Secretary Azar Statement on Medicare Trustees Report

23. April 2019 EHR, EMR, Health, HIPAA 0
HHS Secretary Alex Azar released the following statement on the release of the annual Medicare Trustees Report: “Today’s seniors and future generations need certainty that Medicare will be there to support them now and in the future. This year’s Trustees Report provides a sobering reminder that we have much work to do to make good ...

HHS To Deliver Value-Based Transformation in Primary Care

23. April 2019 EHR, EMR, Health, HIPAA 0
Today, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Alex Azar and Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Administrator Seema Verma are announcing the CMS Primary Cares Initiative, a new set of payment models that will transform primary care to deliver better value for patients throughout the healthcare system. Building on the lessons ...

HHS Announces Next Steps in Advancing Interoperability of Health Information

20. April 2019 EHR, EMR, Health, HIPAA 0
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) today issued for public comment draft 2 of the Trusted Exchange Framework and Common Agreement (TEFCA) that will support the full, network-to-network exchange of health information nationally. HHS also released a notice of funding opportunity to engage a non-profit, industry-based organization that will advance nationwide interoperability. ...

HHS Extends Comment Period for Proposed Rules to Improve the Interoperability of Electronic Health Information

20. April 2019 EHR, EMR, Health, HIPAA 0
Today, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced it is extending the public comment period by 30 days for two proposed regulations aimed at promoting the interoperability of health information technology (health IT) and enabling patients to electronically access their health information. The new deadline for the submission of comments – June ...

Ignite Accelerator Announces 19 Teams Selected for the Eighth Round of the Internal Innovation Training and Incubator Program

12. April 2019 EHR, EMR, Health, HIPAA 0
The Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of the Chief Technology Officer (CTO) is pleased to announce the teams selected for the eighth round of the HHS IDEA Lab Ignite Accelerator program. The Ignite Accelerator Program stimulates innovative problem-solving across the Department by encouraging and enabling HHS employees at all levels to experiment, test, ...

Office of the Assistant Secretary for Health Announces Reorganization

11. April 2019 EHR, EMR, Health, HIPAA 0
Today, the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Health (OASH) announced its new structure aimed at strengthening its public health portfolio with a more streamlined organization poised to provide stronger cross-cutting, science-based, health-promoting leadership on our nation’s most important public health topics. These changes, proposed by a working group of experienced career staff, aim to ...

HHS Deputy Secretary Eric Hargan Statement on Announcement of Presidential Task Force on Protecting Native American Children in the Indian Health Service System

27. March 2019 EHR, EMR, Health, HIPAA 0
HHS Deputy Secretary Eric Hargan issued the following statement on President Trump’s order to establish a Presidential Task Force on Protecting Native American Children in the Indian Health System: “The Department of Health and Human Services welcomes the establishment of President Trump’s Task Force as part of ongoing efforts by HHS and IHS to protect ...

OCR Issues Notice of Resolution to the State of Hawaii After Hawaii Takes Action in Safeguarding Conscience Protections for Pregnancy Care Centers

23. March 2019 EHR, EMR, Health, HIPAA 0
The Office for Civil Rights (OCR) at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced today that it issued a Notice of Resolution to the State of Hawaii after Hawaii took corrective action in response to OCR’s investigation of complaints of discrimination by the state against non-profit pregnancy resource centers. Complainants, Aloha Pregnancy ...

HHS releases additional $487 million to states, territories to expand access to effective opioid treatment; 2019 SOR grants will total $1.4 billion

21. March 2019 EHR, EMR, Health, HIPAA 0
Today, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) released an additional $487 million to supplement first-year funding through its State Opioid Response (SOR) grant program. The awards to states and territories are part of HHS’s Five-Point Opioid Strategy and the Trump administration’s tireless drive to combat the opioid crisis. Together with the $933 million in ...