HHS Releases Additional Funding to Fight Opioid Crisis

The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has released an additional $487 million to supplement first-year funding through its State Opioid Response (SOR) grant program. The awards to states and territories are part of HHS’s Five-Point Opioid Strategy and the Trump administration’s tireless drive to combat the opioid crisis. Together with the $933 million in second-year, […]

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Cottage Health Settlement Caps Record Year for HIPAA Enforcement

The Office for Civil Rights (OCR) at the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has concluded an all-time record year in Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) enforcement activity. In 2018, OCR settled 10 cases and was granted summary judgment in a case before an Administrative Law Judge, together totaling $28.7 million from […]

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HHS Seeks Comments on Healthy People 2030 Initiative

The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is soliciting written comments regarding the Healthy People 2030 objectives. The public comment period will be open from Dec. 3, 2018 through Jan. 17, 2019. Healthy People focuses on critical health promotion and disease prevention topics. Since its launch in 1979, the initiative has grown substantially — […]

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HHS Seeks to Revamp HIPAA Privacy Rule

The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), Office for Civil Rights (OCR), has  issued a Request for Information (RFI) seeking input from the public on how the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) Rules, especially the HIPAA Privacy Rule, could be modified to further the HHS secretary’s goal of promoting coordinated, value-based health […]

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Anthem On the Hook for $16M to U.S., $115M to Consumers

As a result of a single data breach of protected health information (PHI), albeit one affecting 79 million consumers, Anthem Inc. is now being fined $16 million by the government and owes an additional $115 million to those affected, who won a class action lawsuit that was approved by a judge this past August. The […]

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HHS Sued Over Delay in Drug Discount Rule

Congress in 2010 passed legislation requiring transparency in drug pricing for a hospital program known as 340B, and the Obama administration issued a final rule (finally) in January 2017. Now, the Trump administration is delaying implementation at the cost of a lawsuit against the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). The American Hospital Association […]

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HHS Awards $125 Million to Community Health Centers

Today, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced $125 million in Quality Improvement grant awards to 1,352 community health centers across all U.S. states, territories and the District of Columbia. Funded by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), health centers will use these funds to continue to improve quality, efficiency, and the […]

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Short-Term Health Plans to Be Offered Beginning in October

The departments of Health and Human Services (HHS), Labor (DOL) and the Treasury (DOT) today issued a final rule allowing for the sale and renewal of short-term, limited-duration health plans that cover longer periods than the previous maximum period of less than three months. Such coverage can now cover an initial period of less than […]

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OMB to Disclose Plans for Restructuring of HHS, USDA

The White House Office of Management and Budget (OMB) is expected to unveil plans this month to move several welfare-related functions from the Department of Agriculture (USDA) to the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). Specifically, the restructuring would relocate the $70 billion food stamp program from Agriculture to HHS, and it would also […]

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HHS Creates DRIVe Initiative to End Infectious Disease Threats

The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has opened a new office known as the Division for Research, Innovation and Ventures (DRIVe), which has been tasked with creating public-private partnerships to detect and battle infectious diseases before they become epidemics. “It takes too long to recognize when a disease, virus or biological threat has […]

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