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  • Remarks by U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Becerra at the Global COVID-19 Summit

    Remarks by U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Becerra at the Global COVID-19 Summit | site |



    Information contained in U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) press release dated: May 12, 2022

    Xavier Becerra
    May 12, 2022
    Second Global COVID-19 Summit
    Virtual Event


    On Thursday, May 12, 2022, Health and Human Services Secretary Xavier Becerra delivered remarks at the second Global COVID-19 Summit, co-hosted by the United States, Belize, Germany, Indonesia, and Senegal. During the Summit, Secretary Becerra discussed our continued fight against the COVID-19 pandemic—getting shots in arms, enhancing access to tests and treatments, protecting the health workforce, and financing and building health security for future pandemics and other health crises.



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  • U.S. Health and Human Services Announces 5 Million Dollars in Funding to Advance Equity in Cancer Screening at Health Centers

    U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Announces $5 Million in Funding to Advance Equity in Cancer Screening at Health Centers | site |



    This investment supports President Biden’s Cancer Moonshot initiative by promoting early detection and treatment through cancer screening.


    Information contained in U.S. Department of Health and Human Services press release dated: March 11, 2022

    Today, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced the availability of $5 million for community health centers, funded by HHS’s Health Resources and Services Administration, to increase equitable access to life-saving cancer screenings. This funding supports President Joe Biden’s Unity Agenda and his call to action on cancer screening and early detection as part of the Administration’s Cancer Moonshot initiative to end cancer as we know it. “Cancer screening saves lives – and it should be accessib
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  • Health and Human Services Announces 16.3 Million Dollars to Expand Telehealth Care in the Title X Family Planning Program

    U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Announces $16.3 Million to Expand Telehealth Care in the Title X Family Planning Program | site |



    Information contained in U.S. Department of Health and Human Services press release dated: May 10, 2022 The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) awarded $16.3 million in grant funding to support 31 grantees to enhance and expand the telehealth infrastructure and capacity of Title X family planning clinics in 26 states, one U.S. territory, and one freely associated state. Title X is the only federal grant program dedicated solely to providing individuals with comprehensive family planning and related preventive health services in communities across the U.S. HHS used funds made available through the American Rescue Plan (ARP) to award these grants to current Title X family planning grantees for a 12-month project period starting on May 15, 2022. This increased funding is another step...
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  • TMF says Technology Modernization Fund Is Making It Easier and More Secure for Veterans to Access Benefits and Services

    U.S. Technology Modernization Fund says Technology Modernization Fund Is Making It Easier and More Secure for Veterans to Access Benefits and Services | site |



    Latest investment will support the streamlining of Login.gov and identity verification services for Veterans


    Information contained in U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) press release dated: April 19, 2022 Washington - - Today, the U.S. Technology Modernization Fund (TMF) announced its first investment in the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). This American Rescue Plan (ARP)-funded investment will modernize the sign-in experience at VA.gov and MyHealth.VA.gov, allowing eligible Veterans to digitally access benefits and services more reliably, equitably and securely. Using TMF funding and support, this project will take three steps towards the implementation of a single modern, inclusive and easy-to-use sign-in service at VA. ...
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  • U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Announces 226.5 Million Dollars to Launch Community Health Worker Training Program

    U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Announces $226.5 Million to Launch Community Health Worker Training Program | site |


    Information contained in U.S. Department of Health and Human Services press release dated: April 15, 2022 The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), through the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), today announced the availability of $226.5 million in American Rescue Plan funding to launch the Community Health Worker Training Program. This new program will increase the number of community health workers who play a critical role in connecting people to care, including COVID care; mental health and substance use disorder prevention, treatment and recovery services; chronic disease care; and other important health services. “The Biden-Harris Administration is committed to building a robust public health workforce — the first line of defense in preventing disease, ...
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  • Health Resources and Services Administration Announces Availability of New Funding to Support Community-Based Doulas

    Health Resources and Services Administration Announces Availability of New Funding to Support Community-Based Doulas || site |



    Funding will Expand the Community-based Doula Workforce to Help Address Maternal Mortality


    Information contained in U.S. Department of Health and Human Services press release dated: April 1, 2022

    Today, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), through the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), announced the availability of $4.5 million for hiring, training, certifying, and compensating community-based doulas in areas with high rates of adverse maternal and infant health outcomes. This announcement builds on the Biden-Harris Administration’s commitment to reduce maternal mortality and morbidity and address the nation’s Black maternal health crisis. “Every person deserves to have the best support and care during pregnancy,” said HHS Secretary Xavier Becerra. “Today’
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  • Federal Communications Commission expands List of Communications Equipment and Services that pose a Threat to National Security

    Federal Communications Commission expands List of Communications Equipment and Services that pose a Threat to National Security | site |


    Adds AO Kaspersky Lab, China Telecom (Americas) Corp, and China Mobile International USA Inc.


    Information contained in Federal Communication Commission (FCC) press release dated: March 25, 2022 Washington - - March 25, 2022—The Federal Communications Commission’s Public Safety and Homeland Security Bureau today added equipment and services from three entities – AO Kaspersky Lab, China Telecom (Americas) Corp, and China Mobile International USA Inc. – to its list of communications equipment and services that have been deemed a threat to national security, consistent with requirements in the Secure and Trusted Communications Networks Act of 2019. “Last year, for the first time, the FCC published a list of communications equipment and services that pose an unacceptable risk to national security, a...
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  • Federal Reserve Board approves Fee Schedule for Federal Reserve Bank Priced Services

    Federal Reserve Board approves Fee Schedule for Federal Reserve Bank Priced Services | site | (Information contained in Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System press release dated: December 1, 2021) The Federal Reserve Board on Wednesday announced the approval of fee schedules, effective January 3, 2022, for payment services the Federal Reserve Banks provide to depository institutions, known as priced services. Overall, the Reserve Banks estimate that the price changes will result in a 3.7 percent average price increase. Increases in the fee schedule for 2022 are generally similar to previous years, except 2021 where fees other than the Check Services Participation Fee remained flat. The 2022 fee schedule for each of the priced services is available on the Federal Reserve Banks' financial services website at FRBservices.org®. The Reserve Banks project that they will recover 97.1 percent of their priced services costs in 2022. While the Reserve Banks do not expect to ful...
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  • U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Xavier Becerra to Require COVID-19 Vaccinations for HHS Health Care Workforce

    U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Xavier Becerra to Require COVID-19 Vaccinations for HHS Health Care Workforce | site |



    Becerra: ‘Our Number One Goal Is the Health and Safety of the American Public, Including Our Federal Workforce’


    Action Will Impact More Than 25,000 Workers at IHS, NIH, and Members of the U.S. Public Health Service Commissioned Corps


    (Information contained in U.S. Department of Health and Human Services press release dated: August 12, 2021)

    To increase vaccination coverage and protect more people from COVID-19, including the more transmissible Delta variant, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) will require more than 25,000 members of its health care workforce to be vaccinated against COVID-19.




    Secretary Xavier Becerra
    Staff at the Indian Health...
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  • U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Releases Project [email protected] Draft Technical Specification Version 1.0 for Comment

    U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Releases Project [email protected] Draft Technical Specification Version 1.0 for Comment | site |



    (Information contained in U.S. Department of Health and Human Services [HHS] press release dated: June 16, 2021) The Department of Health and Human Services Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) in collaboration with standards development organizations and a broad community of experts today released the Project [email protected] (‘USA’) Draft Technical Specification Version 1.0 for public comment. Project [email protected] was created to develop a unified, cross-standards, healthcare industry-wide specification for representing patient addresses to improve patient matching. “With a clear target and industry-wide commitment, it’s been amazing to see how much progress has been made in six short months,” said Steve Posnack, deputy national coordinator for health information technology. “We reall...
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  • HHS says Biden-Harris Administration Launches Relief Program to Improve Access to Affordable Water Services

    U.S. Department of Health and Human Services says Biden-Harris Administration Launches Relief Program to Improve Access to Affordable Water Services | site |



    HHS says "Bolstered by American Rescue Plan, HHS Announces $166.6 Million in Initial Funding to Advance Environmental Justice in Communities Historically Marginalized and Overburdened by Underinvestment in Access to Water and Wastewater Services"


    (Information contained in U.S. Department of Health and Human Services press release dated: June 2, 2021) Today, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), through the Administration for Children and Families (ACF), announced the official launch of the Low-Income Household Water Assistance Program (LIHWAP). This first-of-its-kind water assistance program will expand access to more affordable water and help low-income households affected by the COVID-19 pandemic pay their water and wastewater bills, avoid shutoffs, and support household w...
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  • U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Announces Additional Biden Administration Staff Appointments

    U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Announces Additional Biden Administration Staff Appointments | site |


    (Information contained in U.S. Department of Health and Human Services press release dated: May 25, 2021) Today, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced additional Biden Administration appointments: “HHS has made incredible progress expanding vaccine access, lowering health care premiums, and leading the advocacy charge for the American Families Plan,” said HHS Chief of Staff Sean McCluskie. “Our growing team reflects our commitment to continue fighting for the health of this country during a time of great need and even greater opportunity.” These new appointees join tens of thousands of career officials throughout the agency, whose expertise is critical for tackling the ongoing COVID-19 public health crisis, implementing the American Rescue Plan, ensuring Americans have access to quality and affordable health care, strengt...
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  • CMS Encourages Companies to Promote Quality, Affordable Health Coverage for Gig Workers

    Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services Encourages Companies to Promote Quality, Affordable Health Coverage for Gig Workers | site |


    (Information contained in Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services press release dated: May 26, 2021) The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is encouraging online platform companies to share information with gig workers on their ability to enroll in affordable, quality, health coverage during the 2021 Marketplace Special Enrollment Period (SEP). Digital platforms – including Delivery Drivers, Inc., DoorDash, Lyft, Postmates, StyleSeat, Uber, and Wonolo – are participating in “Gig Workers’ Week of Action” to promote Marketplace healthcare plans to their workforces. Workers in the U.S., including those working with gig companies following COVID-19 related unemployment, may now be eligible for reduced premiums and increased savings for health insurance coverage on HealthCare.gov. Under the American Rescue...
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  • U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Announces 3 Billion Dollars in American Rescue Plan Funding for SAMHSA Block Grants to Address Addiction, Mental Health Crisis

    U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Announces $3 Billion in American Rescue Plan Funding for SAMHSA Block Grants to Address Addiction, Mental Health Crisis | site |


    HHS Secretary Becerra forms new Behavioral Health Coordinating Council


    (Information contained in U.S. Department of Health and Human Services [HHS] press release dated: May 18, 2021) The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) is distributing $3 billion in American Rescue Plan funding — the largest aggregate amount of funding to date for its mental health and substance use block grant programs. The Community Mental Health Services Block Grant (MHBG) Program and Substance Abuse Prevention and Treatment Block Grant Program (SABG) will disperse $1.5 billion each to states and territories (with the latter also awarding money to a tribe). This follows the March announcement of supplemental funding of nearly $2.5 billion ...
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    Remarks by U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Becerra at the Global COVID-19 Summit
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    Remarks by U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Becerra at the Global COVID-19 Summit | site |



    Information contained in U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) press release dated: May 12, 2022

    Xavier Becerra
    May 12, 2022
    Second Global COVID-19 Summit
    Virtual Event


    On Thursday, May 12, 2022, Health and Human Services Secretary Xavier Becerra delivered remarks at the second Global COVID-19 Summit, co-hosted by the United States, Belize, Germany, Indonesia, and Senegal. During the Summit, Secretary Becerra discussed our continued fight against the COVID-19 pandemic—getting shots in arms, enhancing access to tests and treatments, protecting the health workforce, and financing and building health security for future pandemics and other health crises.



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    05-17-2022, 03:47 AM
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    U.S. Health and Human Services Announces 5 Million Dollars in Funding to Advance Equity in Cancer Screening at Health Centers
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    U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Announces $5 Million in Funding to Advance Equity in Cancer Screening at Health Centers | site |



    This investment supports President Biden’s Cancer Moonshot initiative by promoting early detection and treatment through cancer screening.


    Information contained in U.S. Department of Health and Human Services press release dated: March 11, 2022

    Today, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced the availability of $5 million for community health centers, funded by HHS’s Health Resources and Services Administration, to increase equitable access to life-saving cancer screenings. This funding supports President Joe Biden’s Unity Agenda and his call to action on cancer screening and early detection as part of the Administration’s Cancer Moonshot initiative to end cancer as we know it. “Cancer screening saves lives – and it should be accessib
    ...
    05-13-2022, 10:10 PM
  • Staff Reporter 1
    Health and Human Services Announces 16.3 Million Dollars to Expand Telehealth Care in the Title X Family Planning Program
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    U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Announces $16.3 Million to Expand Telehealth Care in the Title X Family Planning Program | site |



    Information contained in U.S. Department of Health and Human Services press release dated: May 10, 2022 The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) awarded $16.3 million in grant funding to support 31 grantees to enhance and expand the telehealth infrastructure and capacity of Title X family planning clinics in 26 states, one U.S. territory, and one freely associated state. Title X is the only federal grant program dedicated solely to providing individuals with comprehensive family planning and related preventive health services in communities across the U.S. HHS used funds made available through the American Rescue Plan (ARP) to award these grants to current Title X family planning grantees for a 12-month project period starting on May 15, 2022. This increased funding is another step...
    05-11-2022, 04:40 PM
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    TMF says Technology Modernization Fund Is Making It Easier and More Secure for Veterans to Access Benefits and Services
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    U.S. Technology Modernization Fund says Technology Modernization Fund Is Making It Easier and More Secure for Veterans to Access Benefits and Services | site |



    Latest investment will support the streamlining of Login.gov and identity verification services for Veterans


    Information contained in U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) press release dated: April 19, 2022 Washington - - Today, the U.S. Technology Modernization Fund (TMF) announced its first investment in the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). This American Rescue Plan (ARP)-funded investment will modernize the sign-in experience at VA.gov and MyHealth.VA.gov, allowing eligible Veterans to digitally access benefits and services more reliably, equitably and securely. Using TMF funding and support, this project will take three steps towards the implementation of a single modern, inclusive and easy-to-use sign-in service at VA. ...
    04-29-2022, 10:21 PM
  • Staff Reporter 1
    U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Announces 226.5 Million Dollars to Launch Community Health Worker Training Program
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    U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Announces $226.5 Million to Launch Community Health Worker Training Program | site |


    Information contained in U.S. Department of Health and Human Services press release dated: April 15, 2022 The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), through the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), today announced the availability of $226.5 million in American Rescue Plan funding to launch the Community Health Worker Training Program. This new program will increase the number of community health workers who play a critical role in connecting people to care, including COVID care; mental health and substance use disorder prevention, treatment and recovery services; chronic disease care; and other important health services. “The Biden-Harris Administration is committed to building a robust public health workforce — the first line of defense in preventing disease, ...
    04-16-2022, 04:09 PM
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    Health Resources and Services Administration Announces Availability of New Funding to Support Community-Based Doulas
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    Health Resources and Services Administration Announces Availability of New Funding to Support Community-Based Doulas || site |



    Funding will Expand the Community-based Doula Workforce to Help Address Maternal Mortality


    Information contained in U.S. Department of Health and Human Services press release dated: April 1, 2022

    Today, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), through the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), announced the availability of $4.5 million for hiring, training, certifying, and compensating community-based doulas in areas with high rates of adverse maternal and infant health outcomes. This announcement builds on the Biden-Harris Administration’s commitment to reduce maternal mortality and morbidity and address the nation’s Black maternal health crisis. “Every person deserves to have the best support and care during pregnancy,” said HHS Secretary Xavier Becerra. “Today’
    ...
    04-04-2022, 11:46 PM
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    Federal Communications Commission expands List of Communications Equipment and Services that pose a Threat to National Security
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    Federal Communications Commission expands List of Communications Equipment and Services that pose a Threat to National Security | site |


    Adds AO Kaspersky Lab, China Telecom (Americas) Corp, and China Mobile International USA Inc.


    Information contained in Federal Communication Commission (FCC) press release dated: March 25, 2022 Washington - - March 25, 2022—The Federal Communications Commission’s Public Safety and Homeland Security Bureau today added equipment and services from three entities – AO Kaspersky Lab, China Telecom (Americas) Corp, and China Mobile International USA Inc. – to its list of communications equipment and services that have been deemed a threat to national security, consistent with requirements in the Secure and Trusted Communications Networks Act of 2019. “Last year, for the first time, the FCC published a list of communications equipment and services that pose an unacceptable risk to national security, a...
    04-02-2022, 10:49 PM
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    Federal Reserve Board approves Fee Schedule for Federal Reserve Bank Priced Services
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    Federal Reserve Board approves Fee Schedule for Federal Reserve Bank Priced Services | site | (Information contained in Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System press release dated: December 1, 2021) The Federal Reserve Board on Wednesday announced the approval of fee schedules, effective January 3, 2022, for payment services the Federal Reserve Banks provide to depository institutions, known as priced services. Overall, the Reserve Banks estimate that the price changes will result in a 3.7 percent average price increase. Increases in the fee schedule for 2022 are generally similar to previous years, except 2021 where fees other than the Check Services Participation Fee remained flat. The 2022 fee schedule for each of the priced services is available on the Federal Reserve Banks' financial services website at FRBservices.org®. The Reserve Banks project that they will recover 97.1 percent of their priced services costs in 2022. While the Reserve Banks do not expect to ful...
    12-04-2021, 10:28 PM
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    U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Xavier Becerra to Require COVID-19 Vaccinations for HHS Health Care Workforce
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    U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Xavier Becerra to Require COVID-19 Vaccinations for HHS Health Care Workforce | site |



    Becerra: ‘Our Number One Goal Is the Health and Safety of the American Public, Including Our Federal Workforce’


    Action Will Impact More Than 25,000 Workers at IHS, NIH, and Members of the U.S. Public Health Service Commissioned Corps


    (Information contained in U.S. Department of Health and Human Services press release dated: August 12, 2021)

    To increase vaccination coverage and protect more people from COVID-19, including the more transmissible Delta variant, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) will require more than 25,000 members of its health care workforce to be vaccinated against COVID-19.




    Secretary Xavier Becerra
    Staff at the Indian Health...
    08-13-2021, 05:47 PM
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    U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Releases Project [email protected] Draft Technical Specification Version 1.0 for Comment
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    U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Releases Project [email protected] Draft Technical Specification Version 1.0 for Comment | site |



    (Information contained in U.S. Department of Health and Human Services [HHS] press release dated: June 16, 2021) The Department of Health and Human Services Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) in collaboration with standards development organizations and a broad community of experts today released the Project [email protected] (‘USA’) Draft Technical Specification Version 1.0 for public comment. Project [email protected] was created to develop a unified, cross-standards, healthcare industry-wide specification for representing patient addresses to improve patient matching. “With a clear target and industry-wide commitment, it’s been amazing to see how much progress has been made in six short months,” said Steve Posnack, deputy national coordinator for health information technology. “We reall...
    06-18-2021, 01:12 AM
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    HHS says Biden-Harris Administration Launches Relief Program to Improve Access to Affordable Water Services
    by Staff Reporter 1
    U.S. Department of Health and Human Services says Biden-Harris Administration Launches Relief Program to Improve Access to Affordable Water Services | site |



    HHS says "Bolstered by American Rescue Plan, HHS Announces $166.6 Million in Initial Funding to Advance Environmental Justice in Communities Historically Marginalized and Overburdened by Underinvestment in Access to Water and Wastewater Services"


    (Information contained in U.S. Department of Health and Human Services press release dated: June 2, 2021) Today, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), through the Administration for Children and Families (ACF), announced the official launch of the Low-Income Household Water Assistance Program (LIHWAP). This first-of-its-kind water assistance program will expand access to more affordable water and help low-income households affected by the COVID-19 pandemic pay their water and wastewater bills, avoid shutoffs, and support household w...
    06-08-2021, 10:46 PM
  • Staff Reporter 1
    U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Announces Additional Biden Administration Staff Appointments
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    U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Announces Additional Biden Administration Staff Appointments | site |


    (Information contained in U.S. Department of Health and Human Services press release dated: May 25, 2021) Today, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced additional Biden Administration appointments: “HHS has made incredible progress expanding vaccine access, lowering health care premiums, and leading the advocacy charge for the American Families Plan,” said HHS Chief of Staff Sean McCluskie. “Our growing team reflects our commitment to continue fighting for the health of this country during a time of great need and even greater opportunity.” These new appointees join tens of thousands of career officials throughout the agency, whose expertise is critical for tackling the ongoing COVID-19 public health crisis, implementing the American Rescue Plan, ensuring Americans have access to quality and affordable health care, strengt...
    05-28-2021, 02:48 AM
  • Staff Reporter 1
    CMS Encourages Companies to Promote Quality, Affordable Health Coverage for Gig Workers
    by Staff Reporter 1
    Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services Encourages Companies to Promote Quality, Affordable Health Coverage for Gig Workers | site |


    (Information contained in Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services press release dated: May 26, 2021) The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is encouraging online platform companies to share information with gig workers on their ability to enroll in affordable, quality, health coverage during the 2021 Marketplace Special Enrollment Period (SEP). Digital platforms – including Delivery Drivers, Inc., DoorDash, Lyft, Postmates, StyleSeat, Uber, and Wonolo – are participating in “Gig Workers’ Week of Action” to promote Marketplace healthcare plans to their workforces. Workers in the U.S., including those working with gig companies following COVID-19 related unemployment, may now be eligible for reduced premiums and increased savings for health insurance coverage on HealthCare.gov. Under the American Rescue...
    05-27-2021, 11:21 AM
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    U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Announces 3 Billion Dollars in American Rescue Plan Funding for SAMHSA Block Grants to Address Addiction, Mental Health Crisis
    by Staff Reporter 1
    U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Announces $3 Billion in American Rescue Plan Funding for SAMHSA Block Grants to Address Addiction, Mental Health Crisis | site |


    HHS Secretary Becerra forms new Behavioral Health Coordinating Council


    (Information contained in U.S. Department of Health and Human Services [HHS] press release dated: May 18, 2021) The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) is distributing $3 billion in American Rescue Plan funding — the largest aggregate amount of funding to date for its mental health and substance use block grant programs. The Community Mental Health Services Block Grant (MHBG) Program and Substance Abuse Prevention and Treatment Block Grant Program (SABG) will disperse $1.5 billion each to states and territories (with the latter also awarding money to a tribe). This follows the March announcement of supplemental funding of nearly $2.5 billion ...
    05-18-2021, 05:22 PM
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    U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Becerra Statement on Visit to Emergency Intake Site in Long Beach, California
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    U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Becerra Statement on Visit to Emergency Intake Site in Long Beach, California | site |



    (Information contained in U.S. Department of Health and Human Services [HHS] press release dated: May 13, 2021) “Providing unaccompanied children a safe, healthy place is both our legal and moral obligation. That’s why today I visited the Long Beach Convention Center, an Emergency Intake Site that HHS launched three weeks ago, which has a potential capacity of 1,000 beds to help us meet the influx of arrivals. Our federal volunteers and the many staff members here today are working tirelessly to care for the children as we move to safely unite them with their parents or legal sponsors. While we have more work to do to meet the influx of arrivals and tackle the challenges this Administration inherited, we are making important strides. Last month, we doubled our capacity at shelters by adding more than 14,...
    05-15-2021, 03:20 PM
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    CMS Issues Guidance on American Rescue Plan Funding for Medicaid Home and Community Based Services
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    Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services Issues Guidance on American Rescue Plan Funding for Medicaid Home and Community Based Services | site |



    Guidance Helps States Access Additional Federal Funds for Critical Services Supporting Older Adults and Individuals with Disabilities


    (Information contained in U.S. Department of Health and Human Services [HHS] press release dated: May 13, 2021) The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is issuing guidance on how states can receive enhanced funding, provided through the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 (ARP), to increase access to home and community based services (HCBS) for Medicaid beneficiaries. These benefits provide critical services to millions of older adults and individuals with disabilities, allowing them to receive health services in their homes and communities, rather than in nursing homes and other institutions. Today’s guidance is a key tool to assist s...
    05-13-2021, 11:02 PM
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    U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Statement on the Swearing-In of Andrea Palm as Deputy Secretary of Health and Human Services
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    U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Statement on the Swearing-In of Andrea Palm as Deputy Secretary of Health and Human Services | site |



    (Information contained in U.S. Department of Health and Human Services [HHS] press release dated: May 12, 2021) Today, following a bipartisan confirmation by the U.S. Senate, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Xavier Becerra formally swore in Andrea Palm as Deputy Secretary. Palm previously served as the Secretary-designee of Wisconsin’s Department of Health Services and in several leadership roles at HHS during the Obama-Biden Administration. “I want to congratulate Andrea Palm, a lifelong public servant, for her bipartisan confirmation to serve as Deputy Secretary of Health and Human Services,” said HHS Secretary Xavier Becerra. “We are elated to have her join the HHS team. As a veteran of the Obama-Biden Administration and as the former top health official in Wisc...
    05-13-2021, 05:41 AM
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    U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Announces Prohibition on Sex Discrimination Includes Discrimination on the Basis of Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity
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    U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Announces Prohibition on Sex Discrimination Includes Discrimination on the Basis of Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity | site |



    U.S. Department of Health and Human Services says its Office for Civil Rights to Enforce Prohibitions on Sex Discrimination in Line with Supreme Court Decision


    (Information contained in U.S. Department of Health and Human Services [HHS] press release dated: May 10, 2021) Washington D.C. - - Today, the Department of Health and Human Services announced that the Office for Civil Rights will interpret and enforce Section 1557 and Title IX’s prohibitions on discrimination based on sex to include: (1) discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation; and (2) discrimination on the basis of gender identity. Section 1557 prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age, or disability in covered health programs or activiti...
    05-10-2021, 05:53 PM
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    Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services Increases Medicare Payment for COVID-19 Monoclonal Antibody Infusions
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    Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services Increases Medicare Payment for COVID-19 Monoclonal Antibody Infusions | site |


    New payment policy for at-home administration


    (Information contained in Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services press release dated: May 6, 2021) As part of the ongoing response to address the COVID-19 pandemic, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has increased the Medicare payment rate for administering monoclonal antibodies to treat beneficiaries with COVID-19, continuing coverage under the Medicare Part B COVID-19 vaccine benefit. Beneficiaries pay nothing out of pocket, regardless of where the service is furnished – including in a physician’s office, healthcare facility or at home. Effective today, the national average payment rate will increase from $310 to $450 for most health care settings. In support of providers’ efforts to prevent the spread of COVID-19, CMS will also establish...
    05-06-2021, 09:28 PM
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    U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Announces Additional Biden Administration Staff Appointments
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    U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Announces Additional Biden Administration Staff Appointments | site |


    (Information contained in U.S. Department of Health and Human Services press release dated: April 27, 2021) Today, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced additional Biden Administration appointments: "The growing team at HHS is working tirelessly to end the COVID-19 pandemic and expand access to health care through President Biden's American Rescue Plan," said HHS Chief of Staff Sean McCluskie. "These appointees, under the leadership of Secretary Xavier Becerra, bring diversity and years of experience to the crucial mission of ensuring Americans' health and wellbeing." These new appointees join tens of thousands of career officials throughout the agency, whose expertise is critical for tackling the ongoing COVID-19 public health crisis, implementing the American Rescue Plan, ensuring Americans have access to quality an...
    04-29-2021, 11:15 PM
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    GSA Launches Updated Regulations.gov to Improve the Integrity of Public Commenting
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    U.S. General Services Administration launches Updated Regulations.gov to Improve the Integrity of Public Commenting | site |



    Site enhancements maximize operability and speed, supporting a consistent, high-quality user experience


    (Information contained in U.S. General Services Administration [GSA] press release dated: February 17, 2021)

    Washington - - The U.S. General Services Administration today announced a new version of Regulations.gov launching February 18, 2021. Regulations.gov is a federal shared service that provides the public with one-stop access to regulatory and deregulatory actions for over 200 federal agencies, including the ability to electronically submit comments. “GSA’s goal is to make it easier for the public to participate in the regulatory process,” said Office of Government-wide Policy Associate Administrator Krystal Brumfield. “The new Regulations.gov re-envisions the public site, with
    ...
    03-08-2021, 01:51 AM
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    U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Announces Additional Biden-Harris Administration Staff Appointments
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    U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Announces Additional Biden-Harris Administration Staff Appointments | site |



    (Information contained in U.S. Department of Health and Human Services press release dated: March 2, 2021) Today, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced additional Biden-Harris Administration appointments, building on an experienced team committed to President Biden’s mission to end the COVID-19 pandemic, expand affordable health care, and advance equity. “President Biden’s team at HHS is growing quickly and continues to work tirelessly to end the COVID pandemic and address our many health challenges,” said HHS Chief of Staff Sean McCluskie. “Our appointees will work hand-in-hand with our dedicated team of career officials throughout HHS to protect and expand quality, affordable care to all Americans.” These new appointees join tens of thousands of career officials throughout the agency, wh...
    03-05-2021, 05:39 PM
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    GSA Names Key Positions in Leadership Roster Bringing in Congressional, State, and Local Government Experience
    by Staff Reporter 1
    U.S. General Services Administration Names Key Positions in Leadership Roster Bringing in Congressional, State, and Local Government Experience | site |



    (Information contained in U.S. General Services Administration [GSA] press release dated: February 16, 2021)

    Washington - - Today, the U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) announced the appointments of four key roles. These new appointees are:
    • Exodie Roe III, Associate Administrator, Office of Small and Disadvantaged Business Utilization
    • Roberto Rosas, Policy Advisor, Office of Congressional and Intergovernmental Affairs
    • Venecia Fernandez, Policy Advisor, Office of Congressional and Intergovernmental Affairs
    • LeJamiel Goodall, Senior Advisor to the Deputy Administrator
    • Laila ElGohary, White House Liaison
    “We are thrilled to have Exodie Roe III on board. His team will partner with the Federal Acquisition Service and the Public Buildings Service to broaden diversity, equity,...
    02-25-2021, 11:22 PM
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    Centers For Medicare and Medicaid Services Offers Comprehensive Support to the State of Texas to Combat Winter Storm
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    Centers For Medicare and Medicaid Services Offers Comprehensive Support to the State of Texas to Combat Winter Storm | site |



    (Information contained in Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services [CMS] press release dated: February 22, 2021)

    The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced today that efforts are underway to support Texas in response to severe winter storms that have affected the state over the past several days. On February 17, 2021, Health and Human Services Acting Secretary Norris Cochran declared a public health emergency (PHE) for Texas retroactive to February 11, 2021. CMS is working to ensure hospitals and other facilities can continue operations and provide access to care despite the effects of the storm.

    Below are key administrative actions CMS is taking in response to the PHE declared in Texas:

    Waivers and Flexibilities for Hospitals and other Healthcare Facilities: CMS has
    ...
    02-25-2021, 04:14 AM
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    CMS says it Puts Patients Over Paperwork with New Rule that Addresses the Prior Authorization Process
    by Staff Reporter 1
    Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services says it puts Patients Over Paperwork with New Rule that Addresses the Prior Authorization Process | site |



    (Information contained in Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services press release dated: January 15, 2021) Today, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) finalized a signature accomplishment of the new Office of Burden Reduction & Health Informatics (OBRHI). This final rule builds on the efforts to drive interoperability, empower patients, and reduce costs and burden in the healthcare market by promoting secure electronic access to health data in new and innovative ways. These significant changes include allowing certain payers, providers and patients to have electronic access to pending and active prior authorization decisions, which should result in fewer repeated requests for prior authorizations, reducing costs and onerous administrative burden to our frontline providers. This final rule ...
    01-18-2021, 11:17 PM
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    U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to Lead Federal Grants Management Innovations and Efficiencies
    by Staff Reporter 1
    U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to Lead Federal Grants Management Innovations and Efficiencies | site |



    (Information contained in U.S. Department of Health and Human Services press release: January 11, 2021)

    The Office of Management and Budget (OMB) today formally designated the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) as a Quality Service Management Office (QSMO) for grants to lead efforts to transform the Federal grants management process end-to-end. With this designation, the Grants QSMO will drive standardization and modernization of systems to increase efficiency and reduce burden for grant applicants and recipients and for the federal workforce government-wide. “The designation of HHS as the Grants QSMO affirms the long-standing role of HHS as the largest grant-making agency and leader in improving grants management. We look forward to working across the stakeholder community of awarding agencies, service pro...
    01-11-2021, 04:15 PM
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    U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Continues Community Based Testing Sites for COVID-19
    by Staff Reporter 1
    U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Continues Community Based Testing Sites for COVID-19 | site |


    (Information contained in U.S. Department of Health and Human Services press release dated: January 7, 2021) Today, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced the extension of the Community Based Testing Site program for COVID-19 testing, through partnership with national pharmacy and retail chains CVS, Rite-Aid, Walgreens, Quest (through services at Walmart) and service provider eTrueNorth (through services at Health Mart and Topco locations). The partnership has resulted in establishing more than 3,300 COVID-19 testing locations in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico. To date, more than 5.6 million tests have been conducted as a result of this partnership. The Community Based Testing Site program began in the spring of 2020 and includes a large percentage - over 70% - of testing sites located in communities ...
    01-07-2021, 04:34 PM
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    U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Announces 22 Billion Dollars in Funding to Support Expanded Testing, Vaccination Distribution
    by Staff Reporter 1
    U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Announces $22 Billion in Funding to Support Expanded Testing, Vaccination Distribution | site |


    (Information contained in U.S. Department of Health and Human Services press release: January 6, 2021)

    The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) today announced two upcoming actions by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to provide more than $22 billion in funding to states, localities, and territories in support of the nation's response to the COVID-19 pandemic, as directed by the Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act.

    Funding will provide critical support for testing and vaccination-related activities to jurisdictions before January 19, 2021:
    • More than $19 billion will be allocated to jurisdictions through the existing CDC Epidemiology and Laboratory Capacity (ELC) cooperative agreement. These awards will support testing, contract tracing, surveillance,
    ...
    01-07-2021, 04:30 AM
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    U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs publishes Final Regulation to Improve Delivery of Prosthetic and Sensory Aids Services
    by Staff Reporter 1
    U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs publishes Final Regulation to Improve Delivery of Prosthetic and Sensory Aids Services | site |


    (Information contained in U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs press release dated: January 5, 2021)

    Washington - - The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) recently published a final rule to establish and clarify eligibility for prosthetic and rehabilitative items and services available to Veterans. This establishes for the first time, the nationwide categories of prosthetic and orthotic services, sensory aids and medical devices VA is authorized to provide to Veterans as part of their active treatment and ongoing rehabilitation. Previously, these categories varied across VA medical centers. “The rule establishes a uniform approach for VA to deliver prosthetic items and services to Veterans,” said VA Secretary Robert Wilkie. “It ensures Veterans receive the same standard of service for the rehabilitative devices they
    ...
    01-05-2021, 11:58 PM
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    DHS Warns American Businesses about Data Services and Equipment from Firms Linked to Chinese Government
    by Staff Reporter 1
    U.S. Department of Homeland Security Warns American Businesses about Data Services and Equipment from Firms Linked to Chinese Government | site |


    (Information contained in U.S. Department of Homeland Security [DHS] press release dated: December 22, 2020) Today, the Department of Homeland Security issued a business advisory to American businesses warning of risks associated with the use of data services and equipment from firms linked to the People’s Republic of China (PRC). The PRC presents a grave threat to the data security of the U.S. government and U.S. businesses. It has both the intent and ability to covertly access data directly through entities under the influence or jurisdiction of PRC laws, often without the knowledge or consent of the non-PRC businesses or institutions that maintain rights to the data. “For too long, U.S. networks and data have been exposed to cyber threats based in China which are using that data to give Chinese firms an ...
    12-26-2020, 09:17 PM
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    U.S. Department of Health and Human Services publishes Statements on FDA Authorization of Moderna Vaccine
    by Staff Reporter 1
    U.S. Department of Health and Human Services publishes Statements on FDA Authorization of Moderna Vaccine | site |



    (The following information was contained in a U.S. Department of Health and Human Services [HHS] press release dated: December 18, 2020)



    HHS and DoD Statements on FDA Authorization of Moderna Vaccine



    On Friday, the Food and Drug Administration announced that it had issued an Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) for Moderna’s COVID-19 vaccine, the second COVID-19 vaccine to receive an EUA. Operation Warp Speed has allocated more than 5.9 million doses of the vaccine for jurisdictions to receive in the coming week. Below are statements from HHS Secretary Alex Azar and Acting Defense Secretary Christopher Miller. “On January 7, before China had reported even one death from the novel coronavirus or confirmed human-to-human transmission, NIH scientists and innovators at Moderna agreed to b...
    12-22-2020, 12:14 PM
  • Staff Reporter 1
    Statement published by HHS on FDA Emergency Use Authorization of a COVID-19 Vaccine Candidate
    by Staff Reporter 1
    Statement published by U.S. Department of Health and Human Services on FDA Emergency Use Authorization of a COVID-19 Vaccine Candidate | site |


    (Information contained in U.S. Department of Health and Human Services [HHS] press release dated: December 11, 2020) Today the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued an Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) to Pfizer for its COVID-19 vaccine, the first authorization for a COVID-19 vaccine in the United States. Operation Warp Speed and private sector partners now begin distributing the first allocation of doses to sites designated by the public health jurisdictions and five federal agencies with which OWS and CDC have been working to plan distribution. HHS Secretary Alex Azar and Acting Secretary of Defense Christopher C. Miller released the following statements: “It is nothing short of a medical miracle to have FDA authorization of a vaccine for COVID-19 just over 11 months since the virus was made known to the w...
    12-12-2020, 12:08 AM
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    U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Publishes COVID-19 Hospital Facility-Level Data
    by Staff Reporter 1
    U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Publishes COVID-19 Hospital Facility-Level Data | site |




    (Information contained in U.S. Department of Health and Human Services press release: December 7, 2020)

    Today, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is releasing new hospital COVID-19 capacity data at the facility level. Previously released data about hospital capacity that had been released was aggregated at the state level. This new, more granular, data release aggregates daily hospital reports into a "week at a time" picture to protect patient privacy, while providing a view of how COVID-19 is impacting hospitals and local communities across the country. With this data release, how hospitals are impacted by COVID-19 will be shown on a per-hospital basis, allowing researchers, policy makers, and others to have greater insights into local COVID-19 response efforts. This time series data will update weekly, going back to Aug...
    12-07-2020, 08:56 PM
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    HHS says Tribal Health Programs and Urban Indian Organizations Choose How They Will Access the COVID-19 Vaccine
    by Staff Reporter 1
    U.S. Department of Health and Human Services says Tribal Health Programs and Urban Indian Organizations Choose How They Will Access the COVID-19 Vaccine | site |


    (Information contained in U.S. Department of Health and Human Services [HHS] press release: December 1, 2020) The Department of Health and Human Services is laying the necessary groundwork for the distribution of a safe and effective COVID-19 vaccine by ensuring that all tribal health programs and urban Indian organizations have the choice on how they receive the COVID-19 vaccine. Today, HHS is announcing that all tribal health programs and UIOs have chosen their preferred method for receiving the vaccine. Tribal health programs and UIOs had the option of receiving the vaccine either through the Indian Health Service or their respective state. Once available, COVID-19 vaccines will be allocated to jurisdictions, including the IHS, who will then distribute to tribal health programs and UIOs. “By offeri...
    12-01-2020, 08:47 PM
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    Statement from HHS Chief of Staff Brian Harrison on Efforts to Increase Transparency at HHS
    by Staff Reporter 1
    Statement from U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Chief of Staff Brian Harrison on Efforts to Increase Transparency at HHS | site |


    (Information contained in U.S. Department of Health and Human Services press release: November 24, 2020)

    Today, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) through a Notice published in the Federal Register announced a policy to enhance transparency at HHS by requiring that all assumptions, working papers, models, and other information used as part of any impact analysis associated with a rule or demonstration project are shared at the time the results of that analysis are publicly disclosed. HHS Chief of Staff Brian Harrison issued the following statement:

    “We are providing needed transparency by requiring the Department to show its math so the American people can know and challenge the methods government uses to calculate effects of regulations it imposes on them.”

    Frequently
    ...
    11-24-2020, 03:24 PM
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    HHS Launches Pilot Program of Fast Molecular POC Test for COVID-19
    by Staff Reporter 1
    U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Launches Pilot Program of Fast Molecular POC Test for COVID-19 | site |


    HHS says Alaska, Florida, Louisiana, New Jersey, and Texas Receive First Shipments of Test Used in NBA Bubble


    (Information contained in HHS press release: November 19, 2020) The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has launched a pilot program with five states to use portable, cartridge-based COVID-19 molecular test kits that provide rapid results. The pilot program will assess how to best integrate diagnostic technology developed by Cue Health, Inc., into strategies for disease surveillance and infection control in institutions such as nursing homes. Used successfully as the primary molecular point-of-care (POC) test to control the spread of COVID-19 within in the National Basketball Association “bubble,” as well as by leading healthcare providers in the U.S., the nasal swab POC test generates results in ab...
    11-19-2020, 11:02 PM
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    Federal Reserve Board approves Fee Schedule for Federal Reserve Bank Priced Services
    by Staff Reporter 1
    Federal Reserve Board approves Fee Schedule for Federal Reserve Bank Priced Services | site |


    (November 10, 2020) - - Today the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System published the following information: The Federal Reserve Board on Tuesday announced the approval of fee schedules, effective January 4, 2021, for payment services the Federal Reserve Banks provide to depository institutions (priced services). The Reserve Banks project that they will recover 98.7 percent of their priced services costs in 2021. The Reserve Banks will maintain the current schedule of prices for payment services provided to depository institutions (priced services) in 2021, with the exception of a modification to the Check Services participation fee. While the Reserve Banks do not expect to recover fully actual and imputed expenses, including profit that would have been earned if a private-sector firm provided the services, in 2021, they do expect to recover fully expenses over the...
    11-10-2020, 07:48 PM
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    HHS allocates Lilly therapeutic to treat Patients with Mild to Moderate COVID-19
    by Staff Reporter 1
    U.S. Department of Health and Human Services allocates Lilly therapeutic to treat Patients with Mild to Moderate COVID-19 | site |




    (November 10, 2020) - - Today the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) published the following information:

    The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services today announced plans to allocate initial doses of Eli Lilly and Company’s investigational monoclonal antibody therapeutic, bamlanivimab, which received emergency use authorization from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration November 9 for the treatment of non-hospitalized patients with mild or moderate confirmed cases of COVID-19.

    On October 28, the federal government announced a purchase of 300,000 doses of bamlanivimab. HHS will allocate these doses to state and territorial health departments which, in turn, will determine which healthcare facilities receive the infusion drug. The federal government can purchase up to 650,000 additional
    ...
    11-10-2020, 03:48 PM
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    CMS’ New One-Stop Nursing Home Resource Center Assists Providers, Caregivers, Residents
    by Staff Reporter 1
    Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services New One-Stop Nursing Home Resource Center Assists Providers, Caregivers, Residents | site |


    (October 30, 2020) - - The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services published today, October 30, 2020, the following information: Today, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) launched a new online platform - the Nursing Home Resource Center - to serve as a centralized hub bringing together the latest information, guidance and data on nursing homes that is important to facilities, frontline providers, residents and their families, especially as the fight against coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) continues. Previously, individuals seeking information specific to nursing homes needed to navigate to several disparate webpages and spent valuable time looking for answers. With the onset of the COVID-19 Public Health Emergency (PHE), quick access to up-to-date information and resources, including the 24 guidance documents r...
    10-31-2020, 03:27 AM
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    FCC Reaffirms Successful Light-touch Regulatory Framework for Broadband Services
    by Staff Reporter 1
    Federal Communications Commission Reaffirms Successful Light-touch Regulatory Framework for Broadband Services | site |



    After Court Upheld Vast Majority of Restoring Internet Freedom Order, FCC Reviews Three Remanded Issues and Finds No Basis to Change Its Approach


    (October 27, 2020) - - Today, October 27, 2020, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) published the following information:

    WASHINGTON, October 27, 2020—The Federal Communications Commission today adopted an Order on Remand in response to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit’s remand of three discrete issues for further consideration by the FCC regarding its 2017 Restoring Internet Freedom Order. The court’s October 2019 ruling in Mozilla Corp. v. FCC affirmed the FCC’s decision to end its brief foray into heavy-handed utility-style regulation of the Internet under rules designed in the 1930s for the Ma Bell telephone monopoly and to restore the light-touch...
    10-27-2020, 03:10 PM
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    HHS Expands Relief Fund Eligibility and Updates Reporting Requirements
    by Staff Reporter 1
    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, 05:38 AM
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    Trump Administration Drives Telehealth Services in Medicaid and Medicare
    by Staff Reporter 1
    Trump Administration Drives Telehealth Services in Medicaid and Medicare | site |


    (October 14, 2020) - - The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services published today, October 14, 2020, the following information: Today, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) expanded the list of telehealth services that Medicare Fee-For-Service will pay for during the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) Public Health Emergency (PHE). CMS is also providing additional support to state Medicaid and Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) agencies in their efforts to expand access to telehealth. The actions reinforce President Trump’s Executive Order on Improving Rural Health and Telehealth Access to improve the health of all Americans by increasing access to better care. “Responding to President Trump’s Executive Order, CMS is taking action to increase telehealth adoption across the country,” said CMS Administrator Seema Verma. “Medicaid patients should not be ...
    10-16-2020, 09:06 PM
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    Location of U.S. Government Services and Information Website
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    Location of U.S. Government Services and Information Website | site |





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    U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services Azar Statement on Mental Health Executive Order
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    (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...
    10-08-2020, 07:12 PM
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    U.S. General Services Administration and U.S. Department of Energy issue RFI for Resource-Efficient Technologies
    by Staff Reporter 1
    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...
    10-07-2020, 10:29 PM
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    Health Resources and Services Administration - - HRSA
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    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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    10-06-2020, 03:47 PM
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    U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services Updates COVID-19 Testing Methodology for Nursing Homes
    by Staff Reporter 1
    U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services Updates COVID-19 Testing Methodology for Nursing Homes | site |



    (September 29, 2020) - - The United States Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services published today, September 29, 2020, the following information: Today, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced an update to the methodology the agency employs to determine the rate of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) positivity in counties across the country. Counties with 20 or fewer tests over 14 days will now move to “green” in the color-coded system of assessing COVID-19 community prevalence. Counties with both fewer than 500 tests and fewer than 2,000 tests per 100,000 residents, and greater than 10 percent positivity over 14 days – which would have been “red” under the previous methodology – will move to “yellow.” This information is critical to nursing homes, which are required to test their staff for COVID-19 at a freque
    ...
    10-03-2020, 11:17 PM
  • Staff Reporter 1
    CMS Announces Innovative Payment Model to Improve Care, Lower Costs for Cancer Patients
    by Staff Reporter 1
    Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services Announces Innovative Payment Model to Improve Care, Lower Costs for Cancer Patients | site |



    (September 18, 2020) - - The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services published today (September 18, 2020) the following information:

    Today, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) finalized a new Innovation Center model expected to improve the quality of care for cancer patients receiving radiotherapy and reduce Medicare expenditures through bundled payments that allow providers to focus on delivering high-quality treatments. The new Radiation Oncology (RO) Model allows this focus on value-based care by creating simpler, more predictable payments that incentivize cost-efficient and clinically effective treatments to improve quality and outcomes. The RO Model, part of a final rule on specialty care models issued by CMS, will begin on January 1, 2021 and is estimated to save Medicare $230 million over...
    09-21-2020, 06:16 PM
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    U.S. General Services Administration Issues Award for Regulatory Workflow Modernization
    by Staff Reporter 1
    U.S. General Services Administration Issues Award for Regulatory Workflow Modernization | site |





    (September 16, 2020) - - Today, September 16, 2020, the U.S General Services Administration (GSA) published the following information:

    WASHINGTON - The U.S. General Services Administration today announced the award of its multiple year, $9.9 million contract to Deloitte Consulting LLP, and Esper, Inc., through GSA's Commercial Solutions Opening (CSO) authority.

    The Centers of Excellence (CoE), housed within GSA’s Federal Acquisition Service Technology Transformation Services (TTS) office, and GSA’s assisted acquisition services provider Federal Systems Integration and Management Center (FEDSIM) worked to leverage artificial intelligence and machine learning technology solutions to conduct regulatory review and improve the rule-making process for federal agencies. This award supports the White House’s Executive Order on Regulatory
    ...
    09-21-2020, 12:07 PM

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