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HHS CTO Bryan Sivak Steps Down

Bryan Sivak,chief technology officer (CTO) at the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is stepping down from his post at the end of April. A 2015 Fed 100 honoree, Sivak is notably known for roles in the development of a “Buyer’s Club” to share institutional wisdom on procurement, and the ongoing administration of the Entrepreneurs... Read More

HHS Awards BioCyst $12M for Experimental Ebola Drug Development

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ (HHS) Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response (ASPR) has awarded $12 million to Durham, NC-based BioCryst Pharmaceuticals for experimental Ebola drug development. Show More Summary

ASTRO Joins National Launch of Health Care Payment Learning and Action Network (HCPLAN) Today

The American Society for Radiation Oncology (ASTRO) leadership participated in today's launch of the new Health Care Payment Learning and Action Network (HCPLAN) from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) at an event featuring President Obama and HHS Secretary Burwell.

Top Hispanic News Shows Still Haven't Covered HHS Report Which Found Major Reduction Of Latino Uninsured Rate Due To ACA

Major Hispanic news outlets failed to cover a new report from the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) which found that 4.2 million Hispanic Americans have gained health insurance coverage since the Affordable Care Act provisions...Show More Summary

HHS Report Shows Evidence that the ACA Is Working

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services released a report [PDF 5KB] this week showing that 16.4 million uninsured people have gained health coverage since the passage of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) almost 5 years ago—a historic reduction in the uninsured. Some key findings: 14.1 million uninsured people gained coverage between Oct. 2013 and March...

Food Interventionists Coming to a Town Near You

This is overreaching government bureaucracy at its “finest” with bureaucrats from the Department of Agriculture and Health and Human Services (HHS) coming to talk about healthier foods in schools. Hat tip to the Washington Examiner for the find.

Pregnant Women to Qualify for Special Insurance Enrollment - US Democrats

US Democratic Senators said in a letter to HHS Secretary Sylvia Burwell that the US Department of Health and Human Services should create a special insurance enrollment period for pregnant women.

Diet Change and Climate Change

Paul C. "Chip" Knappenberger A draft set of new dietary guidelines released yesterday by the U. S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and the Department of Agriculture (USDA) was backed by a 571-page scientific report from...Show More Summary

Ag Groups Comment on Proposed Dietary Guidelines

The 2015 Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee submitted their recommendations to the Health and Human Services Secretary Burwell and Agriculture Secretary Vilsack. The U.S. Departments of Health and Human Services (HHS) and USDA will...Show More Summary

Consumers 'in line' for Obamacare can still enroll by Feb. 22: HHS' Burwell

U.S. consumers who are already in the process of enrolling in the federal health insurance marketplace will have until Feb. 22 to complete their application, Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia Burwell said on Wednesday. Fewer...Show More Summary

Is The Government About To Warn America Against Meat?

Every five years, the United States Departments of Agriculture (USDA) and Health and Human Services (HHS) get together to revise their recommendations about what Americans should eat. These guidelines influence doctors' health advice, food labels, the ever evolving food pyramid-turned-plate, and what goes into school lunches. Show More Summary

The wrong people are leading the charge for health care quality 

Recently, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced an ambitious goal to have 85 percent of payments made to doctors linked to clinical quality measures within the next two years. HHS believes that incentives should be weighted almost entirely toward quality of care instead of volume of care. I guess if you’re a […]

George Bush HHS Chief: Republicans Shouldn’t Promote Anti-Vaccine Myths

Republican politicians shouldn’t promote debunked ideas that vaccines are harmful to children, George W. Bush’s former health and human services secretary said Tuesday.

Budget Proposes One Food Safety Agency Under HHS

President Obama’s proposed budget released today would combine USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service with Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and other agencies’ efforts into a single agency under Health and Human Services (HHS).Show More Summary

White House budget: HHS includes more money for medical research, food safety, Ebola

President Obama’s budget is seeking $83.8 billion in discretionary funding for the Department of Health and Human Services for a broad range of efforts, from ongoing support of the health-care law to speeding development of medical innovations to safeguarding the nation’s food supply. The budget includes $4.9 billion for the Food and Drug Administration — a nine percent […]

Access to Hepatitis C Therapy Listening Session with Community Stakeholders

Last month, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) convened a listening session on the important issue of access to curative treatment for hepatitis C virus infection. While the advent of more effective, second-generationShow More Summary

$300 million in bonuses for MSSP ACOs

Link: Modern Healthcare The Affordable Care Act (ACA) authorized the Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to enter into agreements with Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs) on a shared savings basis with the goals of improved health outcomes and efficiency. Show More Summary

PTasseater, Former HHS Cyber Security Director, Sentenced To 25 Years In Child Porn Case

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NEBRASKA – Timothy DeFoggi, the former acting director of cyber security at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, has been sentenced to 25 years in prison for child pornography charges. Last year we reported on 56-year-old...Show More Summary

HHS Innovation Lab attempting to change how health care operates

The Department of Health and Human Services is looking for ways to improve care and control costs as part of the Affordable Care Act. Photo by Jahi Chikwendiu/The Washington Post via Getty Images The health law’s ambitious lab for transforming...Show More Summary

HHS secretary says 6.4 million sign up for 2015 HealthCare.gov plans

(Reuters) - About 6.4 million Americans have enrolled for individual insurance plans for 2015 through HealthCare.gov, Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia Burwell said on Tuesday. HealthCare.gov sells individual plans created by the national healthcare reform law in 36 states. Show More Summary

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