Here, then, are the five provisions for which Secretary Tom […]

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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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