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  • NIH says Study discovers Gene that Helps us Know When it’s Time to Urinate

    NIH says Study discovers Gene that Helps us Know When it’s Time to Urinate

    National Institutes of Health says Study discovers Gene that Helps us Know When it’s Time to Urinate | site |




    (October 19, 2020) - - Today, October 19, 2020, the National Institutes of Health (NIH) published the following information:

    In a National Institutes of Health-funded study involving both mice and patients who are part of an NIH Clinical Center trial, researchers discovered that a gene, called PIEZO2, may be responsible for the powerful urge to urinate that we normally feel several times a day. The results, published in Nature, suggest that the gene helps at least two different types of cells in the body sense when our bladders are full and need to be emptied. These results also
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  • HHS Expands Relief Fund Eligibility and Updates Reporting Requirements

    HHS Expands Relief Fund Eligibility and Updates Reporting Requirements

    U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Expands Relief Fund Eligibility and Updates Reporting Requirements | site |




    (October 22, 2020) - - Today, October 22, 2020, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services published the following information: The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), through the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), is announcing the latest Provider Relief Fund (PRF) application period has been expanded to include provider applicants such as residential treatment facilities, chiropractors, and eye and vision providers that have not yet received Provider Relief Fund distributions. On October 1, 2020, HHS announced it would be making up to $20 billion in new Phase 3 General Distribution funding available for providers on the frontlines of the coronavirus pandemic. HHS is also focused on ensuring the safe continuity of all types of health care delivery despite this pandemic. As such, the Adminis...
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  • Veterans Affairs completes Secure Transfer of Veteran Data ahead of new Electronic Health Record Launch

    Veterans Affairs completes Secure Transfer of Veteran Data ahead of new Electronic Health Record Launch | site |



    VA completes secure transfer of Veteran data ahead of new electronic health record launch


    (October 15, 2020) - - Today, October 15, 2020, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs published the following information:

    WASHINGTON — The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announced today it completed transferring patient data into its new electronic health record (EHR) solution in preparation for the system’s launch in the Pacific Northwest later this month.

    The Oct. 1 migration includes clinical and demographic data for approximately 88,000 Veterans and equips VA health care providers with a longitudinal view of patient information when using the Electronic Health Record Modernization (EHRM) solution at Mann-Grandstaff VA Medical Center (VAMC) in Spokane, Washington. “Giving our VA clinicians quick, secu
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  • Department of Veterans Affairs says Federal Electronic Health Record connects with more Community Partners

    Department of Veterans Affairs says Federal Electronic Health Record connects with more Community Partners | site |


    VA says addition of new health care network enhances patient care


    (October 13, 2020) - - Today, October 13, 2020, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs published the following information:

    WASHINGTON — The Federal Electronic Health Record Modernization (FEHRM) program office announced the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), Department of Defense (DOD) and Department of Homeland Security’s U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) expanded their joint health information exchange (HIE) network with the private sector, Oct. 9, after connecting with the CommonWell Health Alliance. CommonWell brings a nationwide network of more than 15,000 hospitals and clinics to the 46,000 community partners already part of the joint HIE. Launched earlier this year, the joint HIE is a modernized health data sharing capability that enhances the abili...
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  • U.S. Office of Personnel Management Announces 2021 Health, Dental, and Vision Program Premiums

    U.S. Office of Personnel Management Announces 2021 Health, Dental, and Vision Program Premiums| site |


    (October 14, 2020) - - Today, the U.S. Office of Personnel Management published the following information:

    WASHINGTON, DC – The U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM) announced today that for plan year 2021, the average total premiums for current non-Postal employees and retirees enrolled in plans under the Federal Employees Health Benefits (FEHB) Program will increase 3.6 percent. This year’s increase is lower than last year’s increase.

    This year, OPM has negotiated a new, seven-year contract for the Federal Employees Dental and Vision Insurance Program (FEDVIP). While the majority of current FEDVIP enrollees should not experience a significant increase in premiums, enrollees are encouraged to research the various FEDVIP plans and choose the dental and vision coverage that best fits their needs. “Our team has worked diligently
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  • NIH Study aims to Identify promising COVID-19 Treatments for larger Clinical Trials

    National Institutes of Health Study aims to Identify promising COVID-19 Treatments for larger Clinical Trials | site |



    (October 13, 2020) - - Today, the National Institutes of Health published the following information:

    The National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), part of the National Institutes of Health, today launched a study designed to determine whether certain approved therapies or investigational drugs in late-stage clinical development show




    This scanning electron microscope image shows SARS-CoV-2 (round gold objects) emerging from the surface of cells cultured in the lab. SARS-CoV-2, also known as 2019-nCoV, is the virus that causes COVID-19. The virus shown was isolated from a patient in the U.S.
    Graphic courtesy NIAID

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  • U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services Azar Statement on Mental Health Executive Order

    U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services Azar Statement on Mental Health Executive Order| site |



    (October 5, 2020) - - Today, October 5, 2020, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) published the following information: On Monday, the White House issued President Trump's Executive Order on Saving Lives Through Increased Support For Mental- and Behavioral-Health Needs, which orders the creation of a Coronavirus Mental Health Working Group, co-chaired by the HHS Secretary and Brooke Rollins, Acting Director of the Domestic Policy Council (or their designees), the submission of a plan by the working group for addressing mental health impacts of COVID-19, and calls for agencies to maximize support, including safe in-person services, for Americans in need of behavioral health treatment. HHS Secretary Alex Azar issued the following statement: "We know that the COVID-19 pandemic has created or exacerbated serious behavioral health challenges for ma...
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  • U.S. General Services Administration and U.S. Department of Energy issue RFI for Resource-Efficient Technologies

    U.S. General Services Administration and U.S. Department of Energy issue RFI for Resource-Efficient Technologies that Improve Building Health and Resilience | site |



    (October 7, 2020) - - Today, the U.S. General Services Administration published the following information: WASHINGTON — The U.S. General Services Administration, in collaboration with the U.S. Department of Energy, has issued a Request for Information (RFI) to obtain responses from vendors and other interested parties on resource-efficient technologies that improve commercial building health and resilience. The RFI invites technology manufacturers and industry to submit information on technologies that are nearly ready for commercial use, or in the early stages of commercial application. Responses will be evaluated and considered for inclusion in the GSA Proving Ground (GPG) program (for federally-owned facilities) or voluntary partnership programs facilitated by DOE (for privately-owned fa...
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  • Health Resources and Services Administration - - HRSA

    Health Resources and Services Administration - - HRSA

    Health Resources and Services Administration - - HRSA | site |




    (October 6, 2020) - - Are you familiar with the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA)? If not, you may find information about HRSA at https://www.hrsa.gov or press HERE



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  • National Institutes of Health to Assess and Expand COVID-19 Testing for Underserved Communities

    National Institutes of Health to Assess and Expand COVID-19 Testing for Underserved Communities | site |



    (September 30, 2020) - - Today, the National Institutes of Health (NIH) published the following information:

    The National Institutes of Health has awarded nearly $234 million to improve COVID-19 testing for underserved and vulnerable populations. A part of the Rapid Acceleration of Diagnostics (RADx) initiative, the RADx Underserved Populations (RADx-UP) program will support 32 institutions across the United States and will focus on populations disproportionately affected by the pandemic. These groups include African Americans, American Indians/Alaskan Natives, Latinos/Latinas, Native Hawaiians, older adults, pregnant women and those who are homeless or incarcerated. “It is critical that all Americans have access to rapid, accurate diagnostics for COVID-19, especially underserved and vulnerable populations who are bearing the brunt of th
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  • NIH expands Clinical Trials to Test Convalescent Plasma against COVID-19

    National Institutes of Health expands Clinical Trials to Test Convalescent Plasma against COVID-19 | site |


    Rigorous studies to build on earlier efforts to test the experimental treatment


    (September 22, 2020) - - Today the National Institutes of Health published the following information: Two randomized, placebo-controlled clinical trials funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) are expanding enrollment to further evaluate convalescent plasma as a treatment for patients hospitalized with COVID-19. Preliminary observational studies indicate that convalescent plasma may improve outcomes among severely ill and hospitalized patients with COVID-19. Prospective, well-controlled randomized trials are needed to generate sufficient data on whether convalescent plasma is effective and safe for the treatment of COVID-19. Convalescent plasma is blood plasma taken from people who have recovered from COVID-19. It contains antibodies that can recognize and
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  • NIH Funds Community Engagement Research Efforts in Areas Hardest Hit by COVID-19

    National Institutes of Health Funds Community Engagement Research Efforts in Areas Hardest Hit by COVID-19 | site |




    (September 16, 2020) - - Today, September 16, 2020, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) published the following information:

    The National Institutes of Health today announced a $12 million award for outreach and engagement efforts in ethnic and racial minority communities disproportionately affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. The award to RTI International, a non-profit research institution, will support teams in 11 states established as part of the NIH Community Engagement Alliance (CEAL) Against COVID-19 Disparities. These teams have received initial funding to immediately create CEAL programs, and RTI will serve as the Technical and Administrative Support and Coordination (TASC) center.


    The CEAL research teams will focus on COVID-19 awareness and education research, especially among African Americans,
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  • U.S. Department of Labor Awards 11.2 Million Dollars in Worker Safety and Health Training Grants

    U.S. Department of Labor Awards $11.2 Million in Worker Safety and Health Training Grants | site |



    (September 18, 2020) - - Today, September 18, 2020, the U.S. Department of Labor published the following information: WASHINGTON, DC – The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has awarded approximately $11.2 million in Susan Harwood federal safety and health training grants to 90 nonprofit organizations nationwide. The grants will provide education and training programs to help workers and employers recognize serious workplace hazards, including the coronavirus, implement injury prevention measures and understand their rights and responsibilities under the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970. Under President Trump’s Qualified Opportunity Zones Executive Order, OSHA awarded 80 grants to conduct occupational safety and health training in urban and economically distressed areas. The 2020 Harwood grant awards al
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  • U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Awards 15 Million Dollars to Combat the COVID-19 Pandemic in Rural Tribal Communities

    U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Awards $15 Million to Combat the COVID-19 Pandemic in Rural Tribal Communities| site |



    (May 28, 2020) - - The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) published (today) the following information: Today, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) through the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) awarded $15 million to 52 Tribes, Tribal organizations, urban Indian health organizations, and other health services providers to Tribes across 20 states to prepare, prevent, and respond to COVID-19 in rural tribal communities. “President Trump stands with Tribal nations across the country as they grapple with COVID-19 in rural communities,” said HHS Secretary Alex Azar. “Today’s funding gives Tribes critical support to build up their capacity for fighting COVID-19, boost testing capabilities, increase purchases of PPE, and hire and pay the personnel they need.” These awards ...
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  • U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Announces 45-Day Compliance Deadline Extension for Providers

    U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Announces 45-Day Compliance Deadline Extension for Providers| site |



    (May 22, 2020) - - The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) published (today) the following information: Today, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is announcing a 45 day deadline extension for providers who are receiving payments from the Provider Relief Fund to accept the Terms and Conditions for Provider Relief Fund payments. This announcement means providers have now been granted 90 days from the date they received a payment to accept HHS Terms and Conditions or return the funds. HHS, alongside other federal agencies, has been working day and night to support local communities and has taken action to help our healthcare system respond quickly and effectively to this pandemic. The department has kept an open line of communication with our heroic frontline providers and is being responsive to their request for ad...
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    NIH says Study discovers Gene that Helps us Know When it’s Time to Urinate
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    National Institutes of Health says Study discovers Gene that Helps us Know When it’s Time to Urinate | site |




    (October 19, 2020) - - Today, October 19, 2020, the National Institutes of Health (NIH) published the following information:

    In a National Institutes of Health-funded study involving both mice and patients who are part of an NIH Clinical Center trial, researchers discovered that a gene, called PIEZO2, may be responsible for the powerful urge to urinate that we normally feel several times a day. The results, published in Nature, suggest that the gene helps at least two different types of cells in the body sense when our bladders are full and need to be emptied. These results also
    ...
    10-24-2020, 11:27 PM
  • Staff Reporter 1
    HHS Expands Relief Fund Eligibility and Updates Reporting Requirements
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    U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Expands Relief Fund Eligibility and Updates Reporting Requirements | site |




    (October 22, 2020) - - Today, October 22, 2020, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services published the following information: The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), through the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), is announcing the latest Provider Relief Fund (PRF) application period has been expanded to include provider applicants such as residential treatment facilities, chiropractors, and eye and vision providers that have not yet received Provider Relief Fund distributions. On October 1, 2020, HHS announced it would be making up to $20 billion in new Phase 3 General Distribution funding available for providers on the frontlines of the coronavirus pandemic. HHS is also focused on ensuring the safe continuity of all types of health care delivery despite this pandemic. As such, the Adminis...
    10-23-2020, 10:38 AM
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    Veterans Affairs completes Secure Transfer of Veteran Data ahead of new Electronic Health Record Launch
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    Veterans Affairs completes Secure Transfer of Veteran Data ahead of new Electronic Health Record Launch | site |



    VA completes secure transfer of Veteran data ahead of new electronic health record launch


    (October 15, 2020) - - Today, October 15, 2020, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs published the following information:

    WASHINGTON — The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announced today it completed transferring patient data into its new electronic health record (EHR) solution in preparation for the system’s launch in the Pacific Northwest later this month.

    The Oct. 1 migration includes clinical and demographic data for approximately 88,000 Veterans and equips VA health care providers with a longitudinal view of patient information when using the Electronic Health Record Modernization (EHRM) solution at Mann-Grandstaff VA Medical Center (VAMC) in Spokane, Washington. “Giving our VA clinicians quick, secu
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    10-22-2020, 04:33 AM
  • Staff Reporter 1
    Department of Veterans Affairs says Federal Electronic Health Record connects with more Community Partners
    by Staff Reporter 1
    Department of Veterans Affairs says Federal Electronic Health Record connects with more Community Partners | site |


    VA says addition of new health care network enhances patient care


    (October 13, 2020) - - Today, October 13, 2020, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs published the following information:

    WASHINGTON — The Federal Electronic Health Record Modernization (FEHRM) program office announced the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), Department of Defense (DOD) and Department of Homeland Security’s U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) expanded their joint health information exchange (HIE) network with the private sector, Oct. 9, after connecting with the CommonWell Health Alliance. CommonWell brings a nationwide network of more than 15,000 hospitals and clinics to the 46,000 community partners already part of the joint HIE. Launched earlier this year, the joint HIE is a modernized health data sharing capability that enhances the abili...
    10-15-2020, 05:39 AM
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    U.S. Office of Personnel Management Announces 2021 Health, Dental, and Vision Program Premiums
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    U.S. Office of Personnel Management Announces 2021 Health, Dental, and Vision Program Premiums| site |


    (October 14, 2020) - - Today, the U.S. Office of Personnel Management published the following information:

    WASHINGTON, DC – The U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM) announced today that for plan year 2021, the average total premiums for current non-Postal employees and retirees enrolled in plans under the Federal Employees Health Benefits (FEHB) Program will increase 3.6 percent. This year’s increase is lower than last year’s increase.

    This year, OPM has negotiated a new, seven-year contract for the Federal Employees Dental and Vision Insurance Program (FEDVIP). While the majority of current FEDVIP enrollees should not experience a significant increase in premiums, enrollees are encouraged to research the various FEDVIP plans and choose the dental and vision coverage that best fits their needs. “Our team has worked diligently
    ...
    10-14-2020, 10:53 PM

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