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National Health Center Week- August 11th -17th

Please make sure to support your community events by attending National Health Center Week at a Health Center near you!

New HIPAA Provider Education Tools Available

 The U.S. Department of Health & Human Services (HHS) Office for    Civil Rights (OCR) has developed an array of new tools to educate health care providers about the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) Privacy and Security Rules. A video, The HIPAA Security Rule, has been designed for providers in small practices and offers an overview of how to...

Health Coverage Applications Made Easier

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) today announced that the application for health coverage has been simplified and significantly shortened. The application is three pages for individuals, and seven pages for families seeking financial assistance. This means that for the first time consumers will be able to fill out one simple application and see their entire range...

"Is my insurance premium going up?": A look into Affordable Care Act and Insurance Premiums in Maryland

The Affordable Care Act contains many stages of implementation whose impact has yet to be accurately determined. One of the key changes that will occur is the implementation of the healthcare exchanges that will allow legal residents of states to be awarded health insurance coverage that is affordable to them. While some states are utilizing the federal model for healthcare exchanges, other...

Navigating the Health Insurance Marketplace: Community Health Centers and Consumer Assistance Programs, State Policy Report #43

The report describes health centers ‘roles and functions, outlining the relevant federal regulations and discussing how community health centers can participate. The report also includes a discussion of recently proposed conflict of interest, training, certification and recertification standards that apply to Navigators and in-person assisters in Federally-Facilitated and State Partnership...

2013 Students to Service Loan Repayment “Pilot” Program Application Cycle Now Open!

 Today the National Health Service Corps Students to Service (S2S) Loan Repayment “Pilot” Program opens its 2013 application cycle! The application cycle will be open until December 13, 2012; however students are strongly encouraged to apply early.The S2S Program will provide loan repayment assistance to medical students (MD and DO) in their last year of school in return for serving in...

HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius Statement on National Minority Health Month

The Office of Minor Health marks April as being Minority Health Month to raise awareness of disparities in health care affecting minorities. This is the time when the nation takes a step back to evaluate the incredible opportunity we face as a nation to improve minority health, advance health equity and elimate health disparities. This is a great time for the U.S. as we are making strides in...

National Health Service Corps expands the primary care workforce

Made possible by the Affordable Care Act, the National Health Service Corps (NHSC) was awarded more than $10 million in funding for loan repayment for medical school students across 29 states. The NHSC provides financial support to fourth year primary care medical students in exchange for their service in communities of need.“The average medical school debt is often more than $200,000...

AHRQ Offers Free Resources for Clinicians

The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) has launched an initiative to raise awareness and encourage use of comparative effectiveness research, a type of patient-centered outcomes research. Comparative effectiveness research informs health care decisionmaking by comparing the benefits and risks of different interventions for common conditions, including: cardiovascular disease,...

HHS Announces 89 New Accountable Care Organizations

As of July 1, 89 new Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs) began serving 1.2 million people with Medicare in 40 states and Washington, D.C. ACOs are organizations formed by groups of doctors and other health care providers that have agreed to work together to coordinate care for people with Medicare.These 89 new ACOs have entered into agreements with CMS, taking responsibility for the quality of...

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