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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OIG Announces Plans for Health Reform Oversight Activities

On February 24, 2015, the HHS Office of Inspector General (OIG) released its “Health Reform Oversight Plan” for FY 2015, which describes the OIG’s current and planned efforts to oversee the implementation and management of...more

Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee Submits Recommendations

On February 23, 2015, the Departments of Health and Human Services (HHS) and Agriculture (USDA) released the Scientific Report of the 2015 Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee (DGAC). ...more

Washington Healthcare Update

This Week: Ways and Means Advances Four Health-Related Measures... Senate Commerce Committee Clears Legislation on E-Cigarette Packaging... CMS Pushes Back Deadline on Meaningful Use for Physicians....more

News from the Health Law Gurus™:

Reporting Deadline for HIPAA Breaches – March 1, 2015 – Did you have a HIPAA breach this year involving less than 500 individuals? If so, the deadline to report such a breach to the U.S. Department of Health and Human...more

Excluded Individual Not Precluded from Payment for Pre-exclusion Services

In Advisory Opinion 15-02 [PDF], issued February 9, 2015, the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, Office of Inspector General (OIG) looked favorably on the Requestor’s inquiry as to whether receipt of Federal health...more

Ways and Means Committee to Markup Medicare Fraud, Competitive Bidding, and other Medicare Policy Bills

On February 26, 2015, the House Ways and Means Committee is scheduled to vote on the following bills: H.R. 1021, “Protecting the Integrity of Medicare Act of 2015” – a sweeping bill to promote Medicare program...more

HHS Launches New Payment and Delivery Model to Improve Oncology Care

Cancer care is notoriously complex, intensive and costly. With more than 1.6 million people diagnosed with cancer each year, there is a strong impetus towards reforming service delivery. Accordingly, the U.S. Department of...more

Manatt on Health Reform: Weekly Highlights - February 2015 #4

Wrapping up the 2015 enrollment period, Healthcare.gov and State-based Marketplaces in seven states have announced special enrollment periods (SEPs) for people who were uninsured in 2014 and discover they owe a “shared...more

Roadmap to Prison: Lessons Learned from the Criminal Prosecution of Alpha Ambulance’s Leaders

No one running an ambulance company ever planned to go to prison for doing his or her job. But that is a real possibility if the government knocks on the door, and the owner or manager is dishonest in his or her response to...more

Washington Healthcare Update

This Week: Upcoming Hearing: HHS Sec. Burwell Appearing Before E&C Committee on FY2016 Budget... CMS Issues 2016 Payment and Policy Updates for Medicare Health and Drug Plans... CMS Releases Improved Rating System for Nursing...more

Proposed Regulations for Summary of Benefits and Coverage Seek to Simplify Compliance

As part of Health Care Reform, employers and insurers are required to provide group health plan participants with a Summary of Benefits and Coverage (“SBC”) describing the important features of the group health plan option(s)...more

Week in Review - February 2015 #3

Pay Raises/Ebola Funding - Reacting to the firestorm over the Governor’s recent salary increases for his Commissioners, the House had inserted language to cut the funding for one year for the Departments of Health, HHS...more

Health Law Pulse - February 2015

On January 23, 2015, the United States Department of Labor (DOL) filed a notice of appeal with the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia (District Court) challenging two rulings in the case of Home Care...more

Supplemental Excepted Benefits? “It depends.”

Last week, HHS, along with the Department of Labor and the Treasury, provided long overdue guidance regarding the third category of supplemental “excepted benefits” as defined by Section 2791 of the Public Health Services...more

HIPAA and “Meaningful Use” Audits: Issues to Consider and How to Prepare

As more and more providers adopt electronic health records (“EHRs”) systems (and with new regulations concerning their required use for purposes of Medicare billing for chronic care management, their popularity can only...more

Health Care Update - February 2015 #2

In This Issue: - Open Enrollment Update - Implementation of the Affordable Care Act - Other Federal Regulatory Initiatives - Congressional Initiatives - Other Health Care News -...more

Washington Healthcare Update

This Week: Energy and Commerce Hearing Examines ICD-10 Preparedness... HHS Announces Oncology Care Model Initiative... Pennsylvania Governor Abandons Alternative Medicaid Expansion Approach for Traditional Plan....more

OIG Advisory Opinion Sheds Light on Preventive Care Exception

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Office of Inspector General (OIG) recently issued an advisory opinion approving an arrangement whereby a licensed entity providing services under a state program for...more

OIG Approves Free Diapers and Playpen in Connection with Medicaid Program Promoting Pre- and Post-Natal Care

On January 26, 2015, the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, Office of Inspector General (OIG) issued an advisory opinion approving an entity’s practice of advertising and providing free diapers and free portable...more

GAO Highlights Medicare Program Risks and Recommends Program Integrity Actions

The Government Accountability Office (GAO) has released its latest update to its “High-Risk Series” reports, which again lists Medicare as a high-risk program, in part because of the program’s substantial size and scope, and...more

This Just in: OIG Rules Free Diapers Are Not an Illegal Kickback

The February Profile in Courage Award goes to the Office of Inspector General (OIG) of the Department of Health & Human Services. In its very first Advisory Opinion of the year, the OIG has boldly proclaimed that a provider...more

Also In The News - Health Headlines - February 2015

House Committee Releases 21st Century Cures Discussion Document – On January 27, 2015, the U.S. House of Representatives Energy and Commerce Committee released a discussion document as part of its 21st Century Cures...more

Quality Over Quantity: The Shift from Fee-for-Service to Value-Based Payment Systems

The United States Department for Health and Human Services (“HHS”) recently announced its intention to tie thirty percent of fee-for-service Medicare payments to alternative and value-based payment models by 2016. HHS hopes...more

Also In the News - Data, Privacy, & Security Practice Report - February 2015

OMB Receives Final Rule Permitting Disclosure To NICS --According to reginfo.gov, the White House Office of Management and Budget received a final rule from HHS that would modify the HIPAA Privacy Rule to expressly permit...more

Washington Healthcare Update

This Week: President’s FY2016 Budget Request... FDA Commissioner Hamburg to step down... Tennessee Medicaid expansion plan rejected by legislature. 1. Congress House House Ways and Means Committee Hosts Hearing...more

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