Tag: HHS

Check local hospital data on facility-specific bed capacity and COVID-19 impact

The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) recently began releasing new hospital COVID-19 data at the facility level. The data shows weekly impacts from COVID-19 on ICU and bed capacity. When announcing the new datasets last month, HHS noted that it should help local and regional collaborations. Home health industry leaders have noted that […]

Biden nominates California AG as new HHS secretary

President-elect Joe Biden has nominated Xavier Becerra, the current California attorney general (AG), for the position of secretary of Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). If confirmed, Becerra will replace incumbent secretary Alex Azar. Prior to his position as the California AG, Becerra served 12 terms in the House of Representatives, and is an […]

HHS pitches 10-year expiration for several rules

The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) proposed a new rule November 4 that would require a review of rules every 10 years “to determine whether the regulation is still needed and whether it is having appropriate impacts,” according to a release. Under the proposed rule, any regulation issued by HHS, with certain exceptions, […]

HHS expands coverage for point-of-care COVID-19 testing at SNFs

The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced August 31 the expanded use of rapid point-of-care antigen tests at SNFs under the Public Readiness and Emergency Preparedness Act (PREP Act). Previously, some states banned the use of rapid point-of-care antigen tests at SNFs, but the new guidance from HHS overrules state bans. “This PREP […]

Medicaid providers to receive $15B in COVID-19 relief funds

The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has released COVID-19 relief funds totaling $15 billion to facilities that rely solely on Medicaid reimbursement and did not receive payments from the initial $50 billion from the Provider Relief Fund. Beginning June 10, an HHS portal will be open for Medicaid providers to submit an application. […]

OIG releases updates on corporate integrity agreements

The Office of the Inspector General (OIG) released updated information related to Corporate Integrity Agreement (CIA) deadlines, OIG review deadlines and OIG enforcement activity. The OIG is working closely with CMS, Health & Human Services (HHS) and law enforcement partners to support health professionals’ response to the pandemic. They are taking burdens on providers and […]

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 […]