HHS Announces Guide for Appropriate Tapering or Discontinuation of Long-Term Opioid Use

11. October 2019 EHR, EMR, Health, HIPAA 0
Today, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services published a new Guide for Clinicians on the Appropriate Dosage Reduction or Discontinuation of Long-Term Opioid Analgesics. Individual patients, as well as the health of the public, benefit when opioids are prescribed only when the benefit of using opioids outweighs the risks.  But once a patient ...

HHS Proposes Stark Law and Anti-Kickback Statute Reforms to Support Value-Based and Coordinated Care

10. October 2019 EHR, EMR, Health, HIPAA 0
Today, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced proposed changes to modernize and clarify the regulations that interpret the Physician Self-Referral Law (the “Stark Law”) and the Federal Anti-Kickback Statute. The proposed rules provide greater certainty for healthcare providers participating in value-based arrangements and providing coordinated care for patients. The proposals would ease ...

HHS Explores Lung-on-a-Chip Technology in Developing Chemical Injury Treatments

09. October 2019 EHR, EMR, Health, HIPAA 0
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) will support tests of organ-on-a-chip technology to determine how it can be used to understand injuries caused by inhaled chlorine gas, a potential national security threat, and to develop treatments for those injuries. The Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority (BARDA), part of the HHS Office ...

HHS Secretary Azar Statement on Executive Order to Protect and Improve Medicare

04. October 2019 EHR, EMR, Health, HIPAA 0
Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar issued the following statement regarding the Executive Order signed by President Trump today directing HHS to take a number of actions to improve the Medicare program: “President Trump’s Executive Order delivers on the clear promise he’s made to Americans about their healthcare: protect what works in our system ...

Dental Practice Pays $10,000 to Settle Social Media Disclosures of Patients’ Protected Health Information

03. October 2019 EHR, EMR, Health, HIPAA 0
Elite Dental Associates, Dallas (“Elite”) has agreed to pay $10,000 to the Office for Civil Rights (OCR) at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and to adopt a corrective action plan to settle potential violations of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) Privacy Rule.  Elite is a privately-owned dental practice located ...

HHS Awards $13.5 Million to Accelerate State and Local Planning Efforts for Ending the HIV Epidemic: A Plan for America

03. October 2019 EHR, EMR, Health, HIPAA 0
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), through the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), has awarded $13.5 million to conduct state and local planning and kick off community involvement for the proposed federal initiative, Ending the HIV Epidemic: A Plan for America, which seeks toreduce new HIV infections in America by ...

HHS Funds Development of Two Filovirus Vaccines for Biodefense, Public Health

02. October 2019 EHR, EMR, Health, HIPAA 0
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) will support the simultaneous development of individual vaccine candidates against Marburg virus and Sudan ebolavirus infections. Both diseases are caused by potentially deadly filoviruses, the same family of viruses that includes the Ebola virus currently affecting communities in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. To help ...

HHS Issues Supplemental Grant Awards to Title X Recipients

01. October 2019 EHR, EMR, Health, HIPAA 0
Today, the Office of Population Affairs (OPA) announced $33.6 million in fiscal year 2019 funding awards to 50 current Title X grantees in order to supplement their family planning services. The funds awarded were relinquished by grantees that left the Title X program rather than comply with statutory and regulatory requirements prohibiting federal funding where ...

Secretary Azar Attends Meeting of Regional Ministers of Health on Ebola Preparedness and Response at UNGA

26. September 2019 EHR, EMR, Health, HIPAA 0
Secretary Azar Attends Meeting of Regional Ministers of Health on Ebola Preparedness and Response at UNGA
Today, September 25, during the 74th United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) week, Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar co-hosted the “Meeting of Regional Ministers of Health on Ebola Preparedness and Response” with the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and the World Health Organization (WHO) to discuss the coordinated response to the Ebola outbreak in ...