HHS Activates Aid for Uninsured Floridians Needing Medicine after Hurricane Michael

19. October 2018 EHR, EMR, Health, HIPAA 0
Thousands of uninsured Floridians are eligible for no-cost replacements of critical medications lost or damaged by Hurricane Michael. This relief comes from the Emergency Prescription Assistance Program (EPAP), managed by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ (HHS) Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response (ASPR). The program pays for prescription medications ...

HHS awards $293 million to expand primary health care workforce

19. October 2018 EHR, EMR, Health, HIPAA 0
Today, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) announced $293 million in awards to primary health care clinicians and students through the National Health Service Corps (NHSC) and Nurse Corps programs. “These programs connect primary care providers with the rural, urban, and tribal communities across the country ...

Secretary Azar Highlights Recognition of HHS as Top Agency for Regulatory Reform

18. October 2018 EHR, EMR, Health, HIPAA 0
Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar issued the following statement today regarding the Office of Management and Budget’s release of the Fall 2018 Unified Agenda: “Today’s report is more evidence that HHS is delivering on President Trump’s promise to reform regulations to unleash our economy while enhancing and protecting the health and well-being of ...

ONC and OCR Bolster the Security Risk Assessment (SRA) Tool with New Features and Improved Functionality

17. October 2018 EHR, EMR, Health, HIPAA 0
Patients expect not only quality health care to keep them healthy, but also trust that their most sensitive health information will be protected from threats and vulnerabilities that could lead to the compromise of one’s health information.  An enterprise-wide risk analysis is not only a requirement of the HIPAA Security Rule, it is also an ...

Anthem Pays OCR $16 Million in Record HIPAA Settlement Following Largest U.S. Health Data Breach in History

16. October 2018 EHR, EMR, Health, HIPAA 0
Anthem, Inc. has agreed to pay $16 million to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office for Civil Rights (OCR) and take substantial corrective action to settle potential violations of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) Privacy and Security Rules after a series of cyberattacks led to the largest U.S. health ...

HHS Secretary Azar Comments on Drug Industry Price Transparency Announcement

16. October 2018 EHR, EMR, Health, HIPAA 0
Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar issued the following statement regarding pharmaceutical companies’ announcement that they would be providing access to more information on drug prices: “Patient empowerment and transparency are at the core of the President’s drug-pricing blueprint that was released five months ago. Our vision for a new, more transparent drug-pricing system ...

Readout of Secretary Azar’s Community Pharmacy and Patient Roundtable in Pittsburgh

13. October 2018 EHR, EMR, Health, HIPAA 0
Readout of Secretary Azar’s Community Pharmacy and Patient Roundtable in Pittsburgh
Today, Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar and Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services Chief of Staff Paul Mango traveled to Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania to participate in a roundtable discussion at Spartan Pharmacy. The discussion included community pharmacists and their senior patients and covered the legislation recently signed by President Trump banning pharmacy gag clauses. ...

HHS awards $2.34 billion in grants to help Americans access HIV/AIDS care and medication

12. October 2018 EHR, EMR, Health, HIPAA 0
Today, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services announced that approximately $2.34 billion in Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program grants were awarded to cities, counties, states, and local community-based organizations in fiscal year (FY) 2018. This funding through the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) supports a comprehensive system of HIV primary medical care, medication, ...

HHS Secretary Azar declares public health emergency in Georgia due to Hurricane Michael

12. October 2018 EHR, EMR, Health, HIPAA 0
Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Alex Azar today declared a public health emergency in Georgia due to damage from Hurricane Michael. The declaration follows President Trump’s emergency declaration for the state and gives the HHS Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services beneficiaries and their healthcare providers and suppliers greater flexibility in meeting emergency health ...