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for: ‘Health and Human Services’

HHS Launches New Telehealth Site & more Telehealth Buzz

HHS Launches New Telehealth Site for Physicians and Patients Yesterday the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) launched a website to centralize information for patients and providers interested in utilizing telehealth during the pandemic. The patient-focused page covers telehealth options; understanding telehealth; telehealth during COVID-19; and preparing for a video visit. The provider page […]

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One of the Largest-Ever Health Care Fraud Schemes Exposed

In the last month, we have seen quite a few headlines that mention telehealth—and not the good kinds. Recently, as announced in a Department of Justice press release, federal investigators uncovered a massive health care fraud scheme, perpetrated chiefly through telehealth technology. The scheme is one of the largest instances of health care fraud ever […]

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HHS Encourages Provision of MAT Via Telemedicine

More than 42,000 people died of opioid overdoses (either prescription drugs or heroin) in 2016, according to the most recent available Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) data. What’s more, each day approximately 130 Americans die of opioid overdoses—many of them in rural communities, where patients seeking treatment for addiction often face significant geographic […]

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OIG Report Says CMS Made Improper Telehealth Payments

Have the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) been making improper payments to providers for telehealth services? That’s the question that the Office of the Inspector General (OIG) at the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) considered in a recently released report. The answer? As MedCity News and others first reported, OIG researchers […]

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ICYMI: HHS CTO to Keynote CTeL Summit

A very special guest will be joining us at the CTeL Executive Telehealth Spring Summit (June 14 and 15 in Washington, D.C.): Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Chief Technology Officer Bruce Greenstein will be giving the keynote address. Greenstein, who formerly served as Secretary of the Department of Health and Hospitals in Louisiana, […]

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Using PDMPs to Combat Opioid Epidemic: HHS Sec Supports

According to the most recent available Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) data, more than 64,000 people died of opioid overdoses (either prescription drugs or heroin) in 2016. What’s more, each day approximately 115 Americans (or more, by some estimates) die of overdoses, with some estimating that that number is higher. With these statistics […]

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Telehealth Wins in Budget Deal; Fares Less Well in Pres. Budget

The 115th Congress continues to be a promising one for telehealth advocates, as last week’s passage of legislation to fund the government (and avert a shutdown) contained several pieces of very good news. As Fierce Healthcare and others first reported, the $400 billion continuing resolution incorporated the provisions of the bipartisan CHRONIC Care Act, which […]

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OCR Rolls Out New HIPAA Guidance Docs

Happy holidays from the Office of Civil Rights (OCR) at the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS)! As Politico first reported, just in time for Christmas and Hanukkah, the agency has rolled out a series of Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) guidance documents and other tools for providers, with a particular focus […]

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HHS Plans Audit of Medicaid Telehealth Spending

“Audit” is a word that doesn’t exactly inspire happiness or excitement in most people, so it’s likely that a piece of recent news from the Office of the Inspector General (OIG) at the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) won’t necessarily be a welcome one. As Health Care Law Today and others first reported, the department […]

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New Bipartisan Bill Would Create Cybersecurity Position at HHS

At a time when large-scale data breaches have frequently dominated headlines, experts have repeatedly warned that many health care organizations are not well prepared for cyberattacks, with some calling on the government to do more to provide support. Now, two Members of Congress are seeking to ensure that the Department of Health and Human Services […]

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