31 Mar 2020

U.S. TAXPAYERS PAID MILLIONS TO DESIGN A LOW-COST VENTILATOR FOR A PANDEMIC: INSTEAD, A ROYAL PHILIPS N.V. SUBSIDIARY IS SELLING VERSIONS OF IT OVERSEAS.

    By Patricia Callahan, Sebastian Rotella and Tim Golden ProPublica   Five years ago, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services tried to plug a crucial hole in its preparations for a global pandemic, signing a $13.8 million contract with a Pennsylvania manufacturer to create a low-cost, portable, easy-to-use ventilator that

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21 Jun 2019

CMS ISSUES RENEWED GUIDANCE IN EFFORT TO ENSURE MEDICAID PROGRAM INTEGRITY

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) issued guidance to state Medicaid agencies June 21 that outlines the necessary assurances that states should make to ensure that program resources are reserved for those who meet eligibility requirements. This guidance follows a series of steps that CMS has taken since

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22 Apr 2019

HHS TO DELIVER VALUE-BASED TRANSFORMATION IN PRIMARY CARE

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Alex Azar and Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Administrator Seema Verma announced the CMS Primary Cares Initiative April 22, a new set of payment models that will transform primary care to deliver better value for patients throughout the

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12 Dec 2018

COMMENT: REDUCING THE REGULATORY BURDENS OF THE HIPAA RULES

    The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), Office for Civil Rights (OCR), issued a Request for Information (RFI) Dec. 12 seeking input from the public on how the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) Rules, especially the HIPAA Privacy Rule, could be modified to further

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12 Nov 2018

HHS RELEASES PHYSICAL ACTIVITY GUIDELINES FOR AMERICANS, 2ND EDITION

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ second edition of the Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans was released at the American Heart Association’s Scientific Sessions meeting Nov. 11. The second edition provides evidence-based recommendations for youth ages 3 through 17 and adults to safely get the physical activity they

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