More Time for Comments

By Art Gross – Last week, the Office for Civil Rights at the US Department of Health and Human Services announced that there would be a 45-day extension of the comment period for the public with regard to the Notice of Proposed Rulemaking on modifying the HIPAA Privacy Rule that was originally posted in December of 2020.

Meet the New HHS Secretary Xavier Becerra

Xavier Becerra has been confirmed as the 25th United States secretary of health and human services beginning on March 19, 2021. AMA, AHA, ATA along with dozens of other industry and professional organizations are standing by him and are ready to work with him.

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.

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.