HHS announces $6.2 million in new grants in Fairbanks focusing on opioid and mental health services

25. September 2018 EHR, EMR, Health, HIPAA 0
Today, HHS Deputy Secretary Eric D. Hargan announced three new grants to combat opioid addiction and improve access to mental health services for youth and young adults. The grants funding by HHS’s Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) were awarded to Fairbanks Native Association and Tanana Chiefs Conference, Inc., are expected to total ...

Statement from the Department of Health and Human Services

25. September 2018 EHR, EMR, Health, HIPAA 0
“After a recent review of a contract between Advanced Bioscience Resources, Inc. and the Food and Drug Administration to provide human fetal tissue to develop testing protocols, HHS was not sufficiently assured that the contract included the appropriate protections applicable to fetal tissue research or met all other procurement requirements. As a result, that contract ...

Unauthorized Disclosure of Patients’ Protected Health Information During ABC Television Filming Results in Multiple HIPAA Settlements Totaling $999,000

21. September 2018 EHR, EMR, Health, HIPAA 0
Today, the Department of Health and Human Services, Office for Civil Rights (OCR) announced that it has reached separate settlements with Boston Medical Center (BMC), Brigham and Women’s Hospital (BWH), and Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) for compromising the privacy of patients’ protected health information (PHI) by inviting film crews on premises to film an ABC ...

HHS Sponsors Development of Intranasal Form of Long-acting Opioid Overdose Drug

21. September 2018 EHR, EMR, Health, HIPAA 0
To help save lives in the current opioid epidemic or following a deliberate attack, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) will work with Opiant Pharmaceuticals of Santa Monica, California, to develop a fast-acting, long-lasting intranasal, potentially improved form of an opioid overdose drug. “The life-saving drug naloxone, while effective, often must be ...

Surgeon General Releases Spotlight on Opioids

21. September 2018 EHR, EMR, Health, HIPAA 0
Facing Addiction in America: The Surgeon General’s Spotlight on Opioids calls for a cultural shift in the way Americans talk about the opioid crisis and recommends actions that can prevent and treat opioid misuse and promote recovery. The Spotlight – the Surgeon General’s newest update on opioid addiction – also provides the latest data on ...

HHS Deputy Secretary Hargan Announces Collaboration to Accelerate Innovation and Investment in Healthcare

20. September 2018 EHR, EMR, Health, HIPAA 0
Today, Health and Human Services Deputy Secretary Eric Hargan announced the creation of the Deputy Secretary’s Innovation and Investment Summit (DSIIS). The DSIIS will be a yearlong collaboration between healthcare innovation and investment professionals and HHS personnel who will meet quarterly to discuss the innovation and investment landscape within the healthcare sector, emerging opportunities, and ...

HHS Awards Over $1 Billion to Combat the Opioid Crisis

20. September 2018 EHR, EMR, Health, HIPAA 0
HHS Awards Over $1 Billion to Combat the Opioid Crisis
This week, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services awarded over $1 billion in opioid-specific grants to help combat the crisis ravaging our country. The awards support HHS’s Five-Point Opioid Strategy, which was launched last year and enhanced this week. New data unveiled recently by HHS suggests that efforts are now yielding progress at ...

First Comprehensive HHS Data Sharing Report Released

18. September 2018 EHR, EMR, Health, HIPAA 0
Today, the Office of the Chief Technology Officer published a comprehensive report of the data sharing environment at the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services (HHS). The report explores the challenges of sharing data between HHS agencies: https://www.hhs.gov/idealab/data-insights/ Led by HHS Chief Data Officer Dr. Mona Siddiqui, a small team of HHS staff interviewed ...

SAMHSA’s Annual Mental Health, Substance Use Data Provide Roadmap for Future Action

15. September 2018 EHR, EMR, Health, HIPAA 0
Today the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration released the 2017 National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH). The annual survey comprises highly anticipated data that help provide a statistical context for the country’s opioid crisis and other behavioral health matters. “SAMHSA’s National Survey on Drug Use and Health contains annual data that ...