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May 11, 2009
Secretary Sebelius Announces HHS Office of Health Reform Personnel
Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius today announced the establishment of the Department of Health and Human Services’ (HHS) Office of Health Reform.

May 08, 2009
HHS Announces Members of Committees That Will Advise on Implementation of Health IT
The Department of Health and Human Services today announced the appointment of three members to the Health Information Technology (HIT) Policy Committee as well as members of the HIT Standards Committee.

May 07, 2009
HHS Secretary Sebelius Welcomes Deputy Secretary Bill Corr, Indian Health Service Director Dr. Yvette Roubideaux
HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius today welcomed Deputy Secretary Bill Corr and Indian Health Service Director Dr. Yvette Roubideaux to the Department of Health and Human Services. Corr and Roubideaux were confirmed unanimously by the Senate on Wednesday evening.

May 07, 2009
HHS Budget Puts Reform First
Budget Helps Control the Skyrocketing Cost of Health Care, Cuts Waste & Fraud from Medicare and Protects Public Health

May 07, 2009
Federal Coordinating Council on Comparative Effectiveness Research to Hold Public Listening Session in Chicago on May 13
The Federal Coordinating Council for Comparative Effectiveness Research will hold its second public listening session on Wednesday, May 13, 2009, in Chicago.

May 06, 2009
Secretary Sebelius Highlights Two New Reports on Health Care Quality, Says Improving Quality is Key Component of Health Reform
At a speech before the AFSCME Nurses Conference Secretary Kathleen Sebelius today discussed two new HHS reports on the quality of health care in America and challenged hospitals to work to reduce health care associated infections. Published by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, the annual 2008 National Healthcare Quality Report and 2008 National Healthcare Disparities Report indicate that patient safety measures have worsened and that a substantial number of Americans do not receive recommended care. Upon issuing the reports, Sebelius also announced the availability of $50 million in Recovery Act resources to fight health care associated infections and improve patient safety.

May 05, 2009
Statement by HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius and by Acting CDC Director Dr. Richard Besser Regarding the Change in CDC’s School and Child Care Closure Guidance
HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius and Acting Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Director Dr. Richard Besser announced new CDC guidance on closure of schools and child care facilities where there has been reported cases of the novel H1N1 flu virus.

May 04, 2009
HHS Releases New Report: Hard Times in the Heartland: Health Care in Rural America
Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius today released a new report, Hard Times in the Heartland: Health Care in Rural America, outlining the health care challenges facing rural communities.

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