Electronic Health Records


Wearables Brands Fight for Healthcare Space
June 23, 2020 | Eric D. Fader | Electronic Health Records | Employer/Employee | Legislation and Public Policy | Medical Devices and Wearables | Telehealth
Manufacturers of activity trackers and smartwatches have been fighting over the “serious” healthcare market for several years. Companies such as Apple (previously discussed here), Fitbit (previously discussed here), and Garmin (previously discussed here) have all announced research partnerships with academic and clinical institutions to expand their businesses from the “exercise and fitness” market into healthcare …
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CARES Act: Behavioral Health and Substance Abuse Provisions
March 30, 2020 | Christopher J. Kutner | Behavioral Health | Electronic Health Records | HIPAA | Legislation and Public Policy | Telehealth
Several of the provisions in the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act) will help people with substance use disorders and the healthcare professionals who care for them. The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration will receive $425 million to address mental health and substance use disorder needs as a result of …
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CARES Act Changes Privacy Rules for Substance Use Disorder Records
March 30, 2020 | Ashley (Osadon) Algazi | Behavioral Health | Cybersecurity | Electronic Health Records | HIPAA | Legislation and Public Policy | Litigation | Telehealth
The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act), signed into law on March 27, made some substantial changes to the confidentiality rules for substance abuse and mental health records to bring them in line with HIPAA confidentiality rules. Among the changes, a covered entity or business associate may now use or disclose substance …
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HHS Issues Limited HIPAA Waiver for Coronavirus Emergency
March 17, 2020 | Eric D. Fader | Electronic Health Records | HIPAA | Legislation and Public Policy
As it has previously done for specific geographic areas affected by hurricanes, on March 15, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) issued a HIPAA Bulletin providing for a limited waiver of HIPAA sanctions and penalties for covered entities during the current COVID-19 (coronavirus) public health emergency. Such waiver is primarily intended to …
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CMS and ONC Release New Interoperability Rules
March 12, 2020 | Ada Kozicz | Electronic Health Records | HIPAA | Hospitals | Legislation and Public Policy | Medical Devices and Wearables | Medicare and Medicaid | Private Insurers | Telehealth
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) and Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) have finalized two highly anticipated rules that are intended to give patients “unprecedented safe, secure access to their health data.” ONC will establish a certification process for application programming interfaces (APIs) that will meet certain interoperability …
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AMA Issues Patient Records Access Playbook
February 27, 2020 | Eric D. Fader | Electronic Health Records | HIPAA | Legislation and Public Policy
On February 25, the American Medical Association (AMA) announced the release of its new Patient Records Electronic Access Playbook. The 100-page guide is intended to help physician practices navigate the legal and practical requirements of providing patients with access to their electronic health information. The Playbook discusses relevant provisions of HIPAA and points out many …
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Ransomware Attacks on Healthcare Industry Ramp Up
February 26, 2020 | Eric D. Fader | Cybersecurity | Electronic Health Records | HIPAA | Hospitals | Private Insurers
A recent article in HIPAA Journal, “Ransomware Attacks Have Cost the Healthcare Industry at Least $157 Million Since 2016,” discussed a new study by Comparitech that examined ransomware attacks on the healthcare industry. In the past three years, at least 172 ransomware attacks on healthcare entities in the U.S. have affected 1,446 facilities, providers and …
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Feb. 29 is Data Breach Reporting Deadline
February 20, 2020 | Eric D. Fader | Cybersecurity | Electronic Health Records | HIPAA | Legislation and Public Policy
The HIPAA Breach Notification Rule requires that smaller data breaches – those involving fewer than 500 patient records – must be reported to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) no later than 60 days after the end of the calendar year in which the breach occurred. This year, the reporting deadline is …
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HHS: No Exceptions to HIPAA Obligations for Coronavirus Info
February 14, 2020 | Eric D. Fader | Electronic Health Records | HIPAA | Hospitals | Legislation and Public Policy
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) recently issued a Bulletin confirming that healthcare entities’ HIPAA obligations continue to apply even in public health emergencies. The February 2020 “HIPAA Privacy and Novel Coronavirus” Bulletin reminds HIPAA covered entities and their business associates that HIPAA Privacy Rule and Security Rule requirements remain in place …
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OCR Modifies HIPAA Guidance for Sending PHI to Third Parties
February 12, 2020 | Ada Kozicz | Electronic Health Records | HIPAA | Legislation and Public Policy | Litigation
In response to a recent federal court decision, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Office for Civil Rights (OCR) has modified its guidance regarding certain obligations imposed on covered entities when responding to individuals’ requests to send their protected health information (PHI) to third parties. In short, covered entities are no longer required …
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