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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New ACA, et. al. FAQs Cover Items From “Top” to “Bottom”

On April 20, the “Big Three” agencies (DOL, Treasury/IRS, and HHS) released another set of FAQs (the 31st, for those of you counting at home). Consistent with earlier FAQs, the new FAQs cover a broad range of items under the...more

HHS Sets New Requirements to Limit Surprise Medical Bills from Out-of-Network Providers

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (“HHS”) recently released a final rule titled “Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act; HHS Notice of Benefit and Payment Parameters for 2017” (“Final Rule”)[1] that sets...more

Two Additional HIPAA Settlements Demonstrate Breadth of HIPAA Enforcement Activity

During the week of April 18, 2016, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office for Civil Rights (OCR) announced two significant settlements with a large New York City hospital and a North Carolina orthopaedic...more

New Affordable Care Act FAQs Released on Rescissions of Coverage, Preventive Care Mandate, Out-of-Network Emergency Service...

The U.S. Department of Labor, the Department of Health and Human Services, and the Department of the Treasury (collectively, the “Departments”) have jointly issued a new set of answers to frequently asked questions about the...more

HHS Reopens Comment Period for Proposed Rule on 340B Drug Program

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is reopening the comment period for the proposed rule titled “340B Drug Pricing Program Ceiling Price and Manufacturer Civil Monetary Penalties Regulation.” HHS released...more

Lights, Camera, Settlement: OCR says a picture is worth $2.2 million

A New York hospital has settled with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office for Civil Rights (“OCR”) for $2.2 million after allowing a TV crew for the ABC documentary series “NY Med” to film patients...more

Wave of the Future: Government Releases New Tool to Aid Medical App Developers Comply with HIPAA

This month, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC), and the Federal Trade Commission (FTC)...more

Department of Health and Human Services Cracks Down on Vendor Oversight in Recent Hospital Settlements

From the rise in ransomware attacks to inadvertent disclosure of information by subcontractors, the health services industry is reminded that a potential consequence of a data breach is the threat of a regulatory enforcement...more

Minnesota Weekly Legislative Update

Thursday, April 21 was the third bill deadline at the Legislature, by which date committees must act favorably upon all major appropriation and finance bills. During the week, committees in both the House and Senate met...more

FTC Releases "Cheat Sheet" for Developing a Secure Mobile Health Application

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC), in partnership with other federal agencies, has released an online tool that provides developers legal guidance for the creation of mobile health applications (apps). Companies that are...more

Blog: OIG Releases Criteria For Implementing Exclusion Authority

On April 18, 2016, the Health and Human Services Office of Inspector General (OIG) released updated guidance related to the criteria it may use for evaluating its permissive exclusion authority under Section 1128(b)(7) of the...more

NY Hospital to Pay $2.2 Million for Allowing TV Crew to Videotape Dying Patient

On the ABC television series “NY Med,” doctors from New York-Presbyterian Hospital (NYP) are profiled as they perform medical procedures. However, in an effort to keep it “real,” the show’s crew has landed the hospital in hot...more

Massachusetts Establishes Road-Map for New ACO Program

Massachusetts Secretary of Health and Human Services, Marylou Sudders, held a public meeting earlier this week to receive feedback on the proposal of the Executive Office of Health and Human Services (EOHHS) to overhaul the...more

"New HHS OIG Criteria to Guide Resolution of Health Care Investigations"

The Office of Inspector General of the Department of Health and Human Services (OIG) has issued updated guidance on the use of its so-called permissive exclusion authority under Section 1128(b)(7) of the Social Security Act...more

Not a Check-the-Box Exercise: Failure to Have Signed BAA Results in Substantial Fine

A group practice that was the victim of a silver-harvesting scam has agreed to pay the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (“HHS”) $750,000 to settle charges that it released protected health information (“PHI”) of...more

Ninth Circuit Denies Medicare Payments in Assets-Only Purchase Without Assignment of Provider Agreement

On April 11, 2016, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that a hospital was not entitled to Medicare payments in an assets-only purchase until the Buyer enrolled in the Medicare program because it did not accept the...more

A&B Healthcare Week in Review

I. REGULATIONS, NOTICES, & GUIDANCE - On April 15, 2016, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued a proposed rule entitled, “Applications for Approval and Combinations of Active Ingredients Under Consideration for...more

Ex-Husband's Revenge Leads to HHS Trophy

Patient care is not confined to a single office or exam room, or a single physician or other provider. Caring for patients these days now includes complex coordination among physicians, nurse, technicians, staff, management,...more

New Guidance on Exclusion

For the first time in nearly 20 years the Office of Inspector General (OIG) of the Department of Health & Human Services has issued new guidance on the exercise of its authority to exclude health care providers from...more

OIG Continues its Focus on GIP Abuse: What Hospice Providers Need to Know

On March 31, 2016, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of Inspector General (OIG) issued a report on hospice billing for general inpatient care (GIP). According to the OIG, hospices billed Medicare for...more

OIG laments failure to comprehensively address EHR fraud

The U.S. Department of Health & Human Services (HHS) Office of Inspector General (OIG) recently released a compendium (Compendium) of its top unimplemented recommendations. The Compendium comprises 25 unimplemented past OIG...more

Health IT Regulators Seek Feedback on the Interoperability of Certified EHR Technology

On April 8, 2016, the HHS Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) published a request for information (RFI) in the Federal Register (available here), seeking feedback on how to measure the...more

OIG Identifies Top 25 Unimplemented Recommendations for HHS Cost Savings/Quality Improvements

The OIG has released the 2016 edition of its “Compendium of Unimplemented Recommendations,” which identifies what the OIG considers to be its top 25 unimplemented recommendations in terms of HHS program savings and/or quality...more

HHS to Apply Medicare Rates for Physician, Other Health Services Purchased by IHS-Funded Programs

Sylvia Mathews Burwell, Secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), on March 21, 2016, issued a final rule to apply Medicare payment methodologies to all physician and other health professional...more

The Audit Protocol is Released, and Other Updated HIPAA Audits News

As we previously reported, the HHS Office for Civil Rights (OCR) launched Phase II of its audit program on March 21. Since that time, a significant amount of new information has emerged, including details regarding the...more

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