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  • U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Azar Meets with Specialty and Patient Groups Regarding Drug Pricing

    U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Azar Meets with Specialty and Patient Groups Regarding Drug Pricing






    (August 16, 2018) - - On Wednesday, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Alex Azar met with representatives of specialty-physician and patient groups to discuss the Trump Administration’s efforts to offer new tools for Medicare Advantage plans to negotiate lower drug prices for patients. The groups included the American Academy of Ophthalmology, the American Cancer Society’s Cancer Action Netw...
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  • Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services Streamlines Medicaid Review Process, Achieves Significant Reduction in Approval Times

    Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services Streamlines Medicaid Review Process, Achieves Significant Reduction in Approval Times




    (August 16, 2018) - - Today, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) announced significant improvements in managing the Medicaid program in partnership with states. Identified early as a priority for both the Trump Administration and the National Association of Medicaid Director’s (NAMD), CMS has implemented changes resulting in faster processing of state requests to make program or benefit...
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  • U.S. Food and Drug Administration Permits Marketing of Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation for Treatment of Obsessive Compulsive Disorder

    U.S. Food and Drug Administration Permits Marketing of Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation for Treatment of Obsessive Compulsive Disorder




    (August 17, 2018) - - On this date, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration published the following information: Today, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration permitted marketing of the Brainsway Deep Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation System for treatment of obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD). “Transcranial magnetic stimulation has shown its potential to help patients suffering from depression and headaches,” said Carlos Peña, Ph.D., M.S., dir...
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  • Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says 1 in 4 US Adults Live with a Disability

    Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says 1 in 4 US Adults Live with a Disability




    Cognitive disability most common in younger adults; mobility disability most common for others



    (August 16, 2018) - - Today, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) published the following information:

    One in 4 U.S. adults – 61 million Americans – have a disability that impacts major life activities, according to a report in CDC’s Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report. The most common disability type, mobility, affects 1 in 7 adults. With age, disability
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  • U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Awards 125 Million Dollars to Support Community Health Center Quality Improvement

    U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Awards $125 Million to Support Community Health Center Quality Improvement




    (August 15, 2018) - - Today, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced $125 million in Quality Improvement grant awards to 1,352 community health centers across all U.S. states, territories and the District of Columbia. Funded by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), health centers will use these funds to continue to improve quality, efficiency, and the effectiveness of healthcare delivery in the communities...
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  • U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs and the Walgreens Company Collaborate to Improve Care Coordination for Veterans

    U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs and the Walgreens Company Collaborate to Improve Care Coordination for Veterans





    Washington, DC - - (August 17, 2018) - - As part of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs’ (VA) efforts to improve care coordination for Veterans, the department is working with pharmacy services provider Walgreens to coordinate patient and pharmaceutical care for VA-enrolled patients. With the click of a button, VA providers will be able to see the entire medication and immunization history of VA-enrolled patients who receive...
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  • U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar Delivers ALEC Speech and Participates in Louisiana Healthcare Leaders Roundtable

    U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar Delivers ALEC Speech and Participates in Louisiana Healthcare Leaders Roundtable





    (August 9, 2018) - - On Thursday, Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar delivered remarks at the 45th American Legislative Exchange Council Annual Meeting in New Orleans, Louisiana. His remarks focused on the Trump Administration’s commitment to working with and challenging states to improve healthcare. Here is a key excerpt from his speech: “From administering Medicaid programs to...
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  • U.S. Food and Drug Administration Alerts Healthcare Providers and Women about Risks Associated with Improper Use of Rupture of Membranes Tests

    U.S. Food and Drug Administration Alerts Healthcare Providers and Women about Risks Associated with Improper Use of Rupture of Membranes Tests





    (August 8, 2018) - - The U.S. Food and Drug Administration today alerted women and their doctors about serious adverse events related to the improper use of tests intended as an aid in detecting if a pregnant woman’s water has broken (also known as a rupture of the membranes containing amniotic fluid). A rupture of the membranes (ROM) can pose immediate and severe risks to the patient and developing fetus without proper patient management...
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  • U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Azar Statement on Passing of Former HHS Secretary Margaret Heckler

    U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Azar Statement on Passing of Former HHS Secretary Margaret Heckler






    (August 7, 2018) - - U. S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Alex Azar issued the following statement regarding the passing of Margaret Heckler, who served as Secretary of Health and Human Services from 1983 to 1985: “It is with great sadness that I have learned of the death of Margaret Heckler, former secretary of Health and Human Services. Secretary Heckler lived a full life in devotion to serving her country...
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  • Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services Proposes “Pathways to Success,” an Overhaul of Medicare’s ACO Program

    Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services Proposes “Pathways to Success,” an Overhaul of Medicare’s ACO Program







    (August 9, 2018) - - Today, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) issued a proposed rule that would overhaul the Medicare Shared Savings Program, which is the program established by the Affordable Care Act and launched in 2012 under which the vast majority of Medicare’s Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs) operate. The redesigned program is called “Pathways to Success.” ACOs are groups of health care providers that agree to take responsibility for the total cost and quality of care for their patients. In return, ACOs receive a portion of the savi...
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