SAMHSA announces webinar on substance use disorder confidentiality rule

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The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration will host a 90-minute webinar on its final rule on confidentiality of substance use disorder patient records. Participants may register to attend on March 17 or March 22 at 1 p.m. ET. The agency recently postponed the rule’s effective date... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: regulation, Behavioral health, HIPAA

SAMHSA delays implementation of substance use disorder confidentiality rule

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The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration today postponed the effective date of its final rule on confidentiality of substance use disorder patient records to March 21. The Office of Management and Budget last month published a memorandum calling for heads of executive departments and... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: regulation, Behavioral health, HIPAA

ITRC reports 377 health care data breaches in 2016

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The number of U.S. data breaches tracked in 2016 hit a record 1,093, including 377 incidents in the health care and medical field, according to a recent report by the Identity Theft Resource Center. Hacking/skimming/phishing attacks were the leading cause of data breach incidents for the eighth... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: Cybersecurity, HIPAA

OCR announces HIPAA breach notification rule settlement

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The Department of Health and Human Services’ Office for Civil Rights this week announced the first Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act settlement based on the untimely reporting of a breach of unsecured protected health information. Chicago-based Presence Health agreed to settle potential... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: regulation, HIPAA

GAO: HHS should update its guidance for protecting electronic health information

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The Department of Health and Human Services has established guidance for use by covered entities in their efforts to comply with Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act requirements regarding the privacy and security of protected health information, but it does not address all elements called... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: Cybersecurity, HIPAA

CMS launches updated administrative simplification website

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The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services has revamped its website on administrative simplification, at go.CMS.gov/AdminSimp. Topics include electronic transactions, code sets, operating rules, unique identifiers and enforcement. The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 and... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: administrative simplification, HIPAA

ONC issues patient portal engagement tool, videos

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The Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology today released a “Patient Engagement Playbook” tool to help health care practices, hospital administrators and others use patient portals to engage patients in their health and care. “A... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: EHRs, Electronic Health Records, HIPAA, patient and family engagement

AHA, others urge Congress to reform substance use privacy laws

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As legislation to address the opioid crisis moved to the floor, AHA and others yesterday urged House leaders to align privacy laws governing substance use disorder patient records with Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act rules that allow the use and disclosure of patient information for... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: regulation, Behavioral health, HIPAA

AHA urges SAMHSA to align substance abuse confidentiality requirements with HIPAA

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Proposed revisions to the regulation governing the confidentiality of substance use disorder patient records do not eliminate current barriers that impede the sharing of information essential for clinical care coordination and population health improvement in today’s patient care environment, the AHA... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: regulation, Behavioral health, HIPAA

Senate HELP Committee approves Mental Health Reform Act

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The Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee today approved the Mental Health Reform Act (S. 2680). Among other provisions, the bill would establish a chief medical officer at the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration to promote the use of evidence-based practices and... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: Electronic Health Records, Medicaid, Mental health, Behavioral health, HIPAA, opioids

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