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Health and Human Services (HHS)

Trump Selects Alex Azar to Serve as Secretary of Health and Human Services

Alex Azar

Washington, DC, November 14, 2017 — President Donald J. Trump yesterday announced his nomination of Alex Azar, a former pharmaceutical executive and a top health official during the George W. Bush administration, to lead the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

In announcing that he is nominating Azar to be secretary of the government’s largest civilian department, the president turned to a health policy insider and conservative thinker.

Azar spent a decade at Eli Lilly and Co., including five years as president of Lilly USA, its biggest affiliate, before stepping down in January to work as a health-care consultant. Continue reading

Eric Hargan Sworn In as Deputy Secretary of Health and Human Services Department

HHS Deputy Secretary Eric Hargan

Washington, DC, October 12, 2017 — The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced that Eric Hargan has been sworn in as Deputy Secretary.

The U.S. Senate confirmed Mr. Hargan to fill the No. 2 position at HHS on October 4, just days after Secretary Tom Price resigned.

The 57-to-38 Senate vote was largely along party lines.  Seven Democrats and Sen. Angus King (I-Maine) supported the nomination, according to The Hill. Continue reading

Sens. Menendez and Booker, Reps. Gottheimer and Pascrell Announce $363,583 Grant for Hackensack University Medical Center

Washington, DC, September 8, 2017 — Senators Bob Menendez and Cory Booker and Congressmen Bill Pascrell (NJ-8) and Josh Gottheimer (NJ-5) announced on September 7 that Hackensack University Medical Center in collaboration with the Stevens Institute of Technology will be receiving $363,583 in federal funds for cancer treatment research from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ National Cancer Institute.

“Thanks to Hackensack UMC’s John Theurer Cancer Center, North Jersey is a key player in the battle against cancer. I’m hopeful that their path-breaking research will one day overcome multiple myeloma cells,” said Congressman Josh Gottheimer (NJ-5). Continue reading

HHS Report: Medicare Shared-Savings ACOs Cut $1 Billion in Costs Over Three Years

Washington, DC, September 5, 2017 — Shelby Livingstone reports in Modern Healthcare that accountable care organizations (ACO) participating in the CMS’ Medicare shared-savings program reduced spending by about $1 billion in three years, the Department of Health and Human Services’ (HHS) Office of Inspector General reported Tuesday.

Most of the 428 ACOs in the first three years of the shared-savings program reduced Medicare spending compared to their benchmarks, and a small group of those ACOs produced “substantial” savings.

The majority of the ACOs—82%—also improved the quality of care they provided, based on data from the CMS on 33 individual quality measures. They outperformed fee-for-service providers in 81% of the quality measures. Continue reading

CDC Releases 40th Annual Report on Health of the U.S.; Features Long-Term Trends in Health and Health Care Delivery

Atlanta, GA, July 12, 2017 — The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) on June 28 released Health, United States, 2016, the 40th annual report on the health of the nation from the Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS) to the President and Congress.

This year’s report features a Chartbook on Long-Term Trends in health and health care delivery over the past 40 years.

From declines in cigarette smoking and increases in prescription drug use to changes in expenditures for hospitals and home health care, the annual report also explores population changes that have affected patterns of disease, as well as health care access and utilization since 1975.  Continue reading

Trump Administration Appoints Georgia Health Official Dr. Brenda Fitzgerald as CDC Director

Dr. Brenda Fitzgerald

Washington, DC, July 10, 2017 — The Trump administration on Friday named Georgia Public Health Commissioner Brenda Fitzgerald as the next director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Fitzgerald, 70, an obstetrician-gynecologist who has headed that state’s public health department since 2011, will succeed Tom Frieden, who stepped down in January after serving for eight years, longer than any director since the 1970s.

Anne Schuchat, a veteran CDC official, has been serving as acting director. Continue reading

Trump Administration’s Hiring Freeze Means Nearly 700 Vacancies at CDC

Washington, DC, May 22, 2017 — Lena H. Sun reports in The Washington Post that nearly 700 positions are vacant at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) because of a continuing freeze on hiring that officials and researchers say affects programs supporting local and state public health emergency readiness, infectious disease control and chronic disease prevention.

The same restriction remains in place throughout the Health and Human Services Department (HHS) despite the lifting of a government-wide hiring freeze last month. Continue reading

Trump Administration Fires Surgeon General Vivek Murthy

Dr. Vivek Murthy

Washington, DC, April 24, 2017 — Surgeon General Vivek H. Murthy, an Obama administration holdover, was asked to resign by the Trump administration on Friday.  Dr. Murthy’s wife, Alice Chen, said on Saturday that her husband had refused to resign and was fired.

Dr. Murthy was replaced by his deputy, Rear Adm. Sylvia Trent-Adams, one of the first nurses to serve as surgeon general, who will for now be in an acting role. Continue reading

Trump’s Plan to Cut NIH Funding for Biomedical Research Hits Opposition in Congress

Washington, DC, April 5, 2017 — Robert Pear reports in The New York Times that a proposal by President Trump to cut federal spending for biomedical research by 18 percent — just months after Congress approved bipartisan legislation to increase such spending — has run into a buzz saw on Capitol Hill, with Republicans and Democrats calling it misguided.

Mr. Trump is asking Congress to provide $25.9 billion for the National Institutes of Health for the fiscal year that starts on Oct. 1.  That represents a cut of $5.8 billion, or 18 percent, from the agency’s current spending level of $31.7 billion.

A week after making that proposal, Mr. Trump told Congress that he wanted to cut spending at the N.I.H. by $1.2 billion in the current fiscal year, mostly by reducing research grants. Continue reading

HHS Secretary Defends Proposed Cuts at NIH; GOP and Democrats Skeptical

HHS Secretary Tom Price

Washington, DC, March 31, 2017 — Lev Facher reports on STAT that Secretary of Health and Human Services Tom Price on March 29 defended the Trump administration’s proposed cuts to medical research, saying that the National Institutes of Health (NIH) budget is plagued by unnecessary expenses.

The remarks came a day after reports that the administration had proposed an additional $1.2 billion cut to the NIH for the current fiscal year, on top of a suggested $5.8 billion cut for 2018.

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