Delay of HIPAA Phase Two Audits: Preparing for the Inevitable

Delay of HIPAA Phase Two Audits: Preparing for the Inevitable

The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA) tasked the Office of Civil Rights (OCR) (the division of the Department of Health and Human Services responsible for enforcing the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) and regulations promulgated thereto) with conducting audits of covered entities and business associates for compliance with HIPAA. 

When HIPAA Applies to Patient Assistance Programs (and When It Doesn’t)

By | HIPAA, HITECH & HIT | March 6, 2015
When HIPAA Applies to Patient Assistance Programs (and When It Doesn’t)

Patient Assistance Programs (PAPs) have proliferated in recent years, despite the fact that many commonly-prescribed medications have lost patent protection and the Affordable Care Act (ACA) has attempted to eliminate pre-existing condition discrimination by insurance companies.  Still, drug costs remain unaffordable to many patients, particularly those with high-cost, chronic conditions, even when patients have insurance coverage.