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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 -

Recent HHS Activity Following International Cyber Attacks

by Steptoe & Johnson PLLC on

Following recent international cyber attacks, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has issued warnings to healthcare organizations, provided a cyber attack checklist, and launched its revised HIPAA Breach...more

Medicare Claims Appeals: D.C. Circuit Reverses and Remands in Case Seeking Relief From Processing Delays

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

On August 11, 2017, the D.C. Circuit reversed the district court and held that the district court abused its discretion by ordering the Secretary of HHS to clear the backlog of administrative appeals of denied Medicare...more

Health Centers: The Federal Government Delivers a Big Win

by Farrell Fritz, P.C. on

On August 15, 2017, the Secretary of Health and Human Services, Tom Price, issued a press release reporting that almost $105 million dollars will be bestowed upon 1,333 health centers across the United States, including its...more

New Guidance on Coverage for Eating Disorders

by Tucker Arensberg, P.C. on

The Departments of Labor, Treasury, and Health and Human Services recently released a frequently asked question (“FAQ”) regarding the implementation of the Paul Wellstone and Pete Domenici Mental Health Parity and Addiction...more

DC Circuit Court Remands Medicare Appeals Backlog Case

by King & Spalding on

Last week, the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit reversed and remanded the Medicare appeals backlog case American Hospital Association v. Price to the district court. As previously reported,...more

Telehealth Remains a Top Priority for Advancing Quality Health Care

by Faegre Baker Daniels on

Even with the prospect of Obamacare repeal and replace on the backburner for now, the federal government continues to focus on health care. Following August recess, Congress will have less than four weeks to work through...more

Transgender Benefits Revisited?

by Snell & Wilmer on

In a series of tweets published on July 26, 2017, President Trump announced a ban on transgender service in the armed forces. In the wake of this reversal of government policy, employers may question the current state of...more

Class Certification Granted in Suit Regarding Medicare Outpatient Status

by King & Spalding on

On July 31, 2017, the United States District Court for the District of Connecticut certified a nationwide class of Medicare beneficiaries in an action against HHS regarding whether patients can appeal their status as an...more

The Health Care Industry Cybersecurity Task Force Prompts HHS to Issue a Revised HIPAA Breach Reporting Tool

Congress established the Health Care Industry Cybersecurity Task Force (the “Task Force”) in the Cybersecurity Act of 2015 (the “Act”) to address the challenges the health care industry faces when securing and protecting...more

D.C. Circuit Decides Part C DSH Issue in Favor of Providers

by King & Spalding on

On July 25, 2017, the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit held that HHS violated the terms of the Medicare statute by failing to undertake notice-and-comment rulemaking in implementing its...more

Largest Health Care Enforcement Action in Department of Justice History

On July 13, 2017, the Department of Justice, in conjunction with the Department of Health and Human Services, announced the largest series of health care charges in American history. The government charged 412 individuals,...more

OIG to Audit Medicare Telehealth Services: What You Need to Know

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

For what may be the first time, the Office of Inspector General (OIG) at the Department of Health & Human Services (HHS) recently announced a new project to review Medicare payments for telehealth services. Accordingly,...more

Food and Beverage News and Trends - July 2017 #2

by DLA Piper on

What impact will the listing of glyphosate under Prop 65 have on food companies? On July 7, glyphosate, the active ingredient in common herbicides, was added to California's Prop 65 list. This means that starting in July...more

Federal Court Stays Section 1557 Litigation Pending HHS’s Decision to Revisit Regulation

by Arnall Golden Gregory LLP on

On July 10, 2017, the Northern District of Texas stayed its much-watched Section 1557 case (known as the Franciscan Alliance case) pending HHS’s decision to revisit or revise its regulation under Section 1557. At issue in...more

OIG Initiates Monthly Updates to its Work Plan and Adds New Items

by King & Spalding on

The HHS Office of Inspector General (OIG) recently announced that, effective June 15, 2017, the agency will update its Work Plan website monthly instead of only once or twice per year. In developing its Work Plan, OIG...more

Witnesses at Congressional Hearing on 340B Urge Congress To Give HRSA Broader Regulatory Authority

On July 18, 2017, just days after CMS went public with its proposal to reduce Medicare Part B reimbursement to certain 340B covered entities, Congress held its first hearing on 340B Program Oversight since March 2015. A...more

Capitol Hill Healthcare Update

by BakerHostetler on

Senate Republicans face a key procedural vote this week that would allow for debate of their healthcare legislation, but significant uncertainty remains about whether GOP senators can meet that procedural hurdle, what the...more

OIG Unveils New Work Plan Process: Assessing the Impact on Compliance Risk Assessment

by Baker Ober Health Law on

On June and July 17, 2017, the Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Inspector General (OIG) released new Work Plan initiatives and, in doing so, announced its intent to update its Work Plan monthly, in lieu of a...more

Nationwide Healthcare Prosecutions Targeting an Array of Practices . . . Is "Just The Beginning"

by Bracewell LLP on

On July 13, 2017, the Department of Justice ("DOJ"), in conjunction with the Department of Health and Human Services ("HHS"), continued its annual tradition of coordinating the filing of charges and sweeping arrests in...more

DOJ and OIG Announce Largest Ever National Health Care Fraud Takedown; Focus on Opioids

Continuing its annual tradition, the U.S. Department of Justice (“DOJ”) and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (“HHS”) announced last week the largest ever health care fraud enforcement action by the Medicare...more

NY AG Fines Healthcare Firm $130,000 for Improperly Delaying Breach Notices to Consumers Due to an FBI Investigation

by Arnall Golden Gregory LLP on

On June 15th, New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman announced a settlement with CoPilot Provider Support Services Inc. to resolve allegations that the company improperly delayed notice to more than 220,000 consumers of...more

The State AG Report Weekly Update

by Cozen O'Connor on

Consumer Protection- 14 AGs Oppose Rollback of FCC Net Neutrality Protections- 14 Democratic AGs, led by Illinois AG Lisa Madigan, submitted comments urging the Federal Communications Commission (“FCC”) to ensure open...more

Significant Cuts Proposed to Medicare Payments for 340B Drugs

by McDermott Will & Emery on

As part of the CY 2018 proposed updates to the Medicare Hospital OPPS, the US Department of Health and Human Services has proposed to decrease Medicare Part B payments to hospitals for 340B drugs by almost 30 percent. The cut...more

Don’t give medical device makers more time before disclosing product woes

Pro-business and anti-consumer lawmakers in Congress are racing to slacken rules for medical device makers to report problems with their products. This move may imperil more patients, many of whom already have been harmed...more

The End … of Act II

by Balch & Bingham LLP on

The hero has disappeared in a cloud of suspicion and is presumed dead, so much so that supposed friends are found to be celebrating his passing. This is just as it should be at the end of Act II. Remember when Republicans...more

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