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 ...

HHS Secretary Azar Meets with Health Insurance Leaders

16. June 2018 EHR, EMR, Health, HIPAA 0
On Thursday, June 14, Secretary Alex Azar met with representatives from America’s Health Insurance Plans and a number of health insurance companies. Secretary Azar shared the Trump Administration’s agenda for a future of health insurance, based on promoting competition and placing the patient at the center. He also discussed ways to help the nearly 28 ...

HHS Secretary Azar Meets with Kidney Disease and Rare Disease Advocates

15. June 2018 EHR, EMR, Health, HIPAA 0
On Wednesday, Secretary Alex Azar met with representatives from Kidney Care Partners, an umbrella organization representing kidney-disease nonprofits and companies, and the National Organization for Rare Disorders. With Kidney Care Partners, Secretary Azar shared the Trump Administration’s interest in continuing to improve the quality of kidney-disease care provided in the United States, including through payment ...

HHS Secretary Azar Praises FDA Approval of Generic Drugs for Treating Opioid Dependence

15. June 2018 EHR, EMR, Health, HIPAA 0
HHS Secretary Alex Azar issued the following statement regarding the Food and Drug Administration’s approval of generic versions of Suboxone, a medication used to treat opioid dependence: “Medication-assisted treatment is a vital element of the Trump Administration’s work to combat the opioid crisis. We know it is effective, and we know more Americans need access ...

HHS Secretary Azar Praises Trump Administration ‘Truth about Opioids’ Campaign

08. June 2018 EHR, EMR, Health, HIPAA 0
HHS Secretary Alex Azar issued the following statement regarding the Trump Administration’s release of a set of advertisements promoting awareness among young people around opioid addiction: “No one individual has done more to raise awareness of our country’s opioid crisis than President Trump. Raising awareness is a key piece of defeating the threat of opioid ...