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GOP Blocks HHS Nominee Because Obama Won’t Stop California Forcing Churches to Fund Abortions

Congressional conservatives are taking a stand against the Obama administration’s abortion agenda by blocking one of the president’s Health and Human Services nominees. Until the White House investigates whether California is unlawfully forcing health insurers to cover abortions, Mary Wakefield, the deputy HHS secretary candidate, will have to wait. Show More Summary

Fighting a National Epidemic by Investing in Prevention

Robert E. Ratner, MD, FACP, FACE Steven J. Stack, MD Matt Longjohn, MD, MPH Mike Payne, MSc, MBA Recently, U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS) Sylvia M. Burwell announced significant cost-savings from the National Diabetes...Show More Summary

New report calls for effort to reduce negative attitudes toward people with disorders

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) should lead efforts among federal partners and stakeholders to design, implement, and evaluate a multipronged, evidence-based national strategy to reduce stigma toward people with...Show More Summary

Health 2047’s CEO Dr. Doug Given Talks Integrated Innovation

Conquering EHR interoperability is high on the to-do list of many in healthcare—from the Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA’s) draft guidance for developers to Health and Human Services’ (HHS’) calling on large EHR vendors to pledge improved data sharing. But is all this talk about tackling interoperability just that? Where is the substance? Better yet,... Read More

Exchanges and population health management

Healthcare.gov and the Health and Human Service (HHS) research group ASPE just released a summary of the shopping tendencies during the 2016 Open Enrollment Period for Healthcare.gov states.  There are lots of very interesting nuggets in it, but one table leaped out at me as it plays to my hobby horse of churn analysis: How […]

Buprenorphine: A Key Ingredient in the Fight to Solve America's Pain Crisis

"If you do not change direction, you may end up where you are heading." -- Lao Tzu Over the last few weeks, the CDC, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), and the president of the United States have all separately hit the emergency button over the subject of chronic pain treatment and opioid pain killers. Show More Summary

Ways and Means Committee Members Subpoena HHS for Unlawful Payments

Reps. Kevin Brady (R-TX) and Fred Upton’s (R-MI) “good faith” attempts to obtain information about the Health and Human Services' unlawful...

Endocrine Society Applauds Proposed Medicare Coverage of National Diabetes Prevention Program

The Secretary of the Department Health and Human Services (HHS), Sylvia Burwell, announced today that the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) plans to provide coverage for the National Diabetes Prevention Program (NDPP)....Show More Summary

America’s Trillion-Dollar Bureaucracy

The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is America’s first $1 trillion bureaucracy. HHS will spend $1.1 trillion in 2016, which is one $1 million repeated one million times. You are paying for it, so you might want to knowShow More Summary

HHS: Through 2014, 30% of Rise in Prescription Drug Spending was Due to Price Increases

Click on image for an enlarged view. The Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation (ASPE) in the Department of Health and Human Services, released a report titled "Observations on Trends in Prescription Drug Spending." Key...Show More Summary

New HHS Guidance on HIPAA Encourages Providers to Waive Record Request Fees

New guidance released today by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) encourages that patients should receive copies of their health information free of charge under the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA). Show More Summary

New Dietary Guidelines for Americans: A Menu for Healthy Eating

By Susan Blumenthal, M.D., Yingna Wang and Nicholas Pruthi On January 7, 2016, the US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) released the 2015-2020 Dietary Guidelines for Americans (8th...Show More Summary

Tyndall AFB No Longer Considered for Housing Immigrant Children

PANAMA CITY -- The US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR) has decided not to house any undocumented immigrants or refugees at Tyndall Air Force Base....

HHS budget would rise to $1.1 trillion and encourage states to expand Medicaid

3 months agoHealth : The Checkup

Spending for the Department of Health and Human Services would increase to $1.1 trillion under a proposal that would add large mandatory expenditures for cancer research and fighting drug addictions while slightly decreasing the department’s discretionary programs.Read full article >>

HHS Rules Trans Woman Entitled to Surgery Under Medicare

The decision comes just as the Department of Health and Human Services is deciding whether to implement the Affordable Care Act’s endorsement of trans-affirming healthcare for private insurers.

HHS Rules Transgender Woman Entitled to Surgical Benefits Provided by Medicare Advantage Insurers

Post submitted by HRC Fellow Breanna Diaz Today, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) ruled for the first time that transgender people are entitled to surgical benefits provided under Medicare Advantage insurers, including gender affirming surgery. Attorney Ezra Young, who initiated the case on behalf of his client, Ms. Show More Summary

What the Presidential Candidates Get Wrong About Drug Prices

Presidential candidate and Art of the Deal author Donald Trump recently embraced the idea of having the government (presumably the Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS)) negotiate drug prices in Medicare. He asserted that "doing so could save $300 billion per year" and that the U.S. Show More Summary

Death of EHR "Meaningul Use" imminent. (Hopefully the death of the 'National Programme for Health IT in the HHS' is imminent, too.)

I've written a number of posts on the Orwellian-named "Meaningful Use" experiment with electronic health records systems, imposed upon United States physicians by the Department of Health and Human Services through its Office of theShow More Summary

CrossChx, Former HHS Innovators Partner to Build The ‘Internet of Healthcare’

CrossChx, a provider of identity resolution for smarter healthcare is teaming up with Bryan Sivak (former CTO of Health and Human Services) and Dr. Jacob Reider, (former Chief Medical Officer and later Deputy National Coordinator ofShow More Summary

HHS New Tool Makes It Easier for Transgender Patients to Find ACA Coverage They Need

Today, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) added a new page to HealthCare.gov to address issues facing transgender people accessing health care coverage under the Affordable Care Act (ACA). The page provides consumers with...Show More Summary

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