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Former HHS cybersecurity official found guilty on child porn charges
By Bob Herman | August 27, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
A federal jury has convicted a former technology official within HHS on charges related to child pornography, the U.S. Justice Department announced Tuesday.
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Latest ACA birth-control rule may not assuage objectors
By Paul Demko | August 23, 2014 | Print Magazine Print Magazine Subscription Details
The Obama administration is proposing a workaround to provide contraceptive coverage to employees of closely held companies that object on religious grounds.
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Malpractice mediation undermined by HHS ruling
By Andis Robeznieks | August 16, 2014 | Print Magazine Print Magazine Subscription Details
A little-noticed HHS ruling on reporting medical malpractice claims could get in the way of state efforts to promote an alternative dispute-resolution method that several academic medical centers have used effectively to improve quality and reduce lawsuits and damage awards.
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ONC chief Karen DeSalvo on EHRs, IT safety
By Modern Healthcare | August 16, 2014 | Print Magazine Print Magazine Subscription Details
Dr. Karen DeSalvo, HHS' fifth national coordinator for health IT, discusses progress toward meaningful use of electronic health records, the push for EHR interoperability and the proposed Health IT Safety Center.
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National Medical Association names Sanders president, and other newsmakers
By Modern Healthcare | August 16, 2014 | Print Magazine Print Magazine Subscription Details
Dr. Lawrence Sanders Jr. has been named president of the National Medical Association.
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Malpractice claims can be kept out of court, but not the NPDB
By Andis Robeznieks | August 13, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
HHS has ruled that all medical malpractice claims that include a written demand for payment must be reported to a national database even if the cases are resolved under state programs designed to settle the matters outside of court.
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Citigroup exec Thurm returns to HHS
By Bob Herman | August 13, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
Kevin Thurm, 53, previously was second-in-command as the HHS deputy secretary from 1996 to 2001 under President Bill Clinton and former HHS Secretary Donna Shalala. Thurm also served as HHS chief of staff.
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HHS awards contract to grow mental health, addiction counseling
By Virgil Dickson | August 08, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
HHS' Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) intends to award NAADAC, the Association for Addiction Professionals, a one-year, $99,950 contract to support its efforts to further educate addiction and mental health professionals and to inspire more counselors to join its...
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HHS grants to fund home-parenting visits in 46 states
By Steven Ross Johnson | August 04, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
More than $106 million in grant funding is being allocated to 46 states and the District of Columbia to expand programs designed to provide parenting help to pregnant women and families with children under the age of 5.
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HHS hires former Wal-Mart exec Leslie Dach, and other moves
By Modern Healthcare | August 02, 2014 | Print Magazine Print Magazine Subscription Details
Leslie Dach, a former executive for Wal-Mart Stores, has joined HHS as senior counselor.
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