Dec 12th, 2017
The “Administrative Simplification: Certification of Compliance for Health Plans” proposed rule has been withdrawn. Although health plans still must comply with HIPAA electronic transaction regulations, they do not have to certify their compliance or else be fined. HHS Backs Down on Certification The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) published the proposed rule Jan. 2, ...
Dec 5th, 2017
How to fulfill their legal right, legally. Patients have a federal right to “request to amend” their medical record. This right is conferred by the Standards for Privacy of Individually Identifiable Health Information, otherwise known as the HIPAA Privacy Rule of 2001 (45 C.F.R. § 164.526). Let’s review legal details so you can best formulate ...
Understand regulations, so providers can structure services and share information with other providers without fear of violating laws. By Steve Wong, JD, RHIA, CHC, CPCO, CCA, and Julia Weisner, JD Healthcare providers are heavily regulated by federal and individual state laws governing the confidentiality of patients’ mental/behavioral health (MBH) and substance use disorder (SUD) information. T...
Aug 10th, 2017
Telepsychology is a way to treat more patients in more areas. There are patients who live in rural areas where access to treatment is not feasible, and there are others who are disabled and cannot get around. For them, telepsychology is a good option. And sometimes, the patient feels more at ease being in their ...
In Audit
Jul 13th, 2017
Think your healthcare covered entity doesn’t need to establish and maintain Business Associate Agreements (BAA) with companies who can access your patients’ protected health information (PHI)? Think again. Cases in Point March 2016 — North Memorial Health Care agreed to pay the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) $1,550,000 to settle charges that it potentially ...