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.
- CBO Greenlights Telehealth Provisions in Senate’s CHRONIC Care ActLast week, the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) concluded that a key piece of telehealth legislation, the CHRONIC Care Act of 2017, would not, overall, increase or decrease Medicare spending. This score is significant as it marks the first time that CBO has concluded that providing enhanced Medicare coverage for telehealth services would be budget neutral... […]
- Seven Takeaways from the ABA National Institute On Health Care FraudOn May 17, 2017 the American Bar Association convened its 27th National Institute on Health Care Fraud. I have attended many of the past annual meetings, and always enjoy the presentations and the opportunity to network with colleagues from all sides of the aisle. And I always come away with a few nuggets to share... […]
- Hospital and its Clinic Agree to $34 Million Settlement to False Claims Act Allegation that Compensation to Oncologists Violated the Stark LawLast week, the Department of Justice (DOJ) entered into a $34 million settlement with Mercy Hospital Springfield (“Hospital”) of Springfield, Missouri, and its affiliate Mercy Clinic (“Clinic”). The settlement resolves an allegation that the Clinic violated the Stark Law by compensating twelve Clinic physicians in a manner that took into account the volume and value of... […]
- Trump Administration HHS 2018 BudgetOn May 23, the White House released its 2018 budget proposal, outlining its priorities for the upcoming fiscal year. In health care, the President has proposed cuts to several agencies and programs. The Administration’s annual budget is seen as a statement of policy, not necessarily a legislative proposal certain to become law. That said, ML... […]
- Health Care Weekly Preview from ML Strategies – Week of May 22, 2017Our ML Strategies colleagues have published a preview for another big week in health care. The American Health Care Act (AHCA) continues to be a big story as the Senate works on its version. This week we watch for updates on these items and how they might impact AHCA discussions: Cost-sharing reductions (CSRs) litigation on Monday President Trump’s... […]
- CMS Urged To Reverse Obama-Era Biosimilar Reimbursement PolicyA bipartisan congressional effort is underway to convince CMS to reverse its biosimilar reimbursement policy implemented under the Obama administration. We discussed the current reimbursement policy in a March 2016 blog post when CMS initially released the guidance. CMS implemented the controversial guidance as a final rule in October 2016. The current policy requires all... […]
- CMS Releases the Proposed Part D DIR Reporting Requirements for 2016Yesterday, CMS released the Proposed Part D DIR (Direct and Indirect Remuneration) Reporting Requirements for 2016 and postponed the 2016 DIR Reporting deadline. Each year, CMS releases Proposed Part D DIR Reporting Requirements for interested parties to review and comment on. The DIR Reporting Requirements tend to change slightly from year-to-year as the Part D program has developed... […]
- Memorial Hermann’s Use of Patient Name in Press Release Leads to $2.4 Million HIPAA SettlementThe U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office for Civil Rights (OCR) announced another large HIPAA-related settlement last week with Memorial Hermann Health System (Memorial Hermann), the largest not-for-profit health system in southeast Texas. Memorial Hermann agreed to pay $2.4 million and to comply with a corrective action plan after publicly disclosing a patient’s... […]
- ML Strategies Publishes Weekly Preview for the Week of May 15, 2017Our ML Strategies colleagues, Eli Greenspan, Katie Weider, and Rodney Whitlock, have published a new edition of the Health Care Weekly Preview. This edition covers upcoming hearings in the House, including one before the House Ways & Means Committee regarding expiring Medicare programs, as well as changes to Medicare’s payment system. It also covers an upcoming... […]
- FDA User Fee Legislation Moves Forward in Senate with Multiple Policy Riders On-BoardOn May 11, 2017, the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pension (HELP) Committee voted in support of the FDA Reauthorization Act of 2017, or FDARA, now formally moving through the legislative process as S. 934. The committee voted almost unanimously to move the bipartisan bill forward, with only Senator Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) and Senator Rand... […]