Annual Health Care Spending Reaches $10,000+ Per Person in the U.S.

Health care spending will hit $3.35 trillion this year, or $10,345 per man, woman and child in the United States, a record high, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) announced July 13. The agency  also predicted that growth in health care spending will average 5.8 percent from 2015 through 2025, outpacing growth in the […]

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HHS Redoubles Effort to Fight Opioid Abuse

Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Sylvia M. Burwell today announced several new actions the department is taking to combat the nation’s opioid epidemic. The actions include expanding access to buprenorphine, a medication to treat opioid use disorder; a proposal to eliminate any potential financial incentive for doctors to prescribe opioids based on patient experience […]

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HHS, Cuba to Partner on Health Issues

Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Sylvia M. Burwell this week signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Cuba’s Ministry of Public Health, what she later called an important milestone between the two countries since the re-establishment of diplomatic relations in 2015. The MOU establishes coordination across a broad spectrum of public health […]

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HHS Announces Challenge to Redesign Medical Bills

Speaking at the annual Health Datapalooza conference this week, Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Sylvia M. Burwell announced a challenge to encourage health care organizations, designers, developers, digital tech companies and other innovators to design a medical bill that’s simpler, cleaner, and easier for patients to understand, and to improve patients’ experience […]

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HHS to Fund Zika Virus Research

To speed the development of diagnostic tests for Zika virus infection, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response (ASPR) will support the collection of blood samples from people in the continental United States and Puerto Rico who have been infected with Zika virus, the agency […]

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HHS Issues Final Rule to Overhaul Medicaid and CHIP Managed Care

On Monday the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) issued a final rule to overhaul managed care in the Medicaid and Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) systems. The final rule has four key goals, according to HHS:  (1) supporting states’ efforts to advance delivery system reform and improvements in quality of care for Medicaid […]

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Reality TV Goes Too Far, Films Dying Patient — Gets Fined $2.2M

This week, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Office for Civil Rights (OCR) announced that it reached a $2.2 million settlement with New York Presbyterian Hospital (NYP) for the egregious disclosure of two patients’ protected health information (PHI) to film crews and staff during the filming of “NY Med,” an ABC television series, […]

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UnitedHealth Makes It Official: Obamacare Withdrawal Underway

UnitedHealth Group Inc., the nation’s largest health insurance firm, has announced it plans to withdraw from all but “a handful” of Obamacare states in 2017 as it faces losses from the program rising to $650 million this year. UnitedHealth currently insures 795,000 Obamacare enrollees in 34 states, but CEO Stephen J. Hemsley says “the shorter-term, […]

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Final Rule Published on Religious Liberty Protections for Beneficiaries of Federal Programs

The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), along with other federal agencies, today published a final rule that will provide new religious liberty protections for beneficiaries of federally funded social service programs, while also adding new protections for the ability of religious providers to compete for government funds on the same basis as any […]

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HHS Floats Plan for National Pain Strategy

The Office of the Assistant Secretary for Health at the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) on Friday released a National Pain Strategy, outlining the federal government’s first coordinated plan for reducing the burden of chronic pain that affects millions of Americans. Developed by a diverse team of experts from around the nation, the […]

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