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.
- Supreme Court Hears Oral Argument in Amgen v. SandozRegular readers of our blog know that we’ve been following developments related to biosimilar products for some time (see our past coverage here). On April 26, 2017, the U.S. Supreme Court heard oral argument in its first case involving the Biologics Price Competition and Innovation Act (“BPCIA”), Amgen v. Sandoz. Our Intellectual Property colleague Thomas […]
- Join us for our Upcoming Webinar: Patient Assistance Programs & Government Enforcement: What You Need to KnowPatient assistance programs have been a staple within the health care industry for over a decade. These programs, operated by 503(c)(3) charities, may receive funding from pharmaceutical manufacturers or other providers to offer assistance to low-income patients in affording their medications, copayments, deductibles, premiums, or other related services. The Office of the Inspector General […]
- GAO Report: Medicare Reimbursement Policies Impede Telehealth AdoptionAlthough telehealth has the potential to improve or maintain quality of care for Medicare beneficiaries, payment and coverage restrictions create barriers that prevent providers from fully utilizing telehealth technologies. That is the core finding of a report issued by the Government Accountability Office (GAO) this month on telehealth and remote patient monitoring use for Medicare beneficiaries. The […]
- California Advances PBM Licensing and “Transparency” LawLast week, the California Assembly Committee on Business and Professions voted in favor of Assembly Bill 315. AB 315 seeks to amend the California Business and Professions Code: (a) to require PBMs to obtain licensure from the Board of Pharmacy, (b) to state that PBMs have fiduciary duties to their “purchaser” clients (i.e., health plans), […]
- Health Care Weekly Preview from ML Strategies – Week of April 24, 2017Today, our colleagues at ML Strategies provided another installment of their Health Care Weekly Preview. The preview highlights upcoming activity in the House and Senate and other hot topics on the Hill. Highlights this week include the potential of a government shutdown, uncertainty around cost-sharing reductions for the 2018 plan year, and scheduled mark-ups by […]
- A Spring Cheat Sheet to Congressional Health Care PolicyML Strategies has provided a Spring Cheat Sheet previewing the coming months in health care policy in the 115th Congress. The Cheat Sheet addresses attempts to amend the American Health Care Act, funding for the federal government, the heath insurance marketplace, FDA user fee acts, and the health care minibus. The full Cheat Sheet is […]
- Massachusetts Budget Process Continues with Impact on Health CareNext week, the Massachusetts House will continue the budget process and debate over 1000 amendments that members filed to the House Ways and Means Committee’s proposed $40.3 billion FY2018 budget. The Committee’s budget includes some notable departures from Governor Baker’s proposed budget, including changes to budget items impacting the health care industry. In an Alert […]
- Mintz Matrix Updated with New State Data Breach Notification LawsEarlier this week, the Mintz Levin privacy team updated the “Mintz Matrix,” a summary of the U.S. state data breach notification laws, with updates from New Mexico, Tennessee, and Virginia. As the privacy team reports, with New Mexico enacting a data breach notification law, only Alabama and South Dakota remain the only states without data breach notification […]
- New State Substitution Laws, and a Busy Spring for BiosimilarsWe recently updated our chart that tracks state biosimilar substitution laws to include new laws in Iowa and Montana. These new laws bring the total number of states with biosimilar substitution laws to 27, plus Puerto Rico. The latest version of our chart can be found here. As with the laws we’ve seen before, both […]
- The Health Care MinibusWelcome to Spring Break! That time of the year where college kids head to a beach somewhere, families pack up for some tourist trap to spend lots of money, and Congress gets out of DC and goes back home. This is also a time to consider where we are and where we are heading in […]