On February 5, 2016, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) issued proposes changes to the Confidentiality of Alcohol and Drug Abuse Patient Records regulations, also known as “Part 2 records” which were published in the Federal Register on February 9, 2016.
For only the second time in its history (following the $4.3 million Cignet case) the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Office of Civil Rights (OCR) imposed civil money penalties (CMPs) on a company for violating the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability (HIPAA) Privacy Rule.
Pharmaceutical manufacturer discount card usage by government program beneficiaries has been an active area for government action in recent years.
Recent enforcement actions by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (“HHS”) Office for Civil Rights (“OCR”) have highlighted that, not surprisingly, Covered Entities should not leave medical records in a physician’s driveway and should not dispose of protected health information (“PHI”) in a dumpster.
U.S. Departments of Education and Health and Human Services Issues Joint Policy Letter On Improving School-Based Health
The United States Departments of Education and Health and Human Services (the “Departments”) recently issued a joint policy letter emphasizing the importance of improving school-based health through the use of partnerships between health and education agencies.
On January 6, 2016, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) released a modification to the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) removing barriers to reporting federal mental health prohibitor status for gun background check purposes.
The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Office of Inspector General (OIG) posted two similar advisory opinions on January 4, 2016, regarding nonprofit, tax-exempt organizations and the financial assistance they give to the needy for their healthcare.
On January 7, 2015, HHS issued new guidance (Guidance) regarding an individual’s right to access his or her health information under HIPAA’s Privacy Rule. The Guidance emphasizes that HIPAA, while protecting the privacy and confidentiality of individuals’ health information, also recognizes the importance of providing individuals with access to their health information.