HHS Announces New Administration Staff Appointments

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has announced the Biden-Harris Administration appointments. The appointments represent both an experienced and diverse team committed to President Biden’s mission to end the COVID-19 pandemic, expand affordable health care and reduce costs, and advance equity.

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As the Rules Apply

By Art Gross – This week in HIPAA news we are shining a light on two rules that display the spectrum of ‘bending’ from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office for Civil Rights. The first, showing flexibility, announced that penalties with regard to HIPAA, as it pertains to the COVID-19 vaccination…

COVID-19 Report

We’ve rounded up some of the latest news and announcements pertaining to the coronavirus and the healthcare industry.

ONC Announces New Synthetic Health Data Challenge

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology announced the launch of the Synthetic Health Data Challenge. Synthetic health data is realistic (but not real) health record data that contains a complete medical history from birth to death.

Learn From Others

By Art Gross – The office for Civil Rights gathered information at the end of 2020 that is important for any covered entity or business associate that operates under HIPAA guidelines. Summarized in the U.S. Health and Human Service HIPAA Audits Industry Report, this data should be regarded as a useful tool for any business that deals with HIPAA, and one that they can learn from.