CMS issues guidance on virtual credit cards, transaction fees

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The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services recently issued several Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act FAQs on virtual credit cards and electronic fund transfer fees. According to the FAQs, a health plan cannot require a provider to accept virtual credit card payments. A provider has the... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: Coverage, HIPAA

Legislation would align patient confidentiality regulations with HIPAA

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Reps. Tim Murphy (R-PA) and Earl Blumenauer (D-OR) Friday introduced the Overdose Prevention and Patient Safety Act (H.R. 3545), AHA-supported legislation that would align Part 2 federal regulations governing the confidentiality of substance use disorder treatment records with the Health Insurance... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: physicians, nurses, Behavioral health, HIPAA, care coordination, opioids

HIPAA settlement highlights need for security management process

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Metro Community Provider Network, a federally-qualified health center, has agreed to pay $400,000 and implement a corrective action plan to settle potential noncompliance with the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act privacy and security rules, the Department of Health and Human Services’... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tag: HIPAA

AHA urges Congress to provide resources to investigate, prevent cyber attacks

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The AHA today urged Congress to provide law enforcement and other appropriate agencies with the resources to investigate cyber attacks and proactively prevent them. In a statement shared with members of the House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations for a hearing on... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: Cybersecurity, preparedness, HIPAA

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

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