U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services

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U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services

The head of the Department of Health and Human Services. The secretary is responsible for protecting the public health. He/she has jurisdiction over drug inspections, implementation of Medicare and Medicaid, health service for Native Americans, and many similar operations. Until 1995, the secretary was also charged with the administration of the Social Security Administration. He/she is appointed by the president of the United States and confirmed by the Senate.
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Essentially, HIPAA requires the Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS) to adopt and mandate the use of standards for common electronic administrative transactions and to establish a privacy standard for personal health information.
Summary: Directs the Secretary of Health and Human Services, acting through the Maternal and Child Health Bureau of the Health Resources and Services Administration, to award grants or cooperative agreements to develop statewide lifespan respite care programs, including Alzheimer-related.
In 1992, ambiguity in enforcing the private payment rules resulted in a case against the Secretary of Health and Human Services, Steward v.
Violators also are subject to exclusion from the Medicare and Medicaid programs, regardless of whether a criminal conviction has been obtained, upon a determination by the Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS) that a violation has occurred.
The Patient Self-Determination Act has significant provisions pertaining to obligations of certain health care providers, state agencies, and the Secretary of Health and Human Services.
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