The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services released the HHS Roadmap for Behavioral Health Integration (Roadmap), which details policy solutions that would help to better integrate mental health and substance use care into the larger health care system and other systems.
CMS released a Request for Information seeking public comment on the Medicare Advantage program. CMS is asking for input on ways to achieve the agency’s vision so that all parts of Medicare are working towards a future where people with Medicare receive more equitable, high quality, and person-centered care that is affordable and sustainable.
HHS announced that Secretary Xavier Becerra has elevated the existing Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response from a staff division to an operating division, taking on the new name of the Administration for Strategic Preparedness and Response.
The HHS announced a proposed rule implementing Section 1557 of the Affordable Care Act (ACA)(Section 1557) that prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age, and disability in certain health programs and activities.
CMS issued the Calendar Year 2023 Physician Fee Schedule proposed rule, which would significantly expand access to behavioral health services, Accountable Care Organizations, cancer screening, and dental care – particularly in rural and underserved areas.
HRSA announced over $155 million in awards for 72 teaching health centers that operate primary care medical and dental residency programs that include high need specialties such as psychiatry, as part of President Biden’s Unity Agenda to address the nation’s mental health crisis.
The Biden Administration, through the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, announced a new model aimed at improving cancer care for Medicare patients and lowering health care costs.
The HHS, through the Health Resources and Services Administration, announced the launch of the Building Bridges to Better Health: A Primary Health Care Challenge, a national competition with a total of $1 million in cash prizes to encourage innovation through technical assistance to health centers.
Recently at the second Global COVID-19 Summit, President Biden announced that the Biden-Harris administration, through the U.S. National Institutes of Health, has licensed 11 COVID-19 research tools and early-stage vaccine and diagnostic candidates to the Medicines Patent Pool through the World Health Organization’s COVID-19 Technology Access Pool.