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Collected by: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Archived since: Sep, 2013

Description:

This collection includes HHS news and announcements from 1991+.

Subject:   Government - US Federal Science & Health

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Title: Statements by Secretary Lew and Secretary Burwell on preparing for the upcoming tax season

URL: https://www.hhs.gov/about/news/2015/01/08/statements-by-secretary-lew-and-secretary-burwell-on-preparing-for-the-upcoming-tax-season.html

Description: In preparation for the 2015 tax filing season, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and the Treasury Department are putting in place resources to provide tax filers with the information and resources they need to get their questions answered.

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Title: Seattle Seahawks Stars Russell Wilson and Richard Sherman encourage Americans to visit HealthCare.gov and shop for coverage through the Health Insurance Marketplace

URL: https://www.hhs.gov/about/news/2015/01/09/seattle-seahawks-stars-russell-wilson-and-richard-sherman-encourage-americans-to-visit-healthcaregov-and-shop-for-coverage-through-the-health-insurance-marketplace.html

Description: Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson and cornerback Richard Sherman encourage Americans to visit HealthCare.gov to shop for quality, affordable health insurance in a video released today by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

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Title: Readout on a call with Treasury Secretary Jacob J. Lew, Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia Burwell, and Tax Volunteers

URL: https://www.hhs.gov/about/news/2015/01/16/readout-on-a-call-with-treasury-secretary-jacob-j-lew-health-and-human-services-secretary-sylvia-burwell-and-tax-volunteers.html

Description: Today, Treasury Secretary Jacob J. Lew and Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia M. Burwell spoke by phone with over one hundred volunteer tax preparers from across the country, who provide free tax filing services to low-income Americans.

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Title: Better, Smarter, Healthier: In historic announcement, HHS sets clear goals and timeline for shifting Medicare reimbursements from volume to value

URL: https://www.hhs.gov/about/news/2015/01/26/better-smarter-healthier-in-historic-announcement-hhs-sets-clear-goals-and-timeline-for-shifting-medicare-reimbursements-from-volume-to-value.html

Description: In a meeting with nearly two dozen leaders representing consumers, insurers, providers, and business leaders, Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia M. Burwell today announced measurable goals and a timeline to move the Medicare program, and the health care system at large, toward paying providers based on the quality, rather than the quantity of care they give patients.

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Title: Nationwide 9.5 million consumers are signed up for Health Insurance Marketplace coverage

URL: https://www.hhs.gov/about/news/2015/01/27/nationwide-9-point-5-million-consumers-are-signed-up-for-health-insurance-marketplace-coverage.html

Description: Nationwide, 9.5 million consumers selected or were automatically reenrolled in quality, affordable health insurance coverage from the Health Insurance Marketplace through the second month of 2015 Open Enrollment, according to a report released today by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

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Title: Transcript for HHS Telebriefing: Update on Ebola Clinical Trial Research

URL: https://www.hhs.gov/about/news/2015/01/27/transcript-for-hhs-telebriefing-update-on-ebola-clinical-trial-research.html

Description: Press Briefing Transcript

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Title: HHS to work with non-profit organizations and tax preparers to help consumers understand the intersection of taxes and health care

URL: https://www.hhs.gov/about/news/2015/01/28/hhs-to-work-with-non-profit-organizations-and-tax-preparers-to-help-consumers-understand-the-intersection-of-taxes-and-health-care.html

Description: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' Secretary Sylvia M. Burwell announced today that HHS is collaborating with a wide range of non-profit organizations and some of the nation's largest tax preparers to ensure that the public understands how health care and their taxes intersect.

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Title: HHS proposes path to improve health technology and transform care

URL: https://www.hhs.gov/about/news/2015/01/30/hhs-proposes-path-to-improve-health-technology-and-transform-care.html

Description: The Department of Health and Human Services' Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) today released Connecting Health and Care for the Nation: A Shared Nationwide Interoperability Roadmap Version 1.0.

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Title: Almost 6.5 million consumers qualify for an average tax credit of $268 per month through the Health Insurance Marketplaces

URL: https://www.hhs.gov/about/news/2015/02/09/almost-6-point-5-million-consumers-qualify-for-an-average-tax-credit-of-268-per-month-through-the-health-insurance-marketplaces.html

Description: The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services released today a report outlining the impact of advanced premium tax credits on premiums in the Health Insurance Marketplaces.

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Title: 2015 Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee submits report

URL: https://www.hhs.gov/about/news/2015/02/19/2015-dietary-guidelines-advisory-committee-submits-report.html

Description: The 2015 Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee, a group of prestigious outside experts, submitted its recommendations to Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Sylvia M. Burwell and Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack, in order to inform the 2015 edition of the Dietary Guidelines for Americans.

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Title: HHS awards $386 million to support families through the home visiting program

URL: https://www.hhs.gov/about/news/2015/02/19/hhs-awards-386-million-to-support-families-through-the-home-visiting-program.html

Description: Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia M. Burwell today announced $386 million in grant awards to states, territories, and nonprofit organizations to support the Maternal, Infant, and Early Childhood Home Visiting Program (Home Visiting Program).

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Title: HHS invests in enhancing domestic preparedness efforts for Ebola

URL: https://www.hhs.gov/about/news/2015/02/20/hhs-invests-in-enhancing-domestic-preparedness-efforts-for-ebola.html

Description: The Department of Health and Human Services released a new funding opportunity announcement (FOA) today:  the Hospital Preparedness Program (HPP) Ebola Preparedness and Response Activities.

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Title: Since 2010, 9.4 million people with Medicare have saved over $15 billion on prescription drugs

URL: https://www.hhs.gov/about/news/2015/02/24/since-2010-9-point-4-million-people-with-medicare-have-saved-over-15-billion-on-prescription-drugs.html

Description: The Department of Health and Human Services released today new information that shows that millions of seniors and people with disabilities with Medicare continued to enjoy prescription drug savings and improved benefits in 2014 as a result of the Affordable Care Act.

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Title: Affordable Care Act initiative builds on success of ACOs

URL: https://www.hhs.gov/about/news/2015/03/10/affordable-care-act-initiative-builds-on-success-of-acos.html

Description: The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services today announced a new initiative from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services' Innovation Center (CMS Innovation Center): the Next Generation Accountable Care Organization (ACO) Model of payment and care delivery.

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Title: Nationwide nearly 11.7 million consumers are enrolled in 2015 Health Insurance Marketplace coverage

URL: https://www.hhs.gov/about/news/2015/03/10/nationwide-nearly-11-point-7-million-consumers-are-enrolled-in-2015-health-insurance-marketplace-coverage.html

Description: Nationwide, nearly 11.7 million consumers selected or were automatically re-enrolled in quality, affordable health insurance coverage through the Health Insurance Marketplace as of Feb. 22, according to a report released today by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

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Title: Departments of Justice and Health and Human Services announce over $27.8 billion in returns from joint efforts to combat health care fraud

URL: https://www.hhs.gov/about/news/2015/03/19/departments-of-justice-and-health-and-human-services-announce-over-27-point-8-billion-in-returns-from-joint-efforts-to-combat-health-care-fraud.html

Description: More than $27.8 billion has been returned to the Medicare Trust Fund over the life of the Health Care Fraud and Abuse Control (HCFAC) Program, Attorney General Eric Holder and HHS Secretary Sylvia M. Burwell announced today.

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Title: HHS announces proposed rules to support the path to nationwide interoperability

URL: https://www.hhs.gov/about/news/2015/03/20/hhs-announces-proposed-rules-to-support-the-path-to-nationwide-interoperability.html

Description: The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) and Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) today announced the release of the Stage 3 notice of proposed rulemaking for the Medicare and Medicaid Electronic Health Records (EHRs) Incentive Programs and 2015 Edition Health IT Certification Criteria to improve the way electronic health information is shared and ultimately improve the way care is delivered and experienced.

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Title: HHS seeks to develop improved anthrax vaccine

URL: https://www.hhs.gov/about/news/2015/03/23/hhs-seeks-to-develop-improved-anthrax-vaccine.html

Description: Advanced development is underway on an improved anthrax vaccine that could provide protection in fewer doses than the currently licensed anthrax vaccine and so may be more cost-effective to stockpile, Dr. Nicole Lurie, assistant secretary for preparedness and response for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services announced today.

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Title: Better, Smarter, Healthier: Health Care Payment Learning and Action Network kick off to advance value and quality in health care

URL: https://www.hhs.gov/about/news/2015/03/25/better-smarter-healthier-health-care-payment-learning-and-action-network-kick-off-to-advance-value-and-quality-in-health-care.html

Description: The Affordable Care Act established an ambitious new framework to move our health care system away from rewarding health providers for the quantity of care they provide and toward rewarding quality.

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Title: HHS launches innovative digital storytelling project to support federal HIV response

URL: https://www.hhs.gov/about/news/2015/03/25/hhs-launches-innovative-digital-storytelling-project-to-support-federal-hiv-response.html

Description: The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services today released Positive Spin, a comprehensive digital educational tool that uses personal storytelling to promote the importance of getting people with HIV into treatment.

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Title: Secretary Burwell announces new HHS Regional Director for Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, and Vermont

URL: https://www.hhs.gov/about/news/2015/03/25/secretary-burwell-announces-new-hhs-regional-director-for-connecticut-maine-massachusetts-new hampshire-rhode-island-and-vermont.html

Description: BOSTON– Department of Health and Human (HHS) Services Secretary Sylvia M. Burwell today announced the appointment of Rachel Kaprielian as Region I Director of HHS.

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Title: HHS takes strong steps to address opioid-drug related overdose, death and dependence

URL: https://www.hhs.gov/about/news/2015/03/26/hhs-takes-strong-steps-to-address-opioid-drug-related-overdose-death-and-dependence.html

Description: U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia M. Burwell today announced a targeted initiative aimed at reducing prescription opioid and heroin related overdose, death and dependence.

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Title: HHS contracts to develop new Ebola drug

URL: https://www.hhs.gov/about/news/2015/03/31/hhs-contracts-to-develop-new-ebola-drug.html

Description: The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response (ASPR) awarded approximately $12 million today to BioCryst Pharmaceuticals of Durham, North Carolina, for the advanced development of a promising experimental drug for Ebola, including preparing for large-scale manufacturing of the drug and conducting related studies.

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Title: Online tools and resources available to help states use health IT to improve health care quality and lower cost

URL: https://www.hhs.gov/about/news/2015/04/02/online-tools-and-resources-available-to-help-states-use-health-it-to-improve-health-care-quality-and-lower-cost.html

Description: The Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) announced today the availability of online tools and resources designed to help states participating in the State Innovation Models initiative improve health care quality and lower costs.

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Title: HHS announces $1 million in new grant programs to help improve sharing of health information

URL: https://www.hhs.gov/about/news/2015/04/14/hhs-announces-1-million-in-new-grant-programs-to-help-improve-sharing-of-health-information.html

Description: National Coordinator for Health Information Technology Karen B. DeSalvo, M.D., M.P.H., M.Sc., announced today the availability of $1 million in grant funds to support community projects for the Community Interoperability Health Information Exchange (HIE) Program.

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Title: Statement from Secretary Burwell on the introduction of Bipartisan Trade Promotion Authority

URL: https://www.hhs.gov/about/news/2015/04/16/statement-from-secretary-burwell-on-the-introduction-of-bipartisan-trade-promotion-authority.html

Description: Today's introduction of bipartisan trade promotion authority is key to ensuring that American values and priorities are reflected in global trade.

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Title: HHS Innovation Ventures Fund Program Announces 2015 Projects​

URL: https://www.hhs.gov/about/news/2015/04/23/hhs-innovation-ventures-fund-program-announces-2015-projects.html

Description: Acting Deputy Secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), Mary Wakefield, Ph.D., R.N., announced today the selection of three projects spearheaded by entrepreneurial teams across the agency.

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Title: HHS issues final recommendation for community water fluoridation

URL: https://www.hhs.gov/about/news/2015/04/27/hhs-issues-final-recommendation-for-community-water-fluoridation.html

Description: The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services today released the final Public Health Service (PHS) recommendation for the optimal fluoride level in drinking water to prevent tooth decay.

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Title: Affordable Care Act payment model saves more than $384 million in two years, meets criteria for first-ever expansion

URL: https://www.hhs.gov/about/news/2015/05/04/affordable-care-act-payment-model-saves-more-than-384-million-in-two-years-meets-criteria-for-first-ever-expansion.html

Description: Today, an independent evaluation report released by the Department of Health and Human Services showed that an innovative payment model created as a pilot project by the Affordable Care Act generated substantial savings to Medicare in just two years.

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Title: HHS announces $101 million in Affordable Care Act funding to 164 new community health centers

URL: https://www.hhs.gov/about/news/2015/05/05/hhs-announces-101-million-in-affordable-care-act-funding-to-164-new-community-health-centers.html

Description: Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia M. Burwell announced today approximately $101 million in Affordable Care Act funding to 164 new health center sites in 33 states and two U.S. Territories for the delivery of comprehensive primary health care services in communities that need them most.

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Title: About 137 million individuals with private insurance are guaranteed access to free preventive services

URL: https://www.hhs.gov/about/news/2015/05/14/about-137-million-individuals-with-private-insurance-are-guaranteed-access-to-free-preventive-services.html

Description: Nationwide, about 137 million individuals, including 55 million women and 28 million children, have private health insurance that covers recommended preventive services without cost sharing, according to a new ASPE Data Point from the Department of Health and Human Services.

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Title: HHS awards $112 million to help 5,000 primary care professionals advance heart health

URL: https://www.hhs.gov/about/news/2015/05/26/hhs-awards-112-million-to-help-5000-primary-care-professionals-advance-heart-health.html

Description: Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia M. Burwell announced today awards of $112 million to regional cooperatives to work with about 5,000 primary care professionals in 12 states to improve the heart health of their nearly 8 million patients.

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Title: New Affordable Care Act payment model seeks to reduce cardiovascular disease

URL: https://www.hhs.gov/about/news/2015/05/28/new-affordable-care-act-payment-model-seeks-to-reduce-cardiovascular-disease.html

Description: Speaking today at the White House Conference on Aging regional forum in Boston, Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia M. Burwell announced a unique opportunity for health care providers to decrease cardiovascular disease risk for tens of thousands of Medicare beneficiaries by assessing an individual patient's risks for heart attack or stroke and working with them to reduce those risks.

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Title: March Effectuated Enrollment Consistent with Department's 2015 Goal

URL: https://www.hhs.gov/about/news/2015/06/02/march-effectuated-enrollment-consistent-with-departments-2015-goal.html

Description: The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services today released a data snapshot providing a detailed look at how many consumers paid their premiums in 2015 and had "effectuated" coverage in March 2015. During Open Enrollment for 2015 Marketplace coverage, through February 22, about 11.7 million Americans selected plans through the Marketplaces.

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Title: Comprehensive prevention program effectively reduces falls among older people

URL: https://www.hhs.gov/about/news/2015/06/08/comprehensive-prevention-program-effectively-reduces-falls-among-older-people.html

Description: Families and physicians have a new tool in the fight against falls- a comprehensive prevention program developed by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services that reduces both falls and resulting use of long-term care such as nursing homes.

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Title: Opioid epidemic: Medication-Assisted Treatment need significantly exceeds capacity

URL: https://www.hhs.gov/about/news/2015/06/11/opioid-epidemic-medication-assisted-treatment-need-significantly-exceeds-capacity.html

Description: A new study published today in the American Journal of Public Health indicates that increased access to methadone or buprenorphine-based medication-assisted treatment (MAT) is critical to fully address the epidemic of opioid abuse and dependence in the United States.

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Title: HHS pursues fast, easy test to detect Ebola virus infections

URL: https://www.hhs.gov/about/news/2015/06/12/hhs-pursues-fast-easy-test-to-detect-ebola-virus-infections.html

Description: To assist doctors in diagnosing Ebola virus disease quickly, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response (ASPR) will pursue development of an Ebola virus diagnostic test for use in a doctor's office, hospital, clinic, or field setting that will provide results within 20 minutes.

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Title: HHS selects nine regional Ebola and other special pathogen treatment centers

URL: https://www.hhs.gov/about/news/2015/06/12/hhs-selects-nine-regional-ebola-and-other-special-pathogen-treatment-centers.html

Description: To further strengthen the nation's infectious disease response capability, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has selected nine health departments and associated partner hospitals to become special regional treatment centers for patients with Ebola or other severe, highly infectious diseases.

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Title: HHS Proposes Vision for the Future of Head Start, Releases New Performance Standards

URL: https://www.hhs.gov/about/news/2015/06/16/hhs-proposes-vision-for-the-future-of-head-start-releases-new-performance-standards.html

Description: The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced today important steps to improve the quality of services at Head Start programs across the country.

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Title: National Medicare fraud takedown results in charges against 243 individuals for approximately $712 million in false billing

URL: https://www.hhs.gov/about/news/2015/06/18/National-Medicare-fraud-takedown-results-in-charges-against-243-individuals-for-approximately-712-million-in-false-billing.html

Description: WASHINGTON – Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Sylvia M. Burwell and Attorney General Loretta E. Lynch announced today a nationwide sweep led by the Medicare Fraud Strike Force in 17 districts, resulting in charges against 243 individuals, including 46 doctors, nurses and other licensed medical professionals, for their alleged participation in Medicare fraud schemes involving approximately $712 million in false billings.

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Title: HHS launches GIS-based tool for health disaster readiness

URL: https://www.hhs.gov/about/news/2015/06/23/hhs-launches-gis-based-tool-for-health-disaster-readiness.html

Description: The HHS emPOWER Map, an interactive online tool, launched today to aid community health agencies and emergency management officials in disaster preparedness as they plan ahead to meet the emergency needs of community residents who rely on electrically powered medical and assistive equipment to live independently at home.

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Title: HHS announces and celebrates innovation award winners across the department

URL: https://www.hhs.gov/about/news/2015/06/24/hhs-announces-and-celebrates-innovation-award-winners-across-the-department.html

Description: Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia M. Burwell today announced the seven winners of the 2015 HHS Innovates Awards.

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Title: Statement by HHS Secretary Sylvia M. Burwell on the Affordable Care Act

URL: https://www.hhs.gov/about/news/2015/06/25/statement-by-hhs-secretary-sylvia-m-burwell-on-the-affordable-care-act.html

Description: Today's Supreme Court decision confirms that the Affordable Care Act's tax credits are available to all eligible Americans no matter where they live.

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Title: HHS study finds early dialysis saved lives following Hurricane Sandy

URL: https://www.hhs.gov/about/news/2015/06/29/hhs-study-finds-early-dialysis-saved-lives-following-hurricane-sandy.html

Description: People with end-stage renal disease (ESRD) who receive dialysis in advance of natural disasters, such as hurricanes, are significantly less likely to need an emergency department visit or hospitalization in the week following the disaster and less likely to die within 30 days after the disaster, according to a U.S. Department of Health and Human Services study published Friday in the American Journal of Kidney Diseases.

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Title: HHS education and training resources on multiple chronic conditions for the health care workforce

URL: https://www.hhs.gov/about/news/2015/07/01/hhs-education-and-training-resources-on-multiple-chronic-conditions-for-the-health-careworkforce.html

Description: New training material to help provide health care professionals with education necessary to care for people living with multiple chronic conditions was launched today by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

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Title: HHS launches National Ebola Training and Education Center

URL: https://www.hhs.gov/about/news/2015/07/01/hhs-launches-national-ebola-training-and-education-center.html

Description: To ensure that U.S. health care providers and facilities are prepared to safely identify, isolate, transport, and treat patients with Ebola and other emerging threats, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services today launched a National Ebola Training and Education Center.

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Title: HHS awards improve health care, public health preparedness

URL: https://www.hhs.gov/about/news/2015/07/06/hhs-awards-improve-health-care-public-health-preparedness.html

Description: Health departments across the country will receive more than $840 million in cooperative agreements from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to improve and sustain emergency preparedness of state and local public health and health care systems.

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Title: HHS awards Teen Pregnancy Prevention Program grants

URL: https://www.hhs.gov/about/news/2015/07/06/hhs-awards-teen-pregnancy-prevention-program-grants

Description: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of Adolescent Health (OAH) Director Evelyn Kappeler announced today more than $86 million in teen pregnancy prevention grants to non-profit organizations, school districts, universities, and others.

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Title: CMS proposes major initiative for hip and knee replacements

URL: https://www.hhs.gov/about/news/2015/07/09/cms-proposes-major-initiative-for-hip-and-knee-replacements.html

Description: Hip and knee replacements are some of the most common surgeries that Medicare beneficiaries receive.

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Title: Administration issues final rules on coverage of certain recommended preventive services without cost sharing

URL: https://www.hhs.gov/about/news/2015/07/10/administration-issues-final-rules-on-coverage-of-certain-recommended-preventive-services-without-cost-sharing.html

Description: Today, the Administration took important steps to make sure women have access to recommended preventive services, including contraceptive services, at no additional cost as required by the Affordable Care Act.

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