Health Resources & Services Administration

HRSA removes orphan drug exemption under 340B

Posted on July 22, 2014

A rule released yesterday by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) clarifies a portion of the 340B program, which requires drug manufacturers to offer their pharmaceuticals at a discounted rate to covered entities.  Under 340B, a covered entity typically refers to healthcare providers treating medically vulnerable populations, such as Ryan White Clinics or Disproportionate Share Hospitals.  The new rule specifically removes the discount exemption for orphan drugs sold for off-label usage.  A recent lawsuit led to the promulgation of this interpretative rule,  as many orphan drugs are used to treat conditions other than the rare conditions for which the drugs were created.

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HHS announces funding for primary care residencies

Posted on July 19, 2013

The US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced today the awarding of $12 million in Affordable Care Act (ACA) funding to train more than 300 new primary care residents during the 2013-2014 academic year. The funds, administered by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), will be provided to 32 Teaching Health Centers in a total of 21 states throughout the country. Due to Medicaid expansion and the growing insured population resulting from the ACA, this allocation of funding is pivotal to meet the anticipated demand of primary care physicians.

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Obama administration announces $150 million in funding to CHCs for in-person enrollment assistance

Posted on May 9, 2013

Today the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced the awarding of $150 million in funding to the nation’s 1200 community health centers for the purposes of providing in-person enrollment assistance under the Affordable Care Act (ACA). With these new funds, health centers will be able to hire new staff, train existing staff, and conduct community outreach events and other educational activities in order to help provide in-person enrollment assistance to uninsured individuals across the country, according to the agency press release here. The full funding announcement, which contains detailed breakouts of the dollar amounts awarded to specific health centers, can be found here.

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Medicaid expansion allows for coordination between CMS and HRSA

Posted on May 2, 2013

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) and Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) released a joint information bulletin detailing the opportunity to coordinate care between Medicaid and the Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program. The expansion of Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act (ACA) will provide health care access to many people living with HIV/AIDS, therefore necessitating the need for CMS and HRSA to ensure that Medicaid and Ryan White HIV/AIDS programs are poised to collaborate and coordinate care for this population. The two federal agencies will offer webinars and training in the following areas: eligibility, enrollment, essential community providers, managed care practices, and integrated care models for those living with HIV/AIDS.

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HRSA creates webpage for ACA impact on Ryan White Program

Posted on March 13, 2013

The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), a division of the US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), announced the creation of a website designed to assist individuals in the Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program as they gain new or improved health insurance access under the Affordable Care Act (ACA). HRSA’s webpage offers insight into key provisions of the ACA that impact Ryan White grantees, as well as information on insurance enrollment, outreach, and educational resources.

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HRSA announces new grant awards to expand CHCs

Posted on June 20, 2012

Today, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced awards of new grants to expand community health centers (CHCs). The grants were awarded to 219 CHCs to help expand access to care for more than 1.25 million additional patients and create approximately 5,640 jobs by establishing new health center service delivery sites. CHCs work to improve the health of the nation by ensuring access to quality primary health care services. The awards announced today total $128.6 million and will go to community health centers in 41 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and the Northern Mariana Islands. Through the Affordable Care Act’s (ACA’s) commitment to expand access to high quality health care for all Americans, these grants will support establishment of new full-time service delivery sites. The 5,640 jobs created through the awards announced today will go to doctors, nurses, dental providers, and many other staff supporting services to more than 1.25 million new patients. Eligible applicants included public or nonprofit private entities, including tribal, faith-based and community-based organizations who meet health center funding requirements.

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CMS selects 500 FQHCs for Advanced Primary Care Practice demonstration project

Posted on October 24, 2011

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) announced today that 500 Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHCs) have been selected to participate in the Advanced Primary Care Practice demonstration project. These 500 centers will receive $42 million over three years to improve quality and coordination of health care delivery. The project is designed to evaluate the patient-centered medical home model. The goal of the model is to improve patient health and the quality of health care delivery while lowering the cost of of care. HRSA and the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation Center developed the demonstration, which will be conducted from November 1, 2011 through October 31, 2014.

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HHS releases plan for retrospective rule review

Posted on May 26, 2011

The US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has issued a new plan aimed at improving the agency’s rulemaking and regulatory process. Pursuant to President Obama’s Executive Order 13563 of January 18, 2011, and its intent to make the nation’s overall regulatory process more transparent and less cumbersome, the HHS plan sets forth the agency’s priorities for reviewing, streamlining, and if necessary, removing existing rules and regulations.

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HHS announces new funds to help address primary care workforce shortages

Posted on November 22, 2010

Today, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Kathleen Sebelius announced $290 million in new funding from the Affordable Care Act (ACA) for the National Health Service Corps (NHSC) Loan Repayment Program to help increase the number of primary care providers in medically underserved areas. These funds will allow $60,000 in loan debt forgiveness to medical, dental, and mental health primary care providers who commit to practicing 2 years in an NHSC-designated service area. Additionally, the ACA allows for more leeway in administering NHSC funds, such as the opportunity to work full-time or half-time, as well as total loan forgiveness for a commitment of six years.

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HRSA announces $8 million in new funds to modernize community health centers

Posted on November 22, 2010

On November 19, 2010, the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced $8 million in grant money to community-based organizations that support community health centers. These grants are funded out of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), and are designed to pay for enhanced training and technical assistance to help modernize community health centers.

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