Health and Human Services (HHS)

2:51pm

Thu October 11, 2012
Shots - Health Blog

Among Disciplined Nurse Aides, Criminal Records Turn Up

HHS found that 19 percent of nurse aides who'd been disciplined had a prior conviction that would have shown up on a background check.
Matt Rourke AP

There are two ways to look at results of a recent investigation of nursing homes by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Both are pretty disturbing.

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2:23pm

Thu July 26, 2012
Shots - Health Blog

Feds And Health Insurers Partner To Fight Fraud

Insurers and the federal government are teaming up to fight health fraud.
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The Obama administration is enlisting new allies to fight health care fraud: insurers.

Today the Departments of Health and Human Services and Justice announced a partnership with more than a dozen health insurers and industry groups to nip fraudulent schemes in the bud, instead of tracking down bad guys after the fact.

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12:42pm

Fri April 20, 2012
Shots - Health Blog

Dutch Government Set To Reconsider Restrictions On Bird Flu Study

Originally published on Mon April 23, 2012 8:08 am

Chickens were killed in Hong Kong last December in an effort to halt the spread of the deadly H5N1 strain of bird flu.
Aaron Tam AFP/Getty Images

A Dutch virologist is considering his full range of legal options if his government refuses to lift the restrictions it has put on his controversial bird flu research, and matters could quickly come to a head after a meeting next Monday that will be attended by U. S. observers.

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9:28am

Tue April 17, 2012
Shots - Health Blog

Sebelius To Lend Support To Vaccination Projects In Haiti

Originally published on Tue April 17, 2012 10:34 am

Rice farmer Alexi Rochnel shows his blank cholera vaccination card. April is the beginning of Haiti's rainy season, which will likely intensify Haiti's cholera outbreak.
John W. Poole NPR

8:42am

Tue April 17, 2012
The Salt

Food Stamps Helped Many Families Weather The Recession

Originally published on Tue April 17, 2012 9:26 am

Food stamps kept the carts rolling during the recession.
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Food stamps have long been a favorite whipping boy of politicians looking to beat up on government spending. But the massive food-assistance program does help keep people out of poverty, according to new research.

Food stamp benefits led to a decline of 4.4 percent in poverty from 2000 to 2009, according to a new report from the USDA's Economic Research Service.

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