The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 was enacted by the United States Congress and signed by President Bill Clinton in 1996. It has been known as the KennedyKassebaum Act or Kassebaum-Kennedy Act after two of its leading sponsors. Title I of HIPAA protects health insurance coverage for workers and their families when they change or lose their jobs. Title II of HIPAA, known as the Administrative Simplification (AS) provisions, requires the establishment of national standards for electronic health care transactions and national identifiers for providers, health insurance plans, and employers.
HIPAA Compliance: Protecting your patients health information is more difficult and more important than ever. HIPAA rules have been adopted which pertain to all Protected Health Information (PHI) including paper and electronic, as well as dealing specifically with Electronic Protected Health Information (EPHI).
Envoy Data has gone to great lengths to design-in solutions that are HIPAA compliant, and ready to easily be added to your existing infrastructure and make your company compliant with these government mandates.
The HITECH Act (Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health Act) requires entities covered by the HIPAA to report data breaches, which affect 500 or more persons, to the United States Department of Health and Human Services (U.S.HHS), to the news media, and to the people affected by the data breaches.
- Antitrust Class Action Against the American Osteopathic Association Survives Motion to DismissA New Jersey district court recently denied a motion to dismiss Talone, et. al. v. The American Osteopathic Association, an antitrust class action. The suit alleges that the physician association violated the Sherman Act by illegally tying osteopaths’ board certification to association membership. The defendant association moved to dismiss, arguing that plaintiffs, a group of... […]
- The Past, Present, and Future of Government Regulation of Off-Label Communications – Part 3This is Part 3 in my series exploring the history of FDA’s regulation of off-label communications, which has become newly relevant in light of the recent events highlighted in Part 1. In this installment, I continue describing how FDA’s regulatory scheme has persisted in light of the key First Amendment decisions involving off-label promotion. Even though FDA hesitated in and ultimately... […]
- Health Care Weekly Preview from ML Strategies – Week of June 19, 2017Our colleagues at ML Strategies have provided a Health Care Weekly Preview. This week’s preview describes health insurers’ marketplace applications as well as the American Health Care Act (AHCA). Stay tuned for additional updates and analysis from ML Strategies. The post Health Care Weekly Preview from ML Strategies – Week of June 19, 2017 appeared first on […]
- Private Needle Exchange Programs Do Not Require Local Approval: Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court Weighs InLast week, in a case being watched locally and nationally, the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court (“SJC”) ruled that local government approval is not required for the operation of a private needle exchange program and that the Town of Barnstable cannot bar such a program from operating. The ruling confirms that private needle exchange programs — an... […]
- SCOTUS Ruling Gives a Boost to Biosimilars; FDA Continues to Advance Products Through AdComsOn a sweltering hot D.C. morning, those of us anxiously awaiting the Supreme Court’s opinion in its first case involving biosimilar biological products finally exhaled. The June 12, 2017 opinion followed the parties’ oral arguments on the last day of the Court’s October 2016 Term, as we previously reported. With respect to both of the... […]
- OCR Publishes Checklist and Infographic for Cyber Attack ResponseOCR released a simple checklist and infographic last week to assist Covered Entities and Business Associates with responding to potential cyber attacks. As cybersecurity remains a pressing concern for health care entities, these guidance documents are a useful reminder of best practices that health care entities should have in place in case of a cybersecurity... […]
- Exclusive Network Agreements Gets Stamp of Approval from Seventh CircuitIn an opinion written by Judge Posner, the Seventh Circuit on Friday, June 9, 2017, affirmed OSF Saint Francis Medical Center’s summary judgment win in a $300 million antitrust suit brought by a smaller competitor alleging unlawful exclusive dealing and attempted monopolization. This alert discusses the Court’s decision in this case, which is a notable precedent... […]
- Healthcare Weekly Preview from ML Strategies – Week of June 12, 2017As we gear up for a busy week in Washington, D.C., our colleagues at ML Strategies have provided a Health Care Weekly Preview. This week’s preview describes upcoming hearing on safety net health programs and prescription drug costs along with the progress of the American Health Care Act. Stay tuned for additional updates and analysis from... […]
- Antitrust Suit Against Michigan Hospital Moves Forward After Federal District Court Denies Both Sides’ Motions for Summary JudgmentEarlier this week, my colleagues Bruce Sokler, Robert Kidwell, Dionne Lomax, and Farrah Short published an alert about the federal district court for the Eastern District of Michigan’s recent decision to deny both the government’s and defendant hospital’s respective motions for summary judgment in a suit filed by the Department of Justice and the Michigan... […]
- OIG Publishes Semiannual Report to CongressEarlier this month, the Office of the Inspector General for the Department of Health and Human Services (“OIG”) published its Semiannual Report to Congress covering the period from October 1, 2016 to March 31, 2017. The report describes OIG’s work and accomplishments during the 6-month reporting period. Like other OIG reports, including the annual OIG... […]