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Population health, care coordination, and HIPAA: Do you need patient authorization or a business associate agreement?

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As more health care entities implement population health and care coordination initiatives, questions arise concerning the application of HIPAA to such efforts. Although HIPAA applies to protected health information used and shared by covered entities in connection with population health activities, in many circumstances HIPAA permits the use and sharing of such PHI without patient authorization or business associate agreements. READ MORE

10 cybersecurity tips for a safe holiday season

Jennifer Pike December 16, 2019
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Don’t let a cybersecurity incident ruin your holiday season. Follow these tips to help keep both your company-issued and personal devices and data safe during your holiday travels. READ MORE

HHS proposes significant changes to Stark, Anti-Kickback and CMP regulations

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On October 9, 2019, the DHSS proposed significant amendments to the Stark Law, Anti-Kickback Law and Civil Monetary Penalty Law. These proposed amendments are intended to modernize and clarify these laws, encourage value-based arrangements and care coordination and reduce some of the key burdens these laws impose on health care providers. READ MORE

HHS issues voluntary health care cybersecurity guidelines

Jennifer Pike Milada Goturi January 17, 2019
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The latest cybersecurity guidelines published by the Department of Health and Human Services, developed in response to a mandate of the Cybersecurity Act of 2015, provide healthcare organizations of all types and sizes with information on cybersecurity practices. READ MORE

OCR seeks public input on potential modifications to the HIPAA Rules

Jennifer Pike January 4, 2019
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The Office of Civil Rights has asked for public input how the agency might modify the HIPAA Privacy, Security and Breach Notification Rules in a Request for Information. The 50 questions in the RFI reveals notable insights for the OCR’s future plans to improve care coordination and reduce regulatory burdens. READ MORE