HHS Releases 2013 Alzheimer’s Disease Update

The Department Health and Human Services (HHS) has released what it calls the "National Plan to Address Alzheimer’s Disease: 2013 Update" a follow-up to the initial plan released in May 2012.  The plan, ordered under the 2011 National Alzheimer’s Project Act, includes: finding ways to prevent and effectively treat Alzheimer’s disease by 2025; enhancing care […]

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Government Issues Final Rules on Employment-Based Wellness Programs

The U.S. Departments of Health and Human Services, Labor and the Treasury have issued final rules on employment-based wellness programs. The final rules support workplace health promotion and prevention as a means to reduce the burden of chronic illness, improve health and limit growth of health care costs, while ensuring that individuals are protected from […]

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HHS Delays Part of Small Business Health Insurance Exchange Program

The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) today postponed a legislated feature of the Small Business Health Options Program (SHOP), a health insurance marketplace for small businesses and their employees included in the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA), labeling it too complicated to implement at this time. The SHOP exchanges are set to […]

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On Eve of Obamacare, 54 Percent Still in Opposition

Obamacare, according to a CNN/ORC International Poll conducted May17-18, is just as unpopular today as it was in 2010 when opposition sent Scott Brown into the presumably Democratic stronghold Senate seat in Massachusetts held previously by Ted Kennedy. To put things in perspective, Scott Brown has since been replaced by a Democrat, but 54 percent of […]

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Utah-U.S. Forge New Model for Health Insurance Marketplaces

Utah and the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) this past week agreed to a fourth model for what the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) once called insurance exchanges but are now dubbed health insurance marketplaces. Under the new model, Utah will continue to operate its Avenue H Program, an exchange for […]

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OCR Introduces Tools to Clarify HIPAA Privacy and Security Rules

Though designed for consumers and their education, the Office for Civil Rights (OCR) has published a set of tools on its website to clarify the provisions of the HIPAA Privacy and Security Rules. For further details, visit Guidance Materials for Consumers.

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HHS Proposes Rule to Ease HIPAA Barriers on Gun Background Checks

Responding to concerns that the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) Privacy Rule is preventing states from reporting relevant information to the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS), which is used to clear or disbar people from making gun purchases, the Department of Human Services (HHS) will seek public input on what should […]

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HIPAA Omnibus Final Rule Takes Effect Today

The HIPAA Omnibus Final Rule takes effect today, March 26, but the compliance date for its new standards and provisions is not until Sept. 23, 2013. The rule sets forth breach notification standards and penalties; folds the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act (GINA) into the HIPAA Privacy Rule; extends liability for the HIPAA Security Rule to […]

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HIPAA Compliance Audit Program on Temporary Hold

In 2012, the Office for Civil Rights (OCR) in the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) conducted 115 audits of companies' compliance with the security and privacy rules of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA), but the program is being delayed while companies adapt to the HIPAA Omnibus Final Rule, which takes […]

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HHS Rule Mandates Coverage for Mental Health and Substance Abuse

Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Kathleen Sebelius has announced a final rule that will make purchasing health coverage easier for consumers.  The policies outlined will give consumers a consistent way to compare and enroll in health coverage in the individual and small group markets, while giving states and insurers more flexibility and […]

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