At-home influenza tests take leap forward

12. July 2018 EHR, EMR, Health, HIPAA 0
Correction: The agreement with Diassess was stated incorrectly in the original news release. The corrected version now says: “the agreement with Diassess can be extended for up to a total of $21.9M over 60 months.” Two potential diagnostic tests for influenza designed to be purchased over-the-counter for home use will move into advanced development with ...

Zero-Tolerance Prosecution and Family Reunification

24. June 2018 EHR, EMR, Health, HIPAA 0
The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and Health and Human Services (HHS) have a process established to ensure that family members know the location of their children and have regular communication after separation to ensure that those adults who are subject to removal are reunited with their children for the purposes of removal. The United ...

Secretary Azar Praises Trump Administration Expansion of Health Insurance Options

20. June 2018 EHR, EMR, Health, HIPAA 0
HHS Secretary Alex Azar issued the following statement regarding the Department of Labor’s release of a final rule on the regulation of Association/Small Business Health Plans: “This action by the Trump Administration will give more Americans access to affordable, high-quality health insurance coverage. Allowing small businesses and individuals to band together to offer new options ...

Judge rules in favor of OCR and requires a Texas cancer center to pay $4.3 million in penalties for HIPAA violations

19. June 2018 EHR, EMR, Health, HIPAA 0
A U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Administrative Law Judge (ALJ) has ruled that The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center (MD Anderson) violated the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA) Privacy and Security Rules and granted summary judgment to the Office for Civil Rights (OCR) on all issues, requiring ...

Statement by HHS Deputy Secretary Hargan on Unaccompanied Alien Children Facilities

18. June 2018 EHR, EMR, Health, HIPAA 0
Statement by HHS Deputy Secretary Hargan on Unaccompanied Alien Children Facilities
Health and Human Services Deputy Secretary Eric Hargan issued the following statement regarding the upcoming Congressional tours of the Unaccompanied Alien Children facilities: “We look forward to having several members of Congress tour HHS – funded Unaccompanied Alien Children (UAC) facilities in Texas and California today and tomorrow. Congress gave HHS the responsibility to care ...

HHS makes $350 million available to fight the opioid crisis in community health centers nationwide

16. June 2018 EHR, EMR, Health, HIPAA 0
Today, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced the availability of $350 million in new funding to expand access to substance use disorder and mental health services at community health centers across the nation.  These funds will support health centers in implementing and advancing evidence-based strategies, including expanded medication-assisted treatment (MAT) services, and ...

SAMHSA announces $930 million funding opportunity to combat the opioid crisis

16. June 2018 EHR, EMR, Health, HIPAA 0
The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), an agency within the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), is now accepting applications for $930 million in State Opioid Response Grants. SAMHSA will distribute funds to states and territories in support of their ongoing efforts to provide prevention, treatment and recovery support services to ...