Recent Publications - Carol A. Hyde


OCR Pushes Back Against Discriminatory State Triaging Guidelines
April 21, 2020 | Health Services
Two recent decisions of the Department of Health and Human Services Office for Civil Rights (OCR) illustrate that age and disability status cannot be used as blanket criteria for denying access to health care services, even during a pandemic. This should serve as a warning to healthcare providers about the risks in making triage decisions …
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CMS Updates Its Position on Texting Patient Information
January 11, 2018 | Health Services
Recognizing that texting has become a valuable and essential means of communication among providers, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) recently issued new guidance regarding its position on texting of patient information. The guidance clarifies that texting patient information may be permissible if certain security standards are met, but it also distinguishes between …
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Substance Use Providers Beware: New Patient Record Release Requirements
December 13, 2017 | Health Services
Substance use treatment providers and rehabilitation centers should use caution when reviewing and approving written consents for the disclosure of substance use patient records, specifically consents authorizing disclosure to government agencies, as such requests frequently do not comply with new SAMHSA regulations. On January 18, 2017, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) …
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