HHS seeks public input on improving care coordination and reducing the regulatory burdens of the HIPAA Rules

13. December 2018 EHR, EMR, Health, HIPAA 0
 Today, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), Office for Civil Rights (OCR), issued a Request for Information (RFI) seeking input from the public on how the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) Rules, especially the HIPAA Privacy Rule, could be modified to further the HHS Secretary’s goal of promoting coordinated, value-based ...

Colorado hospital failed to terminate former employee’s access to electronic protected health information

12. December 2018 EHR, EMR, Health, HIPAA 0
Pagosa Springs Medical Center (PSMC) has agreed to pay $111,400 to the Office for Civil Rights (OCR) at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and to adopt a substantial corrective action plan to settle potential violations of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) Privacy and Security Rules.  PSMC is a critical ...

HHS Announces CHPL Data Challenge Winners

07. December 2018 EHR, EMR, Health, HIPAA 0
The U.S. Department of Health and Humans Services’ Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) today announced the winners of the Certified Health IT Product List (CHPL) Data Challenge. Winning submissions to the challenge all showed how the CHPL data could be used and applied across the healthcare industry and could help provide ...

New HHS Checklist Helps First Responders Ensure Language Access and Effective Communication During Emergencies

05. December 2018 EHR, EMR, Health, HIPAA 0
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), Office for Civil Rights (OCR) has unveiled a plain language checklist to help first responders provide services to individuals with limited English proficiency and individuals with disabilities during emergency response and recovery efforts.  According to the U.S. Census Bureau, at least 350 languages are spoken across ...

Florida contractor physicians’ group shares protected health information with unknown vendor without a business associate agreement

05. December 2018 EHR, EMR, Health, HIPAA 0
Advanced Care Hospitalists PL (ACH) has agreed to pay $500,000 to the Office for Civil Rights (OCR) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and to adopt a substantial corrective action plan to settle potential violations of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) Privacy and Security Rules. ACH provides contracted ...

HHS Secretary Azar Declares Public Health Emergency in Alaska Due to Earthquake Damage

04. December 2018 EHR, EMR, Health, HIPAA 0
Following President Trump’s lead in declaring an emergency in Alaska after the Nov. 30 earthquake, Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Alex Azar today declared a public health emergency in Alaska. The declaration triggers other legal authorities that give the HHS Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) beneficiaries, their healthcare providers and suppliers greater ...

HHS Secretary Azar Praises Release of State Relief and Empowerment Waiver Concepts

30. November 2018 EHR, EMR, Health, HIPAA 0
On Thursday, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released four State Relief and Empowerment Waiver concepts that states can utilize, under Section 1332 of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), to design new approaches to make healthcare coverage more affordable and accessible in their communities. HHS Secretary Alex Azar issued the following statement regarding ...