Excerpt: One matter that has been brought to the committee’s attention is the applicability of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) and the HIPAA Privacy Rule on the ability of state and local governments to share mental health records with the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS). To read the letter, click here.
Excerpt: As part of the Committee’s investigation, we seek additional information to help us examine EPA’s current actions to address fraud and abuse and to ensure market integrity. To read the letter, click here.
Excerpt: After past tragedies, federal, state, and local entities have reviewed what steps should be taken to prevent future tragedies from occurring… A helpful starting point for the committee’s inquiry is to examine the current and past efforts by federal agencies, in particular those of HHS, to assess and improve upon our mental health system in reaction to previous tragedies.
Excerpt: The few communications FDA has produced to the committee from the account of one district office employee raise new and troubling questions about the agency’s oversight of NECC after the December 2006 Warning Letter up until the recent outbreak, including why FDA failed to re-inspect the company’s facility. FDA’s repeated inaction is even more troubling in that it runs counter to remarks you gave early in your tenure during a speech entitled, ‘Effective Enforcement and Benefit
To read EPA's February 1, 2013, response, click here. To read the committee's December 12, 2012, letter, click here.
Excerpt: By its inaction, HRSA essentially turned a blind eye to entities who no longer should have been participating in the 340B program, allowing them to improperly reap the benefits of deeply discounted 340B drugs. Only last year did HRSA finally begin to ensure that participants continued to be eligible. … Maintaining the integrity of the 340B program is of the upmost importance, and we trust that you share our concerns.