May 22, 2013
Thousands of votes cast in online dialogue on school-to-work transitions
Students, young adults, parents, teachers, healthcare and service providers—anyone who supports the aspirations of young people with disabilities to live, work, and thrive in their community—are invited to join a national dialogue about improving the transition from school to work.
May 22, 2013
Doctors and hospitals’ use of health IT more than doubles since 2012
HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius today announced that more than half of all doctors and other eligible providers have received Medicare or Medicaid incentive payments for adopting or meaningfully using electronic health records (EHRs).
May 21, 2013
VA, DoD and HHS Partner to Expand Access to Mental Health Services for Veterans, Service Members and Families
Today, the Departments of Veterans Affairs (VA), Defense (DoD) and Health and Human Services (HHS) announced the progress made to date on initiatives called for in President Obama’s August 31, 2012, Executive Order to Improve Access to Mental Health Services for Veterans, Service Members, and their families.
May 20, 2013
Honoring EMS Responders during National EMS Week
This week, our nation honors emergency medical service (EMS) professionals for their dedication to public service. As the HHS assistant secretary for preparedness and response, I know how important their role is in disasters. As a primary care physician, I know how important their work is every day. People rely on EMS in disasters and other public health emergencies, as well as for personal emergency care.
May 16, 2013
HHS announces actions to improve safety and quality of child care
Helping to answer President Obama’s call to ensure quality early education for every American child, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) proposed today a new regulation for public comment that will better ensure children’s health and safety in child care and promote school readiness. Under the proposed rule, states, territories and tribes would be required to strengthen their standards to better promote the health, safety and school readiness of children in federally funded child care.
May 15, 2013
HHS announces the winners of the reducing cancer among women of color challenge
HHS Deputy Assistant Secretary for Minority Health J. Nadine Gracia, MD, MSCE announced the winners of the Reducing Cancer Among Women of Color Challenge. A first-of-its-kind effort to address health disparities among racial and ethnic minorities, the winning apps will help women of color prevent and fight cancer.
May 15, 2013
Administration announces $1 billion initiative to launch Health Care Innovation Awards to provide better health care and lower costs
Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius today announced a nearly $1 billion initiative that will fund awards and evaluation to build on the Obama administration’s work to transform the health care system by delivering better care and lowering costs. This second round of Health Care Innovation Awards will fund applicants that have a high likelihood of driving health care system transformation and delivering better outcomes.
May 15, 2013
HHS Secretary Sebelius announces Senate confirmation of Marilyn Tavenner
HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius announced this afternoon, that the United States Senate confirmed Marilyn Tavenner as administrator of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS).
May 14, 2013
Medicare Fraud strike force charges 89 individuals for approximately $223 million in false billing
Attorney General Eric Holder and Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Kathleen Sebelius announced today that a nationwide takedown by Medicare Fraud Strike Force operations in eight cities has resulted in charges against 89 individuals, including doctors, nurses and other licensed medical professionals, for their alleged participation in Medicare fraud schemes involving approximately $223 million in false billings.
May 10, 2013
HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius on National Women’s Health Week
Starting with Mother’s Day, next week we celebrate National Women’s Health Week. As a nation, we honor the women in our lives – our mothers, grandmothers, aunts, sisters, cousins, friends, and colleagues – by encouraging them to make their health a priority and to take steps to live healthier, happier lives.