Trump Administration works to give relief to Americans facing high premiums, fewer choices

21. February 2018 EHR, EMR, Health, HIPAA 0
In direct response to President Trump’s October 2017 Executive Order, the Departments of Health and Human Services (HHS), Labor, and the Treasury (the Departments) issued a proposed rule today that is intended to increase competition, choice, and access to lower-cost healthcare options for Americans. The rule proposes to expand the availability of short-term, limited-duration health ...

HHS Secretary Azar Statement on President Trump’s FY 2019 Budget

13. February 2018 EHR, EMR, Health, HIPAA 0
Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar issued the following statement today on President Trump’s Fiscal Year 2019 Budget: “The President’s budget makes investments and reforms that are vital to making our health and human services programs work for Americans and to sustaining them for future generations. In particular, it supports our four priorities here ...

Trump tweets on lives 'being shattered … by a mere allegation'

10. February 2018 EHR, EMR, HIPAA 0
Trump tweets on lives ‘being shattered … by a mere allegation’  CNN Democratic women slam Trump for not backing abuse victims, saying he is ‘quick to doubt’  USA TODAY Speier: Trump’s view on harassment ‘beyond rehabilitation’  The Hill EXCLUSIVE: ‘He pulled me, naked and dripping from the shower to yell at me.’ Ex-wife of Trump aide Rob Porter ...

HHS Secretary Azar holds flu briefing with key HHS leaders

08. February 2018 EHR, EMR, Health, HIPAA 0
HHS Secretary Azar holds flu briefing with key HHS leaders
On Wednesday, February 7, Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar received a briefing on preparedness and response efforts for seasonal and pandemic influenza from Acting CDC Director Anne Schuchat, NIH National Institute for Allergy and Infectious Diseases Director Anthony Fauci, and Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response Robert Kadlec. Also in attendance and participating ...

HHS Awards Engineering Blanket Purchase Agreement to CSRA, Leidos, ManTech, and Salient CRGT

08. February 2018 EHR, EMR, Health, HIPAA 0
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), Office of the Chief Information Officer (OCIO) has awarded the third Next Generation Information Technology Services (NGITS) blanket purchase agreement (BPA) to CSRA, Leidos, ManTech, and Salient CRGT. The BPA, with an estimated value of $139 million, provides support for a full spectrum of engineering projects, ...

HHS Approves New Healthy Indiana Medicaid Demonstration

03. February 2018 EHR, EMR, Health, HIPAA 0
INDIANAPOLIS—On Friday, U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar joined Indiana Governor Eric J. Holcomb to announce the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services approval of Indiana’s Section 1115 waiver, known as the Healthy Indiana Plan or HIP. The waiver has now been expanded to include a ...

Five breaches add up to millions in settlement costs for entity that failed to heed HIPAA’s risk analysis and risk management rules

02. February 2018 EHR, EMR, Health, HIPAA 0
Fresenius Medical Care North America (FMCNA) has agreed to pay $3.5 million to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Office for Civil Rights (OCR), and to adopt a comprehensive corrective action plan, in order to settle potential violations of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) Privacy and Security Rules. FMCNA ...

Statement from U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Regarding CDC Director Brenda Fitzgerald

01. February 2018 EHR, EMR, Health, HIPAA 0
“This morning Secretary Azar accepted Dr. Brenda Fitzgerald’s resignation as Director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Dr. Fitzgerald owns certain complex financial interests that have imposed a broad recusal limiting her ability to complete all of her duties as the CDC Director. Due to the nature of these financial interests, Dr. Fitzgerald ...