HHS launches innovative payment model with new treatment and transport options to more appropriately and effectively meet beneficiaries’ emergency needs

15. February 2019 EHR, EMR, Health, HIPAA 0
Today, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation (Innovation Center), which tests innovative payment and service delivery models to lower costs and improve the quality of care, announced a new payment model for emergency ambulance services that aims to allow Medicare Fee-For-Service (FFS) beneficiaries to receive the ...

OCR Resolves Disability Complaint of Individual Who Was Denied the Opportunity for Heart Transplant List Placement

13. February 2019 EHR, EMR, Health, HIPAA 0
On Monday, February 11, the Office for Civil Rights (OCR) at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services announced that it has successfully resolved a complaint against the University of North Carolina Health Care system (UNC Health Care) alleging that it unlawfully denied an individual the opportunity to be placed on the United Network ...

HHS Proposes New Rules to Improve the Interoperability of Electronic Health Information

12. February 2019 EHR, EMR, Health, HIPAA 0
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) today proposed new rules to support seamless and secure access, exchange, and use of electronic health information. The rules, issued by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) and the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC), would increase choice and competition ...

OCR Concludes All-Time Record Year for HIPAA Enforcement with $3 Million Cottage Health Settlement

08. February 2019 EHR, EMR, Health, HIPAA 0
The Office for Civil Rights (OCR) at the U.S Department of Health and Human Services concluded an all-time record year in Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) enforcement activity.  In 2018, OCR settled 10 cases and was granted summary judgment in a case before an Administrative Law Judge, together totaling $28.7 million from enforcement ...

Secretary Azar Praises New Drug Industry Steps on Transparency

08. February 2019 EHR, EMR, Health, HIPAA 0
Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar released the following statement on Johnson & Johnson’s decision to include the list price of its drugs in television advertisements: “President Trump has put forth a plan for bringing unprecedented transparency and competition to the prescription drug market, which includes requiring the disclosure of list prices in television ads. ...

HHS Secretary Azar Praises President Trump’s Vision for Healthcare

06. February 2019 EHR, EMR, Health, HIPAA 0
HHS Secretary Alex Azar issued the following statement regarding the President’s State of the Union address: “Americans heard tonight how serious President Trump is about improving the quality and affordability of healthcare. In addition to maintaining a strong commitment to confronting the opioid epidemic and proposing a new dedicated initiative to tackle childhood cancer, the ...

Trump Administration Proposes to Lower Drug Costs by Targeting Backdoor Rebates and Encouraging Direct Discounts to Patients

01. February 2019 EHR, EMR, Health, HIPAA 0
On Thursday, Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar and Inspector General Daniel Levinson proposed a rule to lower prescription drug prices and out-of-pocket costs by encouraging manufacturers to pass discounts directly on to patients and bringing new transparency to prescription drug markets. “Every day, Americans—particularly our seniors—pay more than they need to for their ...

OCR Finds the State of California Violated Federal Law in Discriminating Against Pregnancy Resource Centers

19. January 2019 EHR, EMR, Health, HIPAA 0
Today the Office for Civil Rights (OCR) at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced that it found that the State of California violated the federal conscience protection laws known as the Weldon and Coats-Snowe Amendments. This is the first time since the launch of the new Conscience and Religious Freedom Division ...

HHS Is Committed to Protecting Life and Conscience

19. January 2019 EHR, EMR, Health, HIPAA 0
On the occasion of the 2019 March for Life, HHS Secretary Alex Azar released the following statement regarding the Trump administration’s accomplishments in protecting human life: “Promoting the dignity of human life from conception to natural death is one of the very top priorities of President Trump’s administration. At HHS, through our work in healthcare, ...