August 15, 2013
Technology and disruption have long been familiar bedfellows. Whereas that has been more evident in the private sector than in the federal government, a group within HHS is striving to bring the agency forward.
August 14, 2013
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has settled with Affinity Health Plan, a New York-based managed care plan, for HIPAA violations to the tune of $1,215,780 after a photocopier containing protected health information was compromised.
July 30, 2013
In our Q&A, we ask Sivak, CTO at the Department of Human Services, about disrupting the traditional model of getting things done -- or not -- inside the federal government.
June 26, 2013
Hoping to get consumers the best prices, the Obama administration is negotiating with insurers looking to sell policies in online health insurance marketplaces this fall, Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius said Monday. HHS is operating exchanges in about 35 states starting Oct. 1.
May 31, 2013
The GAO has concluded that the states across the country setting up health insurance exchanges will be ready for enrollment by the Oct. 1, 2013 deadline. Coverage is set to begin Jan. 1, 2014. According to HHS, 18 states will establish a state-based exchange.
May 30, 2013
Senate GOP leaders on Thursday called for an Inspector General investigation into fundraising activities reportedly carried out by HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius.
May 20, 2013
The Department of Health and Human Services has released an enhanced National Standards for Culturally and Linguistically Appropriate Services in Health and Health Care – a blueprint, it calls CLAS, to help organizations improve healthcare quality in serving the nation’s diverse communities.
May 02, 2013
The Department of Health and Human Services and Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services have formed what they call a first-of-its-kind partnership with San Francisco-based healthcare modeling and analytics company Archimedes to provide free and easy access to CMS synthetic claims data for any software developer.
May 01, 2013
A new mobile health application that enables individuals to manage their families' health through customized prevention data has been pronounced the grand prize winner of the Department of Health and Human Services' Healthfinder.gov Mobile App Challenge.
May 01, 2013
The Department of Health and Human Services has released an enhanced National Standards for Culturally and Linguistically Appropriate Services in Health and Health Care -- a blueprint meant to help organizations improve healthcare quality in serving diverse communities in the U.S.
April 23, 2013
After last year's mass shootings in Colorado and Connecticut, the Obama Administration has been looking for ways to address gun violence, either through new legal reforms or by working with existing policy, and one option is to clarify HIPAA provisions that may be preventing the reporting of mental health information to the national background check system.
February 19, 2013
Chief information officers, chief privacy officers, chief compliance officers and all those assorted other assorted C-level titles charged with locking down health information security have a lot on their plates nowadays. Now they’ve got something else to think about.
January 18, 2013
The most eagerly awaited -- if not anxiety-laden -- set of regulations in the healthcare spectrum arrived January 17: HHS issued modifications to the HIPAA Privacy, Security, Enforcement and Breach Notification Rules. The man charged with enforcing the rules said they represent "sweeping changes."
January 02, 2013
In what's been billed as the first HIPAA breach settlement involving fewer than 500 patients, Hospice of North Idaho will pay the Department of Health and Human Services $50,000 to settle potential HIPAA violations stemming from a 2010 incident, HHS officials announced Wednesday.
November 06, 2012
Twitter, the much beloved social networking site, is set to take on disease outbreaks, after the collaborative efforts of three informaticists yielded a new Web-based application tool available to public health officials.
September 24, 2012
Electronic medical records, long touted by government officials as a critical tool for cutting healthcare costs, appear to be prompting some doctors and hospitals to bill higher fees to Medicare for treating seniors.
September 14, 2012
Twitter, the popular social networking site, is set to take on disease outbreaks, after HHS officials announced the release of a new Web-based application tool available to public health officials.
June 12, 2012
For San Francisco-based Archimedes, a company named for a Greek mathematician of antiquity, it’s all about data, math, computing and healthcare modeling. The 20-year-old company deals in information – of the quantitative type. And now it will bring its high-powered analytics skills to bear for the Department of Health and Human Services.
May 17, 2012
As the deadline for state health insurance exchange (HIX) blueprints looms, Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius announced Wednesday that Illinois, Nevada, Oregon, South Dakota, Tennessee and Washington will receive more than $181 million to help implement their exchanges.
May 04, 2012
The Department of Health and Human Services has contracted with San Francisco-based Archimedes, a healthcare modeling company, to put high-powered mathematical analytics in the hands of its agencies, signaling "a new era of medical decision-making."