HHS wants to work with private companies like venture capital firms and startup incubators to discuss strategies to accelerate investment, innovation and research in healthcare.
HHS will create a patient safety database to track quality of care at ambulatory surgery centers, as they become more prevalent across the country.
Congressional appropriators have approved $90.5 billion in HHS appropriations in a spending package that includes $3.8 billion in opioids funding. Community health centers will also get a funding boost.
More than 4,300 Medicaid expansion enrollees in Arkansas will lose coverage for the rest of this year because they did not comply for three straight months with the state's first-in-the-nation work and reporting requirements, state officials announced Wednesday.
HHS Secretary Alex Azar hinted the agency will overhaul certificate-of-need regulations and force drugmakers to pay full rebates to state Medicaid programs for new formulations of existing drugs.
The Trump administration has touted expanding access to short-term insurance that bypasses Obamacare's consumer protections as a way to make healthcare coverage more affordable for those priced out of the individual market.
Providers and a top HHS official Tuesday urged Congress to loosen the Stark law's restrictions. The move to value-based care models could be undermined if the 30-year-old law isn't changed.
The House HHS appropriations committee passed amendments to its $177 billion health funding bill to soften and chip away at the Trump administration's rescinded family separation policy and the continued fallout.
Last week's most popular healthcare stories were packed with policy news. The CMS worked through the Fourth of July week, making changes to several payment programs. Meanwhile, other providers are amping up the push for value-based care, and the Trump administration slashed another ACA program.
Senate health appropriators are proposing a $2.3 billion hike to HHS' funding this year,including $1.5 billion in flexible grants for states battling the opioid epidemic. The bill also proposes expanding rural telehealth programs.
Planned Parenthood and the National Family Planning & Reproductive Health Association asked a federal judge to stop HHS from changing its funding strategy for Title X grants. They argued the change was illegal as it was not done through a rulemaking.
The new initiative will help HHS track and end infectious disease threats before they become full-fledged epidemics. The plan includes a private network of contractors to help HHS find and develop new technologies and treatments.