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.
- The Administration’s Budget Proposal for FY2019Today, the White House released its FY 2019 budget proposal, outlining its policy priorities for the fiscal year. In health care, the President’s budget focuses on prescription drug pricing and opioid funding. It included a number of legislation proposals relating to Medicare Part D, as well as the creation of a Medicaid demonstration allowing states... […]
- ML Strategies Health Care Preview – Week of February 12thThis week, the President’s FY 2019 budget will be released, and the Administration will spend the next couple of weeks touting its goals. How this activity is received in Congress will play out in various committee hearings, as will issues like drug pricing, which the Administration is closely examining. On the regulatory side, is this the... […]
- The New Extender TimelineBased on the most up-to-date information on the budget deal, we have developed a new timeline for the major health care extenders. This new timeline is important because these provisions were once all tied together and now, they are not. Click here for the health care extender timeline. *Note this post assumes the budget deal will pass... […]
- Mintz Levin’s Health Care Enforcement Defense Group Releases New Qui Tam UpdateMintz Levin’s Health Care Enforcement Defense Group recently published its most recent Health Care Qui Tam Update. This Update analyzes the 47 health care-related qui tam cases unsealed in August and September 2017. Highlights from this Update include: a relatively high rate of intervention; cases filed in 30 different courts; cases brought against a variety of different... […]
- CMS Releases Advance Notice and Call Letter for Medicare Advantage and Part DLate last week, CMS released the Advance Notice of Methodological Changes for Calendar Year (CY) 2019 for Medicare Advantage (MA) Capitation Rates, Part C and Part D Payment Policies and 2019 draft Call Letter (Advance Notice and Call Letter). The Advance Notice and Call Letter should be read hand-in-hand with the Advance Notice of Methodological Changes for... […]
- February 5, 2018 Continuing Resolution: Health Care ProvisionsLate Monday night (February 5, 2018), the House of Representatives released a continuing resolution to keep the government funded and running until March 23, 2018. This CR includes many health care related provisions, specifically many of the health care “minibus” riders. In the chart below we summarize major health care provisions in this CR specific to the... […]
- ML Strategies Health Care Preview – Week of February 5thThis week, Congress needs to pass a government funding bill by Thursday. Will we get a final budget deal or another continuing resolution? There are still several important health care programs that need to be addressed as well as health care initiatives that have bipartisan support and could find their way into a deal. The... […]
- A Guide to New Jersey’s New Limits on Pharmaceutical Industry Payments to PrescribersThe pharmaceutical industry is facing new limits on payments to prescribers in New Jersey. Earlier this month the state’s Division of Consumer Affairs finalized sweeping new rules prohibiting some types of payments and capping others. New Jersey now joins the ranks of other states, like California and Massachusetts, with specific payment prohibitions between manufacturers and prescribers.... […]
- Perspective on DOJ Pivot on FCA Enforcement PolicyTwo new DOJ policies about False Claims Act enforcement became public last week. First, DOJ’s Associate Attorney General announced a new civil enforcement policy that instructs False Claims Act litigators not to use any sub-regulatory guidance to create legal obligations. Second, we learned that DOJ’s Civil Fraud section instructed all False Claims Act litigators to consider... […]
- ML Strategies Health Care Preview – Week of January 29thThis week, President Trump will deliver his first State of the Union address to a joint session of Congress. Following his speech, both parties will leave town for party retreats where they will discuss priorities for the year ahead. The immediate concern is the government funding deadline of February 8th, which will need to be... […]