Further, the proposition that the governmental interest in marginally increasing access to contraceptives is compelling is severely undercut by the fact that many employers have, for purely secular reasons, been exempted from the obligation that the HHS
One positive note: HHS
did accept one key recommendation made by NSBA in our formal comments to the proposed rule.
and diabetic ketoacidosis (DKA) are complications of diabetes mellitus associated with very high blood glucose levels and dehydration.
Through PHEMCE, HHS
laid out its CBRN medical countermeasure development and acquisition priorities in 2007 in a publicly available plan based primarily on two types of CBRN risk assessments--one from the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and one from HHS--but HHS
has not updated the plan as intended.
In a unique teaching format, HHS
created the interactive Partnering to Heal video (www.hhs.gov/ash/initiatives/hai/training), which allows providers to follow decision-makers who impact health risks and then learn from those choices.
(706); Daniel, HHG (268);Terry Rock, HSS (520); and Daniel, HSG (214).
Under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, signed into law on March 23, health plans must submit annual reports to HHS
on their medical-loss ratios (the percentage of premiums spent on medical care and quality improvement vs.
is seeking comment from states and health plans on issues including what types of methods states use to determine whether to approve a rate increase as well as whether special consideration should be given for certain types of plans such as HMOs or high-deductible plans.
has recently issued guidelines (1); however, specific planning, problem solving, and funding are still left to the individual states.
An OIG advisory opinion is legally binding on HHS
and the requesting party.
has directed its agencies to report cases whenever payments are made as a result of a claim being filed against a government health care provider.
Currently, physicians in Medicare are prohibited from referring Medicare patients for some health services to health-care entities with which the physician has a financial relationship, unless an exception applies, according to HHS