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ONC Issues Report to Congress on Policy Gaps for Security, Privacy of mHealth Data

July 19, 2016  |  Heather Landi
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The federal government needs to address large gaps in policies around health data access, security and privacy with regard to mobile health apps and health social media, according to a new ONC report issued to Congress.

Washington Debrief: Senate Bill Would Make MU Changes; MACRA Timeline May Change

July 18, 2016  |  Leslie Kriegstein, Vice President of Congressional Affairs, CHIME
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A bill introduced into the Senate last week would add significant flexibility for Meaningful Use program participants in three key ways.

New House Appropriations Committee Bill Offers Hope for Patient Matching Solution

July 13, 2016  |  Rajiv Leventhal
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Language from the most recent House Appropriations Committee subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education bill offers some clarity regarding the restrictions on the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to use federal funds on a...

HHS OCR Issues Guidance on Ransomware Attacks and HIPAA Breaches

July 12, 2016  |  Heather Landi
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Is a ransomware attack on a healthcare organization’s computer system a breach under the HIPAA Privacy Rule? If the electronic protected health information (ePHI) has been encrypted as a result of ransomware, then yes, according to newly released guidance from...

In Vermont, an Opt-In versus Opt-Out HIE Debate

July 7, 2016  |  Rajiv Leventhal
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A recent article in VT Digger, an independent organization covering investigative news in the state, revealed a stimulating story about concern regarding health information exchange (HIE) patient privacy.

CMS Expands Access to Medicare Claims Data for Qualified Entities

July 5, 2016  |  Rajiv Leventhal
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The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has finalized new rules that will expand access to analyses and data with the aim to help providers, employers, and others make more informed decisions about care delivery and quality improvement.

Catholic Health Care Services Agrees to $650,000 HIPAA Violation Settlement

July 1, 2016  |  Heather Landi
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Catholic Health Care Services of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia (CHCS) will pay $650,000 as part of a settlement for potential violations of the HIPAA Security Rule stemming from a data breach due to the theft of a CHCS mobile device.

Legislators Urge OCR to Treat Ransomware Attacks as Breaches under HITECH Regulations

July 1, 2016  |  Heather Landi
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At least two lawmakers are calling on federal regulators to treat ransomware attacks as breaches under the HITECH Act, and, in a letter, recommend guidance that “aggressively requires reporting of ransomware attacks to regulators.”

AHA: Mental Health Reform Bill Does Not Go Far Enough to Modernize “Part 2,” Eliminate Barriers to Data Sharing

June 16, 2016  |  Heather Landi
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The Helping Families in Mental Health Crisis Act, H.R. 2646, passed the U.S. House Energy and Commerce Committee this week and will move to the House floor, but the American Hospital Association voiced disappointment that the bill did not address patient privacy...

FDA Issues Draft Guidance Encouraging Device Makers to Share Data with Patients

June 10, 2016  |  Heather Landi
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The U.S. Food and Drug Administration released draft guidance clarifying that device manufacturers may share patient-specific information from medical devices with patients when the patients request it.

HHS Releases Online Resources Focused on Patient Engagement and Patients’ Rights Under HIPAA

June 2, 2016  |  Heather Landi
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The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services developed a series of videos aimed at clarifying patients’ rights to see and get copies of their health information under the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA).

Report: NFL Players’ Medical Records Stolen from Trainer’s Car

June 2, 2016  |  Rajiv Leventhal
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Thousands of National Football League (NFL) players’ paper and electronic medical records dating from 2004 were stolen from a Washington Redskins’ trainer’s car earlier this year, according to a report from sports and news media site Deadspin.

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