Unauthorized Disclosure of Patients’ Protected Health Information During ABC Television Filming Results in Multiple HIPAA Settlements Totaling $999,000

21. September 2018 EHR, EMR, Health, HIPAA 0
Today, the Department of Health and Human Services, Office for Civil Rights (OCR) announced that it has reached separate settlements with Boston Medical Center (BMC), Brigham and Women’s Hospital (BWH), and Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) for compromising the privacy of patients’ protected health information (PHI) by inviting film crews on premises to film an ABC ...

HHS Sponsors Development of Intranasal Form of Long-acting Opioid Overdose Drug

21. September 2018 EHR, EMR, Health, HIPAA 0
To help save lives in the current opioid epidemic or following a deliberate attack, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) will work with Opiant Pharmaceuticals of Santa Monica, California, to develop a fast-acting, long-lasting intranasal, potentially improved form of an opioid overdose drug. “The life-saving drug naloxone, while effective, often must be ...

Surgeon General Releases Spotlight on Opioids

21. September 2018 EHR, EMR, Health, HIPAA 0
Facing Addiction in America: The Surgeon General’s Spotlight on Opioids calls for a cultural shift in the way Americans talk about the opioid crisis and recommends actions that can prevent and treat opioid misuse and promote recovery. The Spotlight – the Surgeon General’s newest update on opioid addiction – also provides the latest data on ...

HHS Deputy Secretary Hargan Announces Collaboration to Accelerate Innovation and Investment in Healthcare

20. September 2018 EHR, EMR, Health, HIPAA 0
Today, Health and Human Services Deputy Secretary Eric Hargan announced the creation of the Deputy Secretary’s Innovation and Investment Summit (DSIIS). The DSIIS will be a yearlong collaboration between healthcare innovation and investment professionals and HHS personnel who will meet quarterly to discuss the innovation and investment landscape within the healthcare sector, emerging opportunities, and ...

HHS Awards Over $1 Billion to Combat the Opioid Crisis

20. September 2018 EHR, EMR, Health, HIPAA 0
HHS Awards Over $1 Billion to Combat the Opioid Crisis
This week, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services awarded over $1 billion in opioid-specific grants to help combat the crisis ravaging our country. The awards support HHS’s Five-Point Opioid Strategy, which was launched last year and enhanced this week. New data unveiled recently by HHS suggests that efforts are now yielding progress at ...

First Comprehensive HHS Data Sharing Report Released

18. September 2018 EHR, EMR, Health, HIPAA 0
Today, the Office of the Chief Technology Officer published a comprehensive report of the data sharing environment at the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services (HHS). The report explores the challenges of sharing data between HHS agencies: https://www.hhs.gov/idealab/data-insights/ Led by HHS Chief Data Officer Dr. Mona Siddiqui, a small team of HHS staff interviewed ...

SAMHSA’s Annual Mental Health, Substance Use Data Provide Roadmap for Future Action

15. September 2018 EHR, EMR, Health, HIPAA 0
Today the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration released the 2017 National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH). The annual survey comprises highly anticipated data that help provide a statistical context for the country’s opioid crisis and other behavioral health matters. “SAMHSA’s National Survey on Drug Use and Health contains annual data that ...

OCR Issues Guidance to Help Ensure Equal Access to Emergency Services and the Appropriate Sharing of Medical Information During Hurricane Florence

14. September 2018 EHR, EMR, Health, HIPAA 0
As Hurricane Florence makes landfall, the HHS Office for Civil Rights (OCR) and its federal partners remain in close coordination to help ensure that emergency officials effectively address the needs of at-risk populations as part of disaster response.  To this end, emergency responders and officials should consider adopting, as circumstances and resources allow, the following ...

HHS Secretary Azar Declares Public Health Emergency in Virginia Due to Hurricane Florence

13. September 2018 EHR, EMR, Health, HIPAA 0
Health and Human Services Secretary Alex M. Azar today declared a public health emergency in Virginia to prepare for potential impacts of Hurricane Florence. The declaration follows President Trump’s emergency declaration for the state and gives Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ (CMS) beneficiaries and their healthcare providers and suppliers greater flexibility in meeting emergency ...