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The United States Department of Health and Human Services is a federal executive department established in 1953, as part of the Department of Health, Education and Welfare. The Agency became independent in 1980... more +
The United States Department of Health and Human Services is a federal executive department established in 1953, as part of the Department of Health, Education and Welfare. The Agency became independent in 1980 and was renamed The Department of Health and Human Services at that time. HHS is charged with protecting and improving the health of the American population, as well as providing essential services.    less -
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Health Headlines: Also in the News - January 2015 #3

ALSO IN THE NEWS - HHS Publishes Goals on Alternative Payment Models with Continued Focus on Quality – In its continued efforts to base Medicare payments on quality over quantity, this morning HHS made public its goal...more

HHS Aims to Tie Most Medicare Reimbursements To Quality By 2018

Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Sylvia M. Burwell announced on January 26, 2015, specific goals and a timeline for shifting Medicare reimbursements from the traditional fee-for-service (FFS) model, to a quality or...more

No Judicial Relief to the ALJ Waiting Game — Yet

In May 2014, the American Hospital Association filed suit against the United States Department of Health and Human Services seeking to compel Administrative Law Judges (ALJs) to comply with applicable statutory deadlines for...more

HHS Sets Ambitious Goals for Medicare Quality/Value-Based Purchasing, Alternative Payment Models

Today HHS Secretary Sylvia M. Burwell announced ambitious plans to move from “volume to value in Medicare payments” by accelerating the share of Medicare fee-for-service (FFS) payments that are tied to quality and value and...more

OIG Reports Lack of Oversight on Hospital Use of Compounded Drugs

On January 22, 2015, the HHS OIG released a report regarding CMS’s oversight of compounded sterile preparations (CSPs) used in hospitals. After reviewing oversight efforts at CMS and the entities that accredit hospitals to...more

CMS Announces Goals and Timeline for Shift to Value-Based Medicare Payments

On January 26, 2015, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) issued a news release reporting Health & Human Services (HHS) Secretary Sylvia Burwell’s announcement earlier in the day of measurable goals and a...more

HHS Ups The Ante: Announces Percentages And Time Frames On Goals For Medicare Pay-For-Value Efforts

On January 26, 2015, the Secretary of the United States Department of Health and Human Services (“HHS”), Sylvia Mathews Burwell, announced two important goals for the Department...more

HHS to Address Lack of Clarity Regarding Mobile Health

A letter from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ (HHS) Office for Civil Rights to Rep. Peter DeFazio (D-Ore.) signals an intent to move forward with providing clearer regulatory guidance relating to the Health...more

Deadline Approaching to Report Certain HIPAA Breaches to Federal Officials

The HIPAA Breach Notification Rule requires covered entities to notify the Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) if a breach of unsecured protected health information (PHI) is discovered. As most...more

Healthcare Compliance Programs: Stepping Up the Game

The Affordable Care Act was enacted in 2010 – can anyone remember back that far? The ACA required Medicare and Medicaid providers to have an ethics and compliance program....more

Preparing for an Active Shooter Incident in a Health Care Facility

The Ober|Kaler Health Care General Counsel Institute presented this webinar discussion of key considerations in addressing an active shooter situation, including specific considerations within health care facilities. Not only...more

OIG Defends Its Hospital Compliance Reviews in Response to AHA Criticism

The Office of the Inspector General for the Department of Health and Human Services(“OIG”) responded to concerns expressed by the American Hospital Association (“AHA”) regarding the OIG’s hospital compliance reviews,...more

State Of The Union “Sneak Peek” Highlights Administration Cybersecurity Initiatives

As part of a series of “sneak peeks” announced in advance of the State of the Union address on Tuesday, January 20th, President Obama made remarks last week before the Federal Trade Commission, the Department of Homeland...more

Agencies Green Light Pilot Program to Allow Limited Wrap-Around Coverage for Health Insurance Policies Purchased on an Exchange

Under proposed rules recently issued by the Departments of Treasury, Labor, and HHS, employers may participate in a pilot program where they offer certain wraparound coverage as an “excepted benefit” to part-time employees,...more

New Proposed Rules Streamline ACA Summary of Benefits and Coverage (SBC) Disclosure Requirement

In a very welcome development for health insurance issuers and employers who sponsor self-funded group health plans, the Departments of Treasury, Labor, and HHS have issued joint new proposed regulations that will streamline...more

Alert: Five Ways to Reduce Your HIPAA Liability

As of early December 2014, 1,170 security breaches under the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) involving 31 million records had been reported to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS)...more

Weekly Update Newsletter - January 2015 #2

GOVERNMENT CONTRACTS - HHS IG Issues Report Regarding Federal Marketplace: Inadequacies in Contract Planning and Procurement - The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) inspector...more

Healthcare Fraud: Aggressive Enforcement Strategies

This week I am focusing on the persistent problem of healthcare fraud. For healthcare providers, the challenge of compliance and avoiding enforcement risks is particularly difficult. ...more

Stage 3 EHR Incentive Program, Health IT Certification Rules at OMB

HHS has sent to the White House Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for final regulatory clearance a proposed rule on Stage 3 meaningful use criteria for the Medicare and Medicaid Electronic Health Record (EHR) Incentive...more

Health Care Update - January 2015 #2

In This Issue: - Changes Ahead for Health Policy In 2015 - Implementation of the Affordable Care Act - Other Federal Regulatory Initiatives - Congressional Initiatives - Other Health Care...more

Paperwork Burden Eased in CMS Voluntary Self-Referral Disclosure Protocol Filings

In late December 2014, CMS made a small change to its voluntary Self-Referral Disclosure Protocol (SRDP) to help reduce some of the paperwork burden associated with filing under the SRDP. Section 6409 of the Affordable...more

Blog: Next Round of HIPAA Audits to Begin “Expeditiously”

During a media roundtable held this week, the Director of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Office for Civil Rights (OCR) Jocelyn Samuels provided additional information regarding the long awaited next round...more

HIPAA Compliance: Are You Prepared for the 2015 HITECH Act Audits?

In 2015, the United States Department of Health & Human Services (HHS) Office of Civil Rights (OCR) will begin enforcing the requirements of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) and the Health...more

Obama Administration Seeks Comments on Proposed Changes to Summary of Benefits and Coverage Document and Requirements

On December 30, 2014, the Departments of Health and Human Services, Labor, and the Treasury (collectively, “Departments”) issued a proposed rule (“Proposed Rule”) regarding the summary of benefits and coverage (“SBC”) for use...more

Health Care Update - January 2015

In This Issue: - SGR Already Strong Focus of 114th Congress: - Implementation of the Affordable Care Act - Other Federal Regulatory Initiatives - Congressional Initiatives - Other Health...more

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