Tag: HHS

OIG reports address deficiencies, abuse in hospice care

Two reports were released last week by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of the Inspector General (OIG) demonstrating the results of in-depth studies of Medicare hospice recertification and complaint survey data from state agencies and accredited organizations between 2012 and 2016. The reports examine issues of deficiencies and abuse in hospice care. […]

HHS, in partnership with industry, releases voluntary cybersecurity practices for the health industry

On Friday, December 28, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) released the “Health Industry Cybersecurity Practices (HICP): Managing Threats and Protecting Patients” publication. The four-volume publication aims to provide voluntary cybersecurity practices to healthcare organizations of all types and sizes, ranging from local clinics to large hospital systems. The industry-led effort was in […]

Home health: HHS to hold call about expanded settlement option

Brought to you by Home Health Line. HHS will hold an open door call this month to discuss its expanded Settlement Conference Facilitation program. The call will be held May 22. This program is an alternative dispute resolution process that allows certain providers a chance to settle their appeals. All Medicare Part A and Medicare Part B […]

VA, HHS announce partnership to strengthen prevention of fraud, waste and abuse efforts

On January 23, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) and HHS announced a partnership to share data, data analytics tools, and best practices for identifying and preventing fraud, waste and abuse. This newest partnership enhances ongoing efforts between the country’s two largest public-private health-care payment organizations to help America’s veterans by leveraging the gains […]

HHS reports hackers are the cause of increasing healthcare data breaches

Data from HHS’ Office of Civil Rights shows that compared to 2016, resolved data breaches as a result of hacking have decreased by 90%, with only five hacking or IT incidents being resolved in 2017 compared to 50 that were resolved in 2016. Data also reveals that more breaches are being reported, which is correlated […]

Medicaid block grants: Yay, or nay? House vote scheduled for Thursday, March 23

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced the first joint action taken between Seema Verma, who was sworn in as the Administrator of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) last week, and HHS Secretary Tom Price. After Verma’s swearing-in ceremony, CMS Administrator and HHS Secretary cosigned a letter to the […]

Price confirmed, what about Verma?

Tom Price has been officially confirmed as head of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). Now, the Trump administration’s pick for head of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), Seema Verma, draws closer to completing the vetting process required to serve in a top federal role, with an agreement on the […]