On April 14, 2016, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), Office for Civil Rights (OCR), entered into a $750,000 settlement with a North Carolina orthopaedic clinic arising from the clinic’s disclosure of x-ray films and related protected health information of 17,300 patients to an entity that was engaged by the clinic to transfer x-ray images to electronic media.
On April 27, 2016, the Department of Health & Human Services Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released its proposed rule regarding models for tying professional reimbursement to quality.
The Office for Civil Rights (OCR) at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has been busy. In addition to its recent efforts to begin audits of covered entities and business associates, OCR has announced a slew of enforcement actions against covered entities for alleged HIPAA violations.
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is reopening the comment period for the proposed rule titled “340B Drug Pricing Program Ceiling Price and Manufacturer Civil Monetary Penalties Regulation.”
Monday Morning Regulatory Review – 4/25/16: Medicare Reimbursements; Medical Facility Fire Safety; And More
This week’s highlights in regulatory practice seem to focus on periodic regulations from the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS).
Healthcare Providers, Health Plans, & Health Insurers – Are You Ready? HIPAA Phase 2 Audits Have Begun
Attention health care providers – both individuals and group practices – as well as health insurers, HMOs, self-funded health plans, clinics, nursing homes, pharmacies and other covered business entities – start checking your inboxes or your spam folders today: Phase 2 of the HIPAA Audit Program is here.
A group practice that was the victim of a silver-harvesting scam has agreed to pay the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (“HHS”) $750,000 to settle charges that it released protected health information (“PHI”) of its patients to a third party vendor without first obtaining a written business associate agreement.
The HHS Office for Civil Rights (OCR) has begun its effort to audit covered entities and business associates for compliance with HIPAA.
This week, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC or Commission) released an interactive tool (entitled the “Mobile Health Apps Interactive Tool”) that is intended to help developers identify the federal law(s) that apply to apps that collect, create and share consumer information, including health information.
Earlier this month the Department of Health and Human Services Office for Civil Rights (OCR) released a revamped audit protocol that now addresses the requirements of the 2013 Omnibus Final Rule.