Our partner Elizabeth Litten and I were once again quoted by our good friend Marla Durben Hirsch in her recent articles in Medical Practice Compliance Alert entitled “Misapplication of Internet Application Triggers $218,400 Settlement” and “Protect Patient Data on the Internet with These 6 Steps.”
The House of Representatives Energy and Commerce Committee issued a report late last week that the information security of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has substantial weaknesses.
The process for studying the potential medical benefits of marijuana became more streamlined on Tuesday, when the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services eliminated a controversial requirement for Public Health Service review of non-federally funded research protocols involving marijuana.
Last week the Departments of Labor, Health and Human Services and Treasury (“Departments”) issued final regulations that included additional rules relating to the summary of benefits and coverage (SBC).
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (“HHS”) will be heading back to District Court—and likely the drawing board altogether—to grapple with a recent federal court holding that the Medicare equipment lease rule is probably illegal.
Last week, HHS’s Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation published a Report offering health plan enrollment data for the state-based insurance marketplaces authorized by the Affordable Care Act (“Marketplaces”).
The OIG has released its “Compendium of Priority Recommendations,” which lists 25 priority issues for which the OIG has open recommendation and that, if implemented, would best protect the integrity of HHS programs.
The Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC), in collaboration with the HHS Office for Civil Rights (OCR), recently released a jointly developed tool designed to assist small and medium sized practices (one to ten healthcare providers) in conducting security risk assessments (the “SRA Tool”).