U.S. Departments of Health and Human Services, Labor, and the Treasury Expand Access to Quality, Affordable Health Coverage Through Health Reimbursement Arrangements

14. June 2019 EHR, EMR, Health, HIPAA 0
Today, the U.S. Departments of Health and Human Services, Labor, and the Treasury issued a new policy that will provide hundreds of thousands of employers, including small businesses, a better way to provide health insurance coverage, and millions of American workers more options for health insurance coverage. The Departments issued a final regulation that will ...

HHS Secretary Azar Statement on Agricultural Biotechnology Executive Order

12. June 2019 EHR, EMR, Health, HIPAA 0
HHS Secretary Alex Azar released the following statement upon President Trump’s signing of an executive order regarding the development of agricultural biotechnology: “Today’s advances in biotechnology make possible the development of many promising, innovative food products, such as those obtained from genome-edited animals and plants. HHS aims to ensure the safety of these agricultural biotechnology ...

HHS Secretary Azar Statement on Personnel Promotion and Departure

04. June 2019 EHR, EMR, Health, HIPAA 0
The Department of Health and Human Services announced today that HHS Secretary Azar’s Chief of Staff, Peter Urbanowicz, will be leaving the department in June, with Deputy Chief of Staff Brian Harrison promoted to the Chief of Staff position. Secretary Alex Azar released the following statement regarding Mr. Urbanowicz’s service and Mr. Harrison’s promotion: “Earlier ...

Pain Management Task Force Issues Final Report on Best Practices for Treatment of Pain

31. May 2019 EHR, EMR, Health, HIPAA 0
The Pain Management Best Practices Inter-Agency Task Force, a federal advisory committee established by the Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act of 2016, today released its final report on acute and chronic pain management best practices, calling for a balanced, individualized, patient-centered approach. To ensure best practices for the treatment of pain, the Task Force final ...

New HHS Fact Sheet On Direct Liability of Business Associates under HIPAA

25. May 2019 EHR, EMR, Health, HIPAA 0
The HHS Office for Civil Rights (OCR) has issued a new fact sheet that provides a clear compilation of all provisions through which a business associate can be held directly liable for compliance with certain requirements of the HIPAA Privacy, Security, Breach Notification, and Enforcement Rules (“HIPAA Rules”), in accordance with the Health Information Technology ...

HHS Proposes to Revise ACA Section 1557 Rule to Enforce Civil Rights in Healthcare, Conform to Law, and Eliminate Billions in Unnecessary Costs

25. May 2019 EHR, EMR, Health, HIPAA 0
Today, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) proposed regulatory reform related to regulations issued under Section 1557 of the Affordable Care Act (ACA). The proposed rule would maintain vigorous civil rights enforcement on the basis of race, color, national origin, disability, age, and sex, while revising certain provisions of the current Section ...

Secretary Azar Attends Second Day of the 72nd World Health Assembly, Signs Agreement with Indonesia

22. May 2019 EHR, EMR, Health, HIPAA 0
Tuesday, May 21, 2019, Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar continued participation in the 72nd World Health Assembly (WHA) as head of the U.S. delegation. On Tuesday, he attended a briefing on the Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) at the World Health Organization (WHO) headquarters, participated in multiple bilateral ...

Secretary Azar Attends the 72nd World Health Assembly as Head of U.S. Delegation

21. May 2019 EHR, EMR, Health, HIPAA 0
Secretary Azar Attends the 72nd World Health Assembly as Head of U.S. Delegation
Monday, May 20, 2019, Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar is participating in the 72nd World Health Assembly (WHA) as head of the U.S. delegation. Since arriving in Geneva, Switzerland, Secretary Azar has delivered the U.S. plenary statement and participated in multiple bilateral meetings with his counterparts. In his plenary address, Secretary Azar emphasized ...