OCR Finds the State of California Violated Federal Law in Discriminating Against Pregnancy Resource Centers

19. January 2019 EHR, EMR, Health, HIPAA 0
Today the Office for Civil Rights (OCR) at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced that it found that the State of California violated the federal conscience protection laws known as the Weldon and Coats-Snowe Amendments. This is the first time since the launch of the new Conscience and Religious Freedom Division ...

HHS Is Committed to Protecting Life and Conscience

19. January 2019 EHR, EMR, Health, HIPAA 0
On the occasion of the 2019 March for Life, HHS Secretary Alex Azar released the following statement regarding the Trump administration’s accomplishments in protecting human life: “Promoting the dignity of human life from conception to natural death is one of the very top priorities of President Trump’s administration. At HHS, through our work in healthcare, ...

Pain Management Task Force calls for patient-centered approach to improve treatment of pain

29. December 2018 EHR, EMR, Health, HIPAA 0
The Pain Management Best Practices Inter-Agency Task Force (Task Force), in a draft report issued today, calls for individualized, patient-centered pain management to improve the lives of millions of individuals who experience acute and chronic pain. Members of the public will have 90 days to provide comments on the draft report’s proposed recommendations. The Task ...

HHS, in Partnership with Industry, Releases Voluntary Cybersecurity Practices for the Health Industry

29. December 2018 EHR, EMR, Health, HIPAA 0
On Friday, December 28, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) released the “Health Industry Cybersecurity Practices (HICP): Managing Threats and Protecting Patients” publication. The four volume publication, aims to provide voluntary cybersecurity practices to healthcare organizations of all types and sizes, ranging from local clinics to large hospital systems. The industry-led effort was ...

Readout of Initial Deputy Secretary’s Innovation and Investment Summit Meeting

21. December 2018 EHR, EMR, Health, HIPAA 0
On December 18, Deputy Secretary Eric Hargan and members of his team at the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) convened with members of the healthcare industry for the initial Deputy Secretary’s Innovation and Investment Summit (DSIIS) meeting. Leadership from HHS and representatives from various divisions provided Summit participants with educational content on how ...

HHS recommends prescribing or co-prescribing naloxone to patients at high risk for an opioid overdose

20. December 2018 EHR, EMR, Health, HIPAA 0
Adm. Brett P. Giroir, MD, assistant secretary for health and senior advisor for opioid policy, today released guidance for healthcare providers and patients detailing how naloxone – the opioid overdose reversal drug – can help save lives and should be prescribed to all patients at risk for opioid complications, including overdose. “Given the scope of ...

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 ...