Dept. of Health and Human Services

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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Update on Recent Telehealth Legislation Activity

On November 29, 2016, the Senate passed the Expanding Capacity for Health Outcomes Act, S. 2873 (the ECHO Act) in a 97-0 vote, which would require HHS to study and report on the use of telehealth services that connect...more

What a Trump Administration Could Mean for the 340B Drug Program

A Republican White House and a Republican-run Congress could bring significant changes to the 340B Drug Pricing Program (“the 340B program”). Many in Washington believe that the new administration and Republicans in Congress...more

‘Tis the Season for Giving: OIG Updates Policy on Gifts of Nominal Value to Medicare and Medicaid Beneficiaries

In Depth - On December 7, 2016, the Office of the Inspector General (OIG) of the US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) issued a policy statement increasing its thresholds for gifts that are considered...more

Congress Continues to Focus on Integrating Telehealth Solutions into Healthcare Delivery

On December 6, 2016, the House passed the Expanding Capacity for Health Outcomes Act (S. 2873) (the ECHO Act), which was unanimously passed by the Senate on November 29, 2016. The ECHO Act seeks to expand the use of health...more

HHS-OIG increases beneficiary inducement CMP nominal gift amounts from $10 to $15 per gift and $50 to $75 per year

The beneficiary inducement civil monetary penalty law generally prohibits health care providers from providing gifts to a Medicare or Medicaid beneficiary—including any free or discounted item or service—if the provider...more

Expanding Capacity for Health Outcomes (ECHO) Act Requires Exploration of Digital Health Opportunities

On December 6, 2016, the US House of Representatives passed the Expanding Capacity for Health Outcomes Act (S. 2873) (the ECHO Act), which was unanimously passed by the US Senate on November 29, 2016. The ECHO Act seeks to...more

Manatt on Health Reform: Weekly Highlights - December 2016

President-elect Trump taps prominent conservatives with strong anti-ACA views for his healthcare transition team; House v. Burwell proceedings on cost-sharing reductions for Marketplace plans are delayed until the new...more

The Trump Administration: The Future of Health Care

The election of Donald J. Trump as the 45th President of the United States, along with the Republican control of the majority of both the House of Representatives and the Senate, will likely set in motion a major overhaul of...more

Five Key Issues Impacting Health Care Employers

Employers in the health care industry are likely to face significant changes under President-elect Donald J. Trump’s administration and should expect a healthy dose of uncertainty for the next few months. During his campaign,...more

The Clock Is Ticking – ACA Nondiscrimination Rules Will Take Effect January 1

Earlier this year, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and the Office of Civil Rights (OCR) published a final rule to implement Section 1557 of the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Most prominently, this rule...more

Forty-Five Days and Counting for Current HHS Leadership: Implications for Rulemaking

Before we all turn our full attention to the nominations of Representative Tom Price as Secretary of Health and Human Services, and policy consultant Seema Verma to lead CMS, we need to remember that there are still...more

HHS-OIG issues final rules on anti-kickback and civil monetary penalty statutes

Earlier today, the US Department of Health & Human Services, Office of Inspector General (HHS-OIG) issued two final rules. ...more

Repealing and Replacing the ACA: Five Developments Likely to Occur in the Years Ahead

On the back of the 2016 United States presidential election results, the health care industry ponders how a Republican president and Congress will transform the business environment. The health care industry has a number of...more

Health Care Reform – What You Should Know For 2017

This Advisory supplements our previous advisories dated December 2015 (as supplemented in January 2016), October 2014, October 2013, November 2012, November 2011, and October 2010, addressing the requirements of the...more

Telemedicine for All, As Lame Duck Session Winds Down

Even with the federal legislators poised to head home at the end of the week, two significant telehealth measures continue to work their way through the House and Senate, further evidence that telehealth services have become...more

OCR Issues Alerts Regarding Phishing Email Disguised as Official OCR Audit Communication

The HHS Office for Civil Rights (OCR) published an alert on November 28 describing a phishing email being circulated on mock HHS departmental letterhead under the signature of OCR Director Jocelyn Samuels. The email prompts...more

Practical Considerations for Medical Practices Considering Converting Their Vascular Access Centers Into Medicare-Certified...

On November 2, 2016 the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released the 2017 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule (MPFS) Final Rule. Although the impact of the Final Rule on nephrology reimbursement is projected to be...more

HHS Issues Warning About Phishing Campaign Disguised As Official Communication

As part of its efforts to assess compliance with the HIPAA Privacy, Security and Breach Notification Rules, the US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Office for Civil Rights (OCR) engages in audits of covered...more

New HHS clinical trials registry regulations set to go into effect in January 2017: top points in one chart

Nearly a decade after Congress directed significant expansion of the national clinical trials database, www.ClinicalTrials.gov, the US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has issued final implementing regulations...more

Additional Clarification regarding HHS OCR Phishing Email Alert

More information from HHS OCR about the phishing threat... ..On November 28, 2016, the HHS Office for Civil Rights issued a listserv announcement warning covered entities and their business associates about a phishing...more

OCR Provides Additional Clarification on Phishing Scam

As we reported earlier this week, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Office for Civil Rights described a phishing campaign that is attempting to convince recipients of their inclusion in OCR’s Phase 2...more

New FTC Data Breach Response Guidelines

Cybersecurity should always be at the top of any retailer’s priority list—and even more so as the holiday shopping season gets underway. To that end, the Federal Trade Commission’s newly-released Data Breach Response...more

Capitol Hill Healthcare Update

After months of debate and partisan wrangling, the House on Wednesday voted 392-26 to pass the “21st Century Cures” bill designed to accelerate the development of new drugs and medical devices as well as increase federal...more

OCR Alerts Listservs About Fake Phishing Email to Covered Entities and Business Associates

On November 28, 2016, the Office for Civil Rights (OCR) issued an Alert to its listservs that a phishing email is being circulated on “mock HHS Departmental letterhead under the signature of OCR”s Director, Jocelyn Samuels”...more

HHS Releases Inflation Adjusted Federal Civil Penalties

The Department of Health and Human Services has issued new interim final rules to adjust a variety of Federal Civil Penalties for inflation. The Federal Civil Penalties Inflation Adjustment Act Improvements Act of 2015...more

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