IHS and AAP Release Clinical Recommendations to Improve Care of American Indian, Alaska Native Women and Infants Impacted By Prenatal Opioid Exposure

06. December 2019 EHR, EMR, Health, HIPAA 0
Today, the Indian Health Service and the American Academy of Pediatrics Committee on Native American Child Health released clinical recommendations on neonatal opioid withdrawal syndrome, or NOWS, for IHS, tribal, and urban Indian organization health care facilities. These recommendations provide standards of care surrounding screening, diagnosing, and treatment of pregnant mothers and infants affected by ...

HHS OCR Secures Voluntary Resolution and Ensures Child Welfare Programs in the Oregon Department of Human Services Protect Parents with Disabilities from Discrimination

05. December 2019 EHR, EMR, Health, HIPAA 0
Today, the Office for Civil Rights (OCR) at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services announced that it has entered into a voluntary resolution agreement (VRA) with the Oregon Department of Human Services (ODHS) concerning the rights of parents with disabilities in ODHS Child Welfare Programs (CWP). OCR initiated a compliance review of ODHS ...

Ready, Set, PrEP Expands Access to Medication to Prevent HIV

04. December 2019 EHR, EMR, Health, HIPAA 0
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) today launched Ready, Set, PrEP, a national program that makes medications for pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP), taken daily to prevent HIV, available at no cost to people without prescription drug insurance coverage. Although more than one million people at risk for HIV in the United States could ...

HHS Secretary Azar Statement on World AIDS Day

28. November 2019 EHR, EMR, Health, HIPAA 0
On the occasion of World AIDS Day, December 1, HHS Secretary Alex Azar released the following statement: “World AIDS Day is an opportunity for all of us to rededicate our efforts in combating HIV across the globe. Here in the United States, the Trump administration is hard at work on the plan President Trump announced ...

OCR Secures $2.175 Million HIPAA Settlement after Hospitals Failed to Properly Notify HHS of a Breach of Unsecured Protected Health Information

28. November 2019 EHR, EMR, Health, HIPAA 0
In an agreement with the Office for Civil Rights (OCR) at the U.S Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), Sentara Hospitals (Sentara) have agreed to take corrective actions and pay $2.175 million to settle potential violations of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) Breach Notification and Privacy Rules.  Sentara is comprised of ...

Fiscal Year (FY) 2019 Medicare Fee-For-Service Improper Payment Rate is Lowest Since 2010 while data points to concerns with Medicaid eligibility

19. November 2019 EHR, EMR, Health, HIPAA 0
Fiscal Year (FY) 2019 Medicare Fee-For-Service Improper Payment Rate is Lowest Since 2010 while data points to concerns with Medicaid eligibility
Estimated improper payments for Medicare Fee-For-Service (FFS) declines more than $7 billion from FY 2017-2019 The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced today that the Medicare Fee-For-Service (FFS) improper payment rate has fallen yet again, and is at its lowest level since FY 2010. Today’s announcement reinforces the Trump Administration and CMS’ commitment ...

HHS and the American Society of Nephrology Launch $1.5 Million Phase 2 of Prize Competition to Redesign Dialysis

19. November 2019 EHR, EMR, Health, HIPAA 0
Today, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and the American Society of Nephrology (ASN) launched the second phase of KidneyX: Redesign Dialysis, a prize competition that seeks to transform kidney care. Redesign Dialysis is part of a series of KidneyX prize competitions to catalyze the development of innovative solutions that can prevent, ...

Trump Administration Announces Historic Price Transparency Requirements to Increase Competition and Lower Healthcare Costs for All Americans

16. November 2019 EHR, EMR, Health, HIPAA 0
As directed by President Trump’s Executive Order on Improving Price and Quality Transparency in American Healthcare, today the Department of Health and Human Services is announcing that the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is issuing two rules that take historic steps to increase price transparency to empower patients and increase competition among all ...

HHS Advances Development of Tests to Distinguish Bacterial from Viral Infections across Multiple Healthcare Settings

15. November 2019 EHR, EMR, Health, HIPAA 0
A novel diagnostics technology that reads gene expression patterns in the immune system to distinguish bacterial infections from viral infections and determines the severity within minutes will receive advanced development support from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). The technology is being designed for use in outpatient and inpatient healthcare settings. The ...