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HHS proposal would overhaul safety rules at nursing homes, long-term care facilities

Under a proposal to improve patient safety in long-term care hospitals and nursing homes, the facilities would be required to improve care coordination and planning, mandate infection control training, assign an infection control officer and consider resident health during staffing decisions. 

HHS launches Ebola training program

The Department of Health and Human Services has launched a National Ebola Training and Education Center to ensure American providers can safely identify, treat and transport any future patients infected with the deadly virus.

HHS launches GIS-based tool for health disaster readiness

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has launched emPOWER Map, an interactive online tool to aid community health agencies and emergency management officials in disaster preparedness. 

Historic Medicare fraud takedown: Feds charge 243 people with $712M in false billing

The Department of Justice and the Department of Health and Human Services have charged 243 individuals involved in false billing schemes totaling $712 million in cities across the country as part of a coordinated healthcare fraud takedown led by the Medicare Fraud Strike Force, according to a DOJ announcement.

Obama taps ONC head Karen DeSalvo to join HHS

National Coordinator for Health IT Karen DeSalvo is just a Senate confirmation away from officially joining the Department of Health and Human Services as its new assistant secretary for health, President Barack Obama announced Wednesday.

$101M in ACA funds to go toward new community health centers

The Department of Health and Human Services announced Tuesday that it will divert $101 million in Affordable Care Act funding to 164 new community health centers across the country in an effort to increase healthcare access.

15 'vital signs' to improve healthcare

The healthcare industry currently uses thousands of measures to assess healthcare in the United States. But a new report reveals that providers only need to track 15 core measures or "vital signs" to determine progress.

HHS denies Democrats' request to create special open enrollment for pregnant women

The Department of Health and Human Services has denied a request from Democrats to create an open enrollment period under the Affordable Care Act for women when they find out they are pregnant.

Obama enlists hospitals, medical professionals to fight health hazards of climate change

The White House says will look to the medical community to not only make the case that climate change poses significant health risks and to help reduce these potential harms.

Did the ACA really result in 50,000 fewer patient deaths?

President Barack Obama's recent claim that the Affordable Care Act has led to 50,000 fewer preventable patient deaths may be based on "an estimate of an estimate," but it is likely that Obama is correct about the healthcare reform law's ability to reduce patient harms, according to the  Washington Post's  Fact Checker blog.