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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: First-ever CMS Innovation Center pilot project to test improving patients' health by addressing their social needs

URL: https://www.hhs.gov/about/news/2016/01/05/first-ever-cms-innovation-center-pilot-project-test-improving-patients-health.html

Description: The Department of Health and Human Services today announced a new funding opportunity of up to $157 million to test whether screening beneficiaries for health-related social needs and associated referrals to and navigation of community-based services will improve quality and affordability in Medicare and Medicaid.

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Title: Statement by HHS Secretary Sylvia M. Burwell on H.R. 3762

URL: https://www.hhs.gov/about/news/2016/01/06/statement-hhs-secretary-sylvia-m-burwell-hr-3762.html

Description: "We are in the final weeks of Open Enrollment for 2016 under the Affordable Care Act and saw unprecedented demand for January 2016 coverage. Yet at the same time, we continue to see efforts to repeal the ACA and turn back the clock."

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Title: 11.3 million individuals nationwide are signed up through the Health Insurance Marketplaces

URL: https://www.hhs.gov/about/news/2016/01/07/11-million-individuals-nationwide-are-signed-up-through-the-health-insurance-marketplaces.html

Description: According to a new report released today, more than 11.3 million people are signed up for coverage through the Health Insurance Marketplaces in all 50 states and the District of Columbia.

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Title: HHS and USDA Release New Dietary Guidelines to Encourage Healthy Eating Patterns to Prevent Chronic Diseases

URL: https://www.hhs.gov/about/news/2016/01/07/hhs-and-usda-release-new-dietary-guidelines-encourage-healthy-eating-patterns-prevent-chronic.html

Description: Secretary of Health and Human Services Sylvia M. Burwell and Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack today released updated nutritional guidelines that encourage Americans to adopt a series of science-based recommendations to improve how they eat to reduce obesity and prevent chronic diseases like Type 2 diabetes, hypertension, and heart disease.

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Title: New hospitals and health care providers join successful, cutting-edge federal initiative that cuts costs and puts patients at the center of their care

URL: https://www.hhs.gov/about/news/2016/01/11/new-hospitals-and-health-care-providers-join-successful-cutting-edge-federal-initiative.html

Description: Today, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced 121 new participants – representing 49 states and the District of Columbia – in Medicare Accountable Care Organization (ACO) initiatives designed to improve the care patients receive in the health care system and lower costs.

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Title: New Guidance Highlights High Impact Opportunities to Support Healthy Students

URL: https://www.hhs.gov/about/news/2016/01/15/new-guidance-highlights-high-impact-opportunities-support-healthy-students.html

Description: In a new letter sent today to governors, chief state school officers, state health officials and state Medicaid directors, the U.S. Departments of Education (ED) and Health and Human Services (HHS) recognize the critical role that healthcare coverage and health services play in ensuring all students are ready and able to learn, and recommend action steps to better coordinate health and education services for all students and their families.

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Title: Fact Sheet from the Departments of the Treasury and Health and Human Services on Preparing for Tax Season

URL: https://www.hhs.gov/about/news/2016/01/20/fact-sheet-from-the-departments-of-the-treasury-and-health-and-human-services.html

Description: As tax filing season begins, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and the Treasury Department are once again putting in place resources to help tax filers understand how health care intersects with their taxes.

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Title: Eight in 10 Marketplace customers in HealthCare.gov states qualify for a tax credit with an average value of nearly $300 per month

URL: https://www.hhs.gov/about/news/2016/01/21/eight-in-10-marketplace-customers-in-healthcaregov-states-qualify-for-tax-credit.html

Description: According to a new report released today, more than 8 in 10 people (83 percent) who selected or were automatically enrolled in a 2016 plan through the Marketplace qualify for a tax credit with an average value of $294 per month, or about 72 percent of the pre-tax credit premium.

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Title: HHS announces partnership with Lyft ahead of final Open Enrollment deadline

URL: https://www.hhs.gov/about/news/2016/01/28/hhs-announces-partnership-lyft-ahead-final-open-enrollment-deadline.html

Description: With the final deadline to sign up for health insurance less than a week away, Sylvia M. Burwell, Secretary of Health and Human Services, and Logan Green, CEO of Lyft, announced a partnership to promote Open Enrollment.

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Title: Administrative Law Judge rules in favor of OCR enforcement, requiring Lincare, Inc. to pay $239,800

URL: https://www.hhs.gov/about/news/2016/02/03/administrative-law-judge-rules-favor-ocr-enforcement-requiring-lincare-inc-pay-penalties.html

Description: A U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Administrative Law Judge (ALJ) has ruled that Lincare, Inc. (Lincare) violated the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA) Privacy Rule and granted summary judgment to the Office for Civil Rights (OCR) on all issues, requiring Lincare to pay $239,800 in civil money penalties (CMPs) imposed by OCR.

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Title: FACT SHEET: About 12.7 million people nationwide are signed up for coverage during Open Enrollment

URL: https://www.hhs.gov/about/news/2016/02/04/fact-sheet-about-127-million-people-nationwide-are-signed-coverage-during-open-enrollment.html

Description: On January 31, Open Enrollment for 2016 coverage ended, with about 12.7 million consumers selecting plans or being automatically re-enrolled across all states, either through the HealthCare.gov platform or a State-based Marketplace, HHS Secretary Sylvia M. Burwell announced today.

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Title: HHS proposes changes to the rules governing the confidentiality of substance use disorder records

URL: https://www.hhs.gov/about/news/2016/02/05/hhs-proposes-changes-to-rules-governing-confidentiality-substance-use-disorder-records.html

Description: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Sylvia M. Burwell today announced proposed revisions to the Confidentiality of Alcohol and Drug Abuse Patient Records regulations, 42 CFR Part 2.

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Title: HHS awards $500,000 in funding to Flint health centers

URL: https://www.hhs.gov/about/news/2016/02/18/hhs-awards-500000-funding-flint-health-centers.html

Description: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia M. Burwell today announced $500,000 in funding to help two area health centers increase and expand activities in response to the lead contamination of Flint's water.

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URL: https://www.hhs.gov/about/news/2016/02/18/hhs-fact-sheet-working-solve-health-care-challenges-puerto-rico.html

Description: Secretary Burwell and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) are a core part of the Administration's team working closely with Puerto Rico and other key stakeholders to address the fiscal crisis in the Commonwealth.

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Title: Statement by HHS Secretary Sylvia M. Burwell on Senate confirmation of Dr. Robert Califf as FDA Commissioner

URL: https://www.hhs.gov/about/news/2016/02/24/statement-by-hhs-secretary-on-senate-confirmation-of-dr-robert-califf-as-fda-commissioner.html

Description: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia M. Burwell today congratulated new U.S. Food and Drug Administration Commissioner Dr. Robert Califf after his nomination was confirmed by the United States Senate

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Title: Fact Sheet: Commitments from health care industry to make electronic health records work better for patients and providers

URL: https://www.hhs.gov/about/news/2016/02/29/fact-sheet-health-care-industry-make-electronic-health-records-work-better-patients-and-providers.html

Description: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia M. Burwell announced today that companies that provide 90 percent of electronic health records used by hospitals nationwide as well as the top five largest private healthcare systems in the country have agreed to implement three core commitments:

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Title: HHS announces major commitments from healthcare industry to make electronic health records work better for patients and providers

URL: https://www.hhs.gov/about/news/2016/02/29/hhs-announces-major-commitments-healthcare-industry-make-electronic-health-records-work-better.html

Description: Today, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Sylvia M. Burwell announced that companies that provide 90 percent of electronic health records used by U.S. hospitals, the nation's five largest private healthcare systems, and more than a dozen leading professional associations and stakeholder groups have pledged to implement three core commitments that will improve the flow of health information to consumers and healthcare providers.

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Title: HHS Announces Proposed Rule to Support the Reliability, Transparency, Accountability, and Safety of Certified Health IT

URL: https://www.hhs.gov/about/news/2016/03/01/hhs-announces-proposed-rule-support-reliability-transparency-accountability-and-safety-certified

Description: The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) today proposed a new rule that would further enhance the safety, reliability, transparency, and accountability of certified health IT for users.

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Title: ONC Launches New Challenges to Spur Innovation for Market-Ready, User-Friendly Health Technology Apps for Consumers and Providers

URL: https://www.hhs.gov/about/news/2016/03/01/onc-launches-new-challenges-spur-innovation-market-ready-user-friendly-health-technology-apps.html

Description: The Department of Health and Human Services' (HHS) Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) announced today a three-part strategy to spur the development of market-ready, user-friendly software applications (apps) for consumers and health care providers.

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Title: HHS Approves Major Medicaid Expansion for Flint

URL: https://www.hhs.gov/about/news/2016/03/02/hhs-approves-major-medicaid-expansion-flint.html

Description: Today, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services announced that the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has approved the State of Michigan's 1115 demonstration to extend Medicaid coverage and services to Flint residents impacted by the lead exposure.

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Title: HHS expands Head Start in Flint

URL: https://www.hhs.gov/about/news/2016/03/02/hhs-expands-head-start-in-flint.html

Description: HHS announced one-time emergency funds of $3.6 million to expand Head Start and Early Head Start services immediately in Flint, Michigan to help children and families exposed to lead in the city's water supply.

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Title: 20 million people have gained health insurance coverage because of the Affordable Care Act, new estimates show

URL: https://www.hhs.gov/about/news/2016/03/03/20-million-people-have-gained-health-insurance-coverage-because-affordable-care-act-new-estimates

Description: A new report released today finds that the provisions of the Affordable Care Act have resulted in  an estimated 20.0 million people gaining health insurance coverage between the passage of the law in 2010 and early 2016—an historic reduction in the uninsured.

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Title: HHS reaches goal of tying 30 percent of Medicare payments to quality ahead of schedule

URL: https://www.hhs.gov/about/news/2016/03/03/hhs-reaches-goal-tying-30-percent-medicare-payments-quality-ahead-schedule.html

Description: Thanks to tools provided by the Affordable Care Act, an estimated 30 percent of Medicare payments are now tied to alternative payment models that reward the quality of care over quantity of services provided to beneficiaries, HHS announced today.

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Title: HHS enviará hemoderivados a Puerto Rico debido al brote de zika

URL: https://www.hhs.gov/about/news/2016/03/07/hhs-enviar-hemoderivados-puerto-rico-debido-al-brote-de-zika.html

Description: El Departamento de Salud y Servicios Humanos de los Estados Unidos anunció hoy que está preparando y encargándose de subvencionar envíos de hemoderivado, los cuales saldrán del territorio continental de Estados Unidos con destino a Puerto Rico con el objetivo de proporcionar un suministro de sangre no contaminada a los residentes de la isla, puesto que en la Mancomunidad de Puerto Rico se está produciendo una transmisión activa del virus a través de los mosquitos. El primer envío de hemoderivados llegó a Puerto Rico el sábado 5 de marzo.

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Title: HHS ships blood products to Puerto Rico in response to Zika outbreak

URL: https://www.hhs.gov/about/news/2016/03/07/hhs-ships-blood-products-puerto-rico-response-zika-outbreak.html

Description: The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services today announced that it is arranging and funding shipments of blood products from the continental United States to Puerto Rico to ensure an adequate supply of safe blood for island residents as the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico experiences active mosquito-borne Zika transmission.

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Title: The Secretary's Ventures Program Announces Projects for 2016

URL: https://www.hhs.gov/about/news/2016/03/09/secretary-ventures-program-announces-projects-2016.html

Description: The Acting Deputy Secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Mary Wakefield today announced the selection of five entrepreneurial projects for investment by the Secretary's Ventures program (HHS Ventures).

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Title: HHS awards $94 million to health centers to help treat the prescription opioid abuse and heroin epidemic in America

URL: https://www.hhs.gov/about/news/2016/03/11/hhs-awards-94-million-to-health-centers.html

Description: Today, Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Sylvia M. Burwell announced $94 million in Affordable Care Act funding to 271 health centers in 45 states, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico to improve and expand the delivery of substance abuse services in health centers, with a specific focus on treatment of opioid use disorders in underserved populations.

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Title: HHS deploys Assistant Surgeon General to serve as temporary Senior Advisor to Flint Mayor

URL: https://www.hhs.gov/about/news/2016/03/11/hhs-deploys-assistant-surgeon-general-serve-temporary-senior-advisor-flint-mayor.html

Description: During a news conference at city hall today, Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response Dr. Nicole Lurie and Mayor Karen Weaver announced that Rear Admiral (RADM) Michelle E. Dunwoody, an assistant U.S. surgeon general, will serve as a temporary senior advisor to Mayor Weaver.

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Title: Nationwide the Health Insurance Marketplaces signed up 4.9 million new people during the third Open Enrollment period

URL: https://www.hhs.gov/about/news/2016/03/11/nationwide-health-insurance-marketplaces-signed-49-million-new-people-during-third-open-enrollment.html

Description: According to a final enrollment report released today, Health Insurance Marketplaces nationwide signed up 4.9 million new customers for 2016 coverage during the third Open Enrollment period.

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Title: HHS releases report showing poverty reduction impact of safety net has increased tenfold since war on poverty began in 1964

URL: https://www.hhs.gov/about/news/2016/03/14/hhs-releases-report-showing-poverty-reduction-impact-safety-net-has-increased-tenfold-war-poverty

Description: Just over 50 years ago, President Lyndon B. Johnson declared an "unconditional war on poverty."

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URL: https://www.hhs.gov/about/news/2016/03/16/155-million-settlement-underscores-importance-executing-hipaa-business-associate-agreements.html

Description: North Memorial Health Care of Minnesota has agreed to pay $1,550,000 to settle charges that it potentially violated HIPAA.

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Title: Improper disclosure of research participants' protected health information results in $3.9 million HIPAA settlement

URL: https://www.hhs.gov/about/news/2016/03/17/improper-disclosure-research-participants-protected-health-information-results-in-hipaa-settlement.html

Description: Feinstein Institute for Medical Research agreed to pay $3.9 million to settle potential HIPAA violations and will undertake a substantial corrective action plan.Â

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Title: Medicare spent $473 billion less from 2009 through 2014 compared to previous spending trends

URL: https://www.hhs.gov/about/news/2016/03/22/medicare-spent-473-billion-less-2009-through-2014-compared-previous-spending-trends.html

Description: The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced today that Medicare spent $473.1 billion less on personal health care expenditures between 2009 and 2014 than would have been spent if the 2000-2008 average growth rate had continued through 2014.

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Title: Independent experts confirm that diabetes prevention model supported by the Affordable Care Act saves money and improves health

URL: https://www.hhs.gov/about/news/2016/03/23/independent-experts-confirm-diabetes-prevention-model-supported-affordable-care-act-saves-money.html

Description: HHS announced that the independent Office of the Actuary in CMS certified that expansion of the Diabetes Prevention Program, a model funded by the ACA, would reduce net Medicare spending.

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Title: Statement from Assistant Secretary for Aging Kathy Greenlee on House passage of the Older Americans Act Reauthorization

URL: https://www.hhs.gov/about/news/2016/03/23/statement-from-assistant-secretary-for-aging-kathy-greenlee.html

Description: We are excited to see the Older Americans Act on the verge of reauthorization, and we applaud the House for this important step.

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Title: New report shows Medicaid expansion can improve behavioral health care access

URL: https://www.hhs.gov/about/news/2016/03/28/new-report-shows-medicaid-expansion-can-improve-behavioral-health-care-access.html

Description: Today, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services released a report showing that states can greatly improve access to behavioral health services for residents by expanding Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act.

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URL: https://www.hhs.gov/about/news/2016/03/29/fact-sheet-mat-opioid-use-disorders-increasing-buprenorphine-patient-limit.html

Description: HHS published a proposed rule to expand access to buprenorphine, one of three medications currently approved by the FDA for treatment of opioid dependence through medication-assisted treatment.

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Title: HHS takes steps to increase access to the opioid use disorder treatment medication buprenorphine

URL: https://www.hhs.gov/about/news/2016/03/29/hhs-takes-steps-increase-access-opioid-use-disorder-treatment-medication-buprenorphine.html

Description: In conjunction with the President's visit to the National Rx Drug Abuse and Heroin Summit, HHS today announced a proposal to allow qualified physicians to prescribe the opioid use disorder treatment medication buprenorphine to an increased number of patients.

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Title: Final rule extends new religious liberty protections to beneficiaries of federally-funded social service programs

URL: https://www.hhs.gov/about/news/2016/03/31/final-rule-extends-new-religious-liberty-protections-beneficiaries-federally-funded-social-service.html

Description: Today, HHS, along with other federal agencies, published a final rule that will provide new religious liberty protections for beneficiaries of federally funded social service programs, while also adding new protections for the ability of religious providers to compete for government funds on the same basis as any other private organization.

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Title: Statement from Assistant Secretary for Aging Kathy Greenlee on Older Americans Act Reauthorization Signed Into Law

URL: https://www.hhs.gov/about/news/2016/04/19/statement-assistant-secretary-aging-kathy-greenlee-older-americans-act-reauthorization.html

Description: President Obama signed the Older Americans Act Reauthorization Act of 2016 into law today, reaffirming our nation's commitment to the health and well-being of older adults.

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Title: HHS sponsors new broad spectrum antibiotic development

URL: https://www.hhs.gov/about/news/2016/04/20/hhs-sponsors-new-broad-spectrum-antibiotic-development.html

Description: A broad spectrum antibiotic that could become the first of its kind to treat specific Gram negative and Gram positive infections as well as tularemia, a bioterrorism threat, will undergo the last steps in development with support from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response (ASPR).

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Title: Unauthorized Filming for "NY Med" Results in $2.2 Million Settlement with New York Presbyterian Hospital

URL: https://www.hhs.gov/about/news/2016/04/21/unauthorized-filming-ny-med-results-22-million-settlement-new-york-presbyterian-hospital.html

Description: The Department of Health and Human Services, Office for Civil Rights announced that it has reached a $2.2 million settlement with New York Presbyterian Hospital for the egregious disclosure of two patients' protected health information to film crews and staff during the filming of "NY Med," an ABC television series, without first obtaining authorization from the patients.

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Title: HHS supporting study of Zika virus blood screening test

URL: https://www.hhs.gov/about/news/2016/04/22/hhs-supporting-study-zika-virus-blood-screening-test.html

Description: The development of a test to identify whether donated blood is infected with the Zika virus is moving forward with support from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response (ASPR) and the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Health (OASH).

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Title: HHS issues major rule modernizing Medicaid managed care

URL: https://www.hhs.gov/about/news/2016/04/25/hhs-issues-major-rule-modernizing-medicaid-managed-care.html

Description: Today, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) issued a final rule on managed care in Medicaid and the Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP).

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Title: HHS awards $5 million to Puerto Rico health centers to fight the spread of Zika virus

URL: https://www.hhs.gov/about/news/2016/04/26/hhs-awards-5-million-to-puerto-rico-health-centers.html

Description: Today, HHS Secretary Sylvia M. Burwell announced $5 million in funding to 20 health centers in Puerto Rico to further combat the Zika virus disease.

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Title: Administration takes first step to implement legislation modernizing how Medicare pays physicians for quality

URL: https://www.hhs.gov/about/news/2016/04/27/administration-takes-first-step-implement-legislation-modernizing-how-medicare-pays-physicians.html

Description: The Department of Health and Human Services today issued a proposal to align and modernize how Medicare payments are tied to the cost and quality of patient care for hundreds of thousands of doctors and other clinicians.

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Title: HHS helping lift key hurdle in the efforts to develop better Zika diagnostics

URL: https://www.hhs.gov/about/news/2016/04/27/hhs-helping-lift-key-hurdle-efforts-develop-better-zika-diagnostics.html

Description: To speed the development of diagnostic tests for Zika virus infection, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response (ASPR) will support the collection of blood samples from people in the continental United States and Puerto Rico who have been infected with Zika virus.

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Title: New Medicaid guidance improves access to health care for justice-involved Americans reentering their communities

URL: https://www.hhs.gov/about/news/2016/04/28/new-medicaid-guidance-improves-access-health-care-justice-involved-americans-reentering-their.html

Description: Today, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) strengthened access to health care for individuals transitioning from incarceration back to their communities.

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Title: HHS Awards over $260 Million to Health Centers Nationwide to Build and Renovate Facilities to Serve More Patients

URL: https://www.hhs.gov/about/news/2016/05/04/hhs-awards-over-260-million-health-centers-nationwide-build-and-renovate-facilities-serve-more.html

Description: Today, HHS Secretary Sylvia M. Burwell announced over $260 million in funding to 290 health centers in 45 states, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico for facility renovation, expansion, or construction.

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Title: HHS announces challenge to redesign the medical bill for patients

URL: https://www.hhs.gov/about/news/2016/05/09/hhs-announces-challenge-redesign-medical-bill-patients.html

Description: Speaking at the annual Health Datapalooza conference today, Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Sylvia M. Burwell announced a challenge to encourage health care organizations, designers, developers, digital tech companies and other innovators to design a medical bill that's simpler, cleaner, and easier for patients to understand, and to improve patients' experience of the overall medical billing process.

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