OCR Issues Guidance to Help Ensure Equal Access to Emergency Services and the Appropriate Sharing of Medical Information During Hurricane Florence

14. September 2018 EHR, EMR, Health, HIPAA 0
As Hurricane Florence makes landfall, the HHS Office for Civil Rights (OCR) and its federal partners remain in close coordination to help ensure that emergency officials effectively address the needs of at-risk populations as part of disaster response.  To this end, emergency responders and officials should consider adopting, as circumstances and resources allow, the following ...

HHS Secretary Azar Declares Public Health Emergency in Virginia Due to Hurricane Florence

13. September 2018 EHR, EMR, Health, HIPAA 0
Health and Human Services Secretary Alex M. Azar today declared a public health emergency in Virginia to prepare for potential impacts of Hurricane Florence. The declaration follows President Trump’s emergency declaration for the state and gives Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ (CMS) beneficiaries and their healthcare providers and suppliers greater flexibility in meeting emergency ...

Secretary Azar Praises Unprecedented FDA Enforcement Actions Against Retailers and Manufacturers over Youth E-Cig Sales

13. September 2018 EHR, EMR, Health, HIPAA 0
On Wednesday, HHS Secretary Alex Azar issued the below statement regarding the FDA’s largest coordinated enforcement effort in agency history. FDA issued more than 1,300 warning letters and civil money penalty complaints to retailers who illegally sold e-cigarettes to minors. “No child should be using any tobacco or nicotine-containing product. We commend the FDA for ...