AHA recommends federal actions to address opioid crisis

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Eliminating the Medicaid Institutions for Mental Disease exclusion for adults under age 65 would help improve access to treatment for those with severe or complex substance use disorders, AHA told the Senate Health, Education, Labor & Pensions Committee today in a statement submitted for a hearing on the... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: maternal health, infant health, Medicaid, Behavioral health, HIPAA, opioids

HHS withdraws three proposed rules, including drug payment model

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The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services today officially withdrew its proposal to test new models for how Medicare Part B pays for prescription drugs provided in physician offices and hospital outpatient departments. AHA had expressed concerns with the proposed rule and its inclusion of hospitals,... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: Medicare, Medicaid, regulation, HIPAA

HHS announces additional hurricane waivers, resources

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Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price Friday declared public health emergencies in Georgia and South Carolina due to Hurricane Irma, and waived or modified certain Medicare, Medicaid and Children’s Health Insurance Program requirements to ensure sufficient health care items and services are... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: Emergency Preparedness, access, disaster readiness, regulation, Behavioral health, HIPAA

HHS eases certain provider requirements due to hurricane emergencies

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Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price yesterday declared a public health emergency in Florida due to Hurricane Irma, and waived or modified certain Medicare, Medicaid and Children’s Health Insurance Program requirements to ensure sufficient health care items and services are available. The... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: child health, Emergency Preparedness, Medicare, Medicaid, regulation, HIPAA

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

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