Single Payment Option Available for Transitional Reinsurance Program Fee: HHS

transitional-reinsurance-program-feeEmployers will have their choice to pay a controversial health care reform law fee in one payment or two installments, according to new guidance from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

Much of the $25 billion in assessments, to be paid annually over a three-year period, for the Transitional Reinsurance Program Continue reading

One in 10 U.S. Residents Affected by Large Health Data Breaches

UnlockedPadlockonKeyboardMore than 1,000 medical record breaches involving 500 or more people have been reported to HHS since federal reporting requirements took effect nearly five years ago, according to HHS, Modern Healthcare‘s “Vital Signs” reports (Conn, “Vital Signs,” Modern Healthcare, 6/13).

HHS has been tracking data breaches since September 2009, when the HIPAA breach notification rule Continue reading

Public Health Exchange Enrollment Tops 4.2 million: HHS

hceMore than 4.2 million people enrolled in health insurance plans offered through public exchanges as of March 1, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services said Tuesday.

The number increased more than 28% compared with the nearly 3.3 million people enrolled as of Feb. 1. Continue reading

Public Insurance Exchange Enrollment Jumps to 3.3 Million: HHS

enNearly 3.3 million people enrolled in health insurance plans offered through public exchanges as of Feb. 1, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services said Wednesday.

The number of people enrolled at the beginning of the month is up more than 50% compared to the nearly 2.2 million people who had enrolled Continue reading

Green Tea Compounds Effective Against Tumors and Genetic Diseases

gtTea is the most popular beverage in the world and many people drink it for its pleasant taste, comfort, and general health benefits.  But green tea can do much more. It can save lives.

Researchers at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia discovered that two compounds found in green tea show great promise in the treatment Continue reading

Alaska Group Lands $1.2M Telehealth Grant

alaskaAn Alaska-based consortium is charged with spreading telehealth help across the nation with a $1.2 million grant from the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), part of HHS.

The Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium’s Telehealth Technology Assessment Center (TTAC) will serve as the country’s Continue reading

Don’t Have Faulty Ideas about Salt

By now just about everybody’s heard that we should cut back on salt to avoid high blood pressure, heart disease and other physiological complications. But that advice is wrongheaded and simplistic. Getting too little salt can be as harmful as getting too much. The fact is you need just the right amount of salt and the right kind of salt to protect your health.

Salty Revelation

In November, the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) published a revelatory paper discussing the relationship of sodium imbalances with cardiovascular events like heart attack, stroke and congestive heart failure among hospitalized patients. One of the findings confirmed a correlation between these problems and having higher or lower sodium levels than the American average of 4,000 to 6,500 mg of sodium a day.

From their analyses, the researchers came up with a J-shaped curve demonstrating that people had cardiovascular problems when they had high and low salt consumption. Continue reading

Green Tea Can Fight Genetic Defects and Tumors

Individuals with the rare disorder known as hyperinsulinism and hyperammonemia syndrome (HHS) ,lack the glutamate dehydrogenase (GDH) enzyme, leading them to have a hypoglycemic reaction to protein, which sometimes causes death.

Researchers at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia have found that green tea-derived compounds may not only help treat the disorder, but that blocking GDH using the natural substances could help to effectively kill tumors.

HHS patients lack the ability to regulate GDH, so the researchers conducted a study to see whether the plant compounds could help compensate for this. Their trial was successful, demonstrating that oral treatment with the green tea product  Continue reading

Plastic, Styrofoam Cups, Carryout Containers Are Filled with Cancer-Causing Agents

Millions of people eat and drink from plastic and Styrofoam cups and containers every single day, and the US government now admits that many of these consumer products contain known cancer-causing agents. The formaldehyde preservatives found in many disposable coffee cups and foam take-out containers, as well as styrene, another chemical additive used in such products, have both been added to the federal government’s list of known, and suspected carcinogens.

The addition of these two chemicals, as well as six others, to the carcinogen list this year was reportedly a reluctant decision made by the US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), which has been pressured by the chemical industry for years to delay coming forward with this information. Nevertheless, both formaldehyde and a chemical known as aristolochic acid Continue reading