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

July 7, 2016  |  Rajiv Leventhal
commentary
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
news
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
news
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
news
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
news
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FDA Issues Draft Guidance Encouraging Device Makers to Share Data with Patients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
news
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration released draft guidance clarifying that device manufacturers may share patient-specific information from medical devices with patients when the patients request it.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
news
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
news
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.

DirectTrust Launches Patient-Centered HIE for Secure Sharing of Medical Records

June 1, 2016  |  Heather Landi
news
DirectTrust announced the launch of the Partnership for Patients Program (P4PP) with the aim of improving the secure exchange of protected health information (PHI) between patients and providers.

Arizona HIE Integration Plan Supported by Regional Behavioral Health Authorities

May 31, 2016  |  Rajiv Leventhal
news
Arizona’s three regional behavioral health authorities (RBHAs) have joined in a statewide plan to integrate physical and behavioral health in the statewide health information exchange (HIE), The Network, the Arizona Health-e Connection (AzHeC) announced last week.

Awareness and Training: First Steps to Protecting Visual Privacy

May 13, 2016  |  Kate Borten, founder of The Marblehead Group consultancy
article
While technical controls are indeed essential for protecting your organization’s most sensitive data, they by no means should be your only approach to ensuring data privacy. This is especially true when it comes to “visual” privacy.

As Opioid Legislation Moves Forward, AHA, Other Organizations Call for Changes to Part 2 Privacy Rules

May 13, 2016  |  Heather Landi
news
Several healthcare organizations are pressing federal legislators to amend the privacy laws of 42 CFR Part 2 to enable providers to access a patient’s entire medical record in order to better coordinate care for patients with substance use disorders.

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