Statement by Secretary Burwell on the Uninsured Rate

11. September 2016 EHR, EMR, Health, HIPAA 0
HHS Secretary Sylvia M. Burwell issued the following statement on news that the national uninsured rate dropped to a new low in the first official data reflecting the Marketplace’s 2016 open enrollment season: “Under the Affordable Care Act, our nation’s uninsured rate dropped in the first quarter of the year to 8.6 percent – the lowest level ...

HHS accelerates development of mRNA-based Zika vaccine

07. September 2016 EHR, EMR, Health, HIPAA 0
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response (ASPR) today announced an $8.2 million contract award to Moderna Therapeutics of Cambridge, Massachusetts, to help speed the development of a novel vaccine to prevent the spread of the Zika virus.  ASPR’s Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority ...

HHS announces new standards to further strengthen the quality of Head Start programs

06. September 2016 EHR, EMR, Health, HIPAA 0
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced new standards today to further improve and strengthen the Head Start program.  The Head Start program promotes the school readiness of children (from birth to age five) from low-income families through early learning, health and family services. Nationwide, Head Start programs have served more than ...

ONC announces Blockchain challenge winners

06. September 2016 EHR, EMR, Health, HIPAA 0
Papers suggest new uses for Blockchain to protect and exchange electronic health information The Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) today announced the winners of the Use of Blockchain in Health IT and Health-related Research Challenge.  A Blockchain—most commonly associated with digital currency—is a data ...

HHS awards $53 million to help address opioid epidemic

06. September 2016 EHR, EMR, Health, HIPAA 0
Additional funding needed to ensure access to evidence-based treatment Today, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services announced $53 million in funding to 44 States, four tribes and the District of Columbia to improve access to treatment for opioid use disorders, reduce opioid related deaths, and strengthen drug misuse prevention efforts. In addition, funding ...

Advocate Health to pay largest HIPAA settlement

From the original article:  Modernhealthcare.com Advocate Health Care has agreed to pay $5.55 million to settle multiple data protection violations over the past three years, marking the largest Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act settlement HHS has ever received. HHS’ Office for Civil Rights said the massive settlement was due to the extent and duration of ...