By Matt Fisher – The increasing polarization of views around different forms of healthcare is placing the privacy of healthcare information in the spotlight. References to HIPAA are littered across social media, regardless of whether the use is accurate or not.Read More
HIPAA Privacy Rule
By Matt Fisher – Social media and healthcare can be a productive combination, but not when patient information is involved. The power and reach of social media are nothing new, nor is the concern about the ready ability to spread misinformation.
By Matt Fisher – The Office for Civil Rights continues its focus on compliance with the right of access under the HIPAA Privacy Rule. The latest settlement represents the 44th instance since OCR announced the first right of access settlement in 2019.
By Art Gross – When it comes to HIPAA compliance, it’s easy to feel as if you’re being pulled in a million different directions at once. In part, this could be due to the fact that there are 4 different rules that go into HIPAA: the Privacy Rule, the Security Rule, the Breach Notification Rule, and the Omnibus Rule.
By Rachel Nelson & Kathryn Marchesini – We often get asked about how ONC’s information blocking regulations and HHS’ Office for Civil Rights’ HIPAA Privacy, Security, and Breach Notification Rules interact with one another. To help clarify, ONC just released a few new information blocking FAQs that illustrate how the federal regulations interact.
By Matt Fisher – You go to a website and begin looking around for a healthcare product. In the current times, that can mean searching for a prescription drug that is not permitted in certain states or trying to get easier access because going to a doctor’s office doesn’t fit in with a busy or really many regular schedules.
By Matt Fisher – Covered entities as defined by HIPAA come in various types and shapes. It is not just a physician’s office or a hospital. Any entity that provides healthcare services and bills insurance (very gross oversimplification) can and likely does qualify as a covered entity.
By Matt Fisher – The Office for Civil Rights recently provided new lessons when it comes to mixing healthcare marketing and HIPAA. In this case, marketing is being looked at broadly to include not just communications or interactions about an organization subject to HIPAA, but also limits on the use of patient information outside the bounds of the organization.
By Art Gross – Recently the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) along with the Office for Civil Rights issued an announcement regarding extreme risk protection order laws and the disclosure of protected health information.