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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Second CMP Assessed for HIPAA Violations: Do You Know Where Your Data Is?

For only the second time in its history, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ (HHS) Office for Civil Rights (OCR) has imposed a civil money penalty (CMP) on a covered entity for allegedly violating the HIPAA...more

Washington Healthcare Update

This Week: Congress and the administration focus on the opioid addiction epidemic... Override of the president’s veto of legislation that would have repealed the Affordable Care Act fails, to no one’s surprise... Senate...more

Blog: ALJ Upholds OCR Enforcement Against Lincare, Inc. of $239,800

A U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) administrative law judge (ALJ) recently sustained an earlier HHS Office of Civil Rights (OCR) decision to impose a civil money penalty (CMP) of $239,800 against Lincare...more

Committees to Examine Administration’s HHS Budget Proposal, Other Health Policy Issues Next Week

On February 9, 2016, President Obama is scheduled to submit his proposed fiscal year 2017 budget to Congress. Two Congressional committees have planned hearings to examine provisions of the proposed budget involving the...more

Latest OCR Enforcement Action: Underbed Storage is Not Appropriate for PHI

Recent enforcement actions by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (“HHS”) Office for Civil Rights (“OCR”) have highlighted that, not surprisingly, Covered Entities should not leave medical records in a...more

HHS Publishes Guidance on Patient Access to Records under HIPAA

On January 7, 2016 the Department of Health and Human Services (“HHS”) released a fact sheet and a series of frequently asked questions to help to clarify an individual’s right to access and obtain a copy of his or her health...more

Increased Scrutiny of Drug Pricing What Should Pharmaceutical Companies Know

As U.S. spending on pharmaceuticals continues to rise, reaching $373.9 billion in 2014, government scrutiny of drug pricing practices has increased in response. Early last year, the U.S. Department of Health and Human...more

Deadline for Reporting “Small” 2015 HIPAA Breaches Approaching

For those covered entities who experienced one or more HIPAA breaches involving less than 500 individuals during the calendar year 2015, the deadline for reporting those breaches to the Secretary of the U.S. Department of...more

Progress on Medicare Payment Reform

HHS is gearing up to design and implement a revised Medicare payment system. The Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015 (MACRA) has designated a merit based incentive payment system (MIPS) as a goal. CMS is...more

Washington Healthcare Update

This Week: Because of the Blizzard of 2016—also known as “Snowzilla”—in Washington, D.C., and other parts of the East Coast, this is a combined issue... The House of Representatives opted not to come back to town until next...more

Clearing Up Confusion Over the Modified HIPAA Privacy Rule

The Department of Health and Human Services issued a final rule under the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996, which will go into effect on February 5, 2016. HHS published the final rule in tandem with...more

Recent Corporate Integrity Agreements Highlight HHS OIG’s Compliance Program Priorities

Corporate Integrity Agreements (CIAs) are among the most important tools in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of Inspector General’s (OIG) toolbox for promoting compliance in the health care industry....more

Medicaid Update - January 2016

Welcome to the inaugural issue of "Manatt on Medicaid: Monthly Expansion Recap," a new companion publication to Manatt's weekly health reform highlights newsletter. For those of you laser-focused on Medicaid expansion, the...more

AITN - January 2016

CMS Releases Information on Providers Signed Up For New ACO Models – On January 11, 2016, HHS announced that several providers and hospitals have signed up to join new types of Medicare accountable care organizations (ACOs). ...more

Cybersecurity Act Of 2015 Aims To Bolster Cybersecurity In Health Care Industry

Section 405 of Title IV of the Cybersecurity Act is tailored specifically to cybersecurity matters affecting public and private health care entities. Section 405 of Title IV seeks to improve the cybersecurity landscape in...more

Safety of Both Devices and Drugs Need to Be Better Tracked, FDA Hears from Oversight Bodies

FDA lacks the appropriate data to effectively conduct postmarket surveillance and safety tracking activities, according to two reports released earlier this month. First, Senator Patty Murray’s Health, Education, Labor, and...more

Representatives Send Letter to HHS and NIH Seeking Response to Pharmaceutical Costs

In a letter sent earlier this month to Secretary Sylvia Mathews Burwell of the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services and Director Francis S. Collins of the National Institutes of Health, fifty members of the U.S. House...more

GAO Releases Report Highlighting HHS’s Lack of Oversight and Planning of Healthcare Workforce Programs

On January 11, 2016, the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) released a report detailing HHS’s deficiencies in comprehensive planning and appropriate oversight of its 72 health care workforce programs. In FY 2014,...more

U.S. Departments of Education and Health and Human Services Issues Joint Policy Letter On Improving School-Based Health

The United States Departments of Education and Health and Human Services (the “Departments”) recently issued a joint policy letter emphasizing the importance of improving school-based health through the use of partnerships...more

North Carolina Legislative Report

The General Assembly convened for the 2015 legislative long session on January 14 and adjourned September 30. Lawmakers will return to Raleigh for the short session April 25, 2016. The MVA Public Affairs Legislative Report on...more

HHS Psychiatric Hospital Reimbursement Methodology Upheld

On December 29, 2015 the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia rejected a challenge to a psychiatric hospital's pre-PPS Medicare reimbursement. Washington Regional Medicorp v. Burwell, No. 1:13-cv-00622 (D.C....more

Washington Healthcare Update

This Week: The House is not in session this week... The Senate returns today... Committees in the Senate will hold hearings on co-ops and mental health... Vice President Biden will attend the World Economic Forum in...more

HHS Removes Barriers to Reporting Federal Mental Health Prohibitor Status for Gun Background Checks

On January 6, 2016, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) released a modification to the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) removing barriers to reporting federal mental health...more

HHS/USDA Release 2015-2020 Dietary Guidelines for Americans

Updated nutritional guidelines emphasize holistic eating patterns over the course of a lifespan. On January 7, the US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and the Department of Agriculture (USDA) jointly issued...more

A&B Healthcare Week in Review - January 2016

On January 5, 2016, the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) received for review a final rule from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) entitled Covered Outpatient Drugs (CMS-2345-F). The rule had previously...more

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