New analysis shows 2.5 million Americans currently buying individual health coverage off-Marketplace may be eligible for Affordable Care Act premium tax credits

05. October 2016 EHR, EMR, Health, HIPAA 0
HHS encourages consumers to evaluate Marketplace options during upcoming Open Enrollment Since the Affordable Care Act became law, millions of Americans gained coverage or found more affordable options thanks to premium tax credits available through the Health Insurance Marketplace. Today, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) released data showing that 2.5 million ...

HHS supports next-generation anthrax vaccine into advanced development

01. October 2016 EHR, EMR, Health, HIPAA 0
An anthrax vaccine that may be effective in as few as two doses is moving forward in development with the assistance of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ (HHS) Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response (ASPR). The five-year, $198.7 million contract between ASPR’s Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority (BARDA) ...

HHS sponsors next-generation genetic sequencing platform

01. October 2016 EHR, EMR, Health, HIPAA 0
Could help curb spread of pandemic influenza and antibiotic-resistant infections To help curb the spread of pandemic influenza and antibiotic-resistant infections, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ (HHS) Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response (ASPR) announced today it is advancing the development of a next-generation genetic sequencing platform. This is ...

For bioterrorism preparedness, HHS sponsors inhaled chlorine antidote

30. September 2016 EHR, EMR, Health, HIPAA 0
New treatment could save lives after attack involving chemical weapons The first potential antidote to treat the life-threatening effects of chlorine inhalation, a potential terrorism threat, will advance in development under a contract between the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response (ASPR) and Radikal Therapeutics, ...

Every Income Group Experienced Significant and Similar Drops in Uninsured Rates Under the Affordable Care Act

30. September 2016 EHR, EMR, Health, HIPAA 0
ACA led to widespread coverage gains across income, age, geography, and race; expanding Medicaid significantly strengthens gains Today, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services released new research analyzing gains in health insurance coverage from 2010-2015 across key demographic categories of Americans: income, age, geography, race and ethnicity. The report finds that ACA coverage ...

HHS Awards $1.5 million to Improve Information Flow for Patients and Providers

29. September 2016 EHR, EMR, Health, HIPAA 0
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) today announced seven recipients of two Cooperative Agreement programs to improve the flow of health information. The awardees will share a total of $1.5 million to create standards-based solutions that facilitate the exchange of health information. The ...

EHR contract guide and Health IT Playbook help clinicians and hospitals get the most out of health information technology

27. September 2016 EHR, EMR, Health, HIPAA 0
New tools will serve as practical, easy-to-understand resources to help health care providers increase information flow to improve health care delivery The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ (HHS) Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) today released two practical, easy-to-understand tools to help health care providers get the most out ...

BARDA awards funding to speed development of Zika vaccine

27. September 2016 EHR, EMR, Health, HIPAA 0
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ (HHS) Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response (ASPR) today announced a contract to develop an inactivated vaccine candidate to prevent the Zika virus infection and thereby the associated devastating birth defects. Inactivated vaccines have been shown to be safe and effective when given to ...

HIPAA settlement illustrates the importance of reviewing and updating, as necessary, business associate agreements

24. September 2016 EHR, EMR, Health, HIPAA 0
Care New England Health System (CNE), on behalf of each of the covered entities under its common ownership or control, has agreed to settle potential violations of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA) Privacy and Security Rules.  The settlement includes a monetary payment of $400,000 and a comprehensive corrective action plan. ...