Secretary Azar Comments on Data Showing Rising E-Cigarette Use Among Youth

16. November 2018 EHR, EMR, Health, HIPAA 0
Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar issued the following statement regarding the sharp uptick in e-cigarette use among youth reported in the 2018 National Youth Tobacco Survey: “America’s youth are facing a public health crisis that threatens an entire generation: skyrocketing use of nicotine products, brought on by access to flavored products in particular. ...

Tick-Borne Disease Working Group Calls for More Resources for Research, Prevention, Diagnostics and Treatment

15. November 2018 EHR, EMR, Health, HIPAA 0
The Tick-Borne Disease Working Group, a federal advisory committee established by Congress in the 21st Century Cures Act, issued its first report today. The report recommends a multi-pronged response to address these diseases that affect more than 300,000 Americans each year. Top recommendations included increases in federal resources to meet urgent research and patient care ...

HHS Secretary Azar Declares Public Health Emergency in California due to Wildfires

14. November 2018 EHR, EMR, Health, HIPAA 0
Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Alex Azar today declared a public health emergency in California due to wildfires. The declaration follows President Trump’s emergency declaration for the state and gives the HHS Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services beneficiaries and their healthcare providers and suppliers greater flexibility in meeting emergency health needs created by ...

HHS Releases Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans, 2nd edition

13. November 2018 EHR, EMR, Health, HIPAA 0
(Chicago) – Today, Adm. Brett P. Giroir, M.D., assistant secretary for health, announced the release of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ second edition of the Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans at the American Heart Association’s Scientific Sessions meeting. The second edition provides evidence-based recommendations for youth ages 3 through 17 and adults ...

Trump Administration Issues Final Rules Protecting Conscience Rights in Health Insurance

08. November 2018 EHR, EMR, Health, HIPAA 0
Today, the Departments of Health and Human Services, Treasury, and Labor released two final rules to provide conscience protections for Americans who have a religious or moral objection to health insurance that covers contraception methods. Under the Affordable Care Act, employer-provided health insurance plans are required to cover certain “preventative services” – which were defined ...

HHS activates aid for uninsured citizens of the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands needing medicine after Super Typhoon Yutu

08. November 2018 EHR, EMR, Health, HIPAA 0
Uninsured citizens of the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands (CNMI), a U.S. territory, are eligible for no-cost replacements of critical medications lost or damaged by Super Typhoon Yutu. This relief comes from the Emergency Prescription Assistance Program (EPAP), managed by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ (HHS) Office of the Assistant Secretary ...

Fact Sheet: Final Rules on Religious and Moral Exemptions and Accommodation for Coverage of Certain Preventive Services Under the Affordable Care Act

08. November 2018 EHR, EMR, Health, HIPAA 0
On November 7, 2018 the Departments of Health and Human Services, Treasury, and Labor (the Departments) announced two final rules, on display at the Federal Register, that provide conscience protections to Americans who have a religious or moral objection to health insurance that covers contraceptive methods, including certain contraceptives that many view as abortifacients, and/or ...

HHS Officials Deliver Remarks at the Fifth Annual Global Health Security Agenda Ministerial Meeting

08. November 2018 EHR, EMR, Health, HIPAA 0
Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar delivered a video message at the Fifth Annual Global Health Security Agenda (GSHA) Ministerial Meeting. His remarks focused on the Trump Administration’s commitment to strengthening global health security. To watch his video, please click here. To view his remarks online, please click here. Following Secretary Azar’s video message ...

U.S. Government Participates in Fifth Annual Global Health Security Agenda Ministerial Meeting

03. November 2018 EHR, EMR, Health, HIPAA 0
On November 4-6, 2018, Health and Human Services Deputy Secretary Eric Hargan will attend the Fifth Global Health Security Agenda (GHSA) Ministerial Meeting in Indonesia, which will officially launch the next five-year phase of GHSA, known as GHSA 2024. Delivering on President Trump’s commitment to global health security, he will lead the multi-sectoral U.S. delegation, ...