Posts Tagged ‘HIPAA’

New HIPAA Requirements Beginning This Week

September 25, 2013

The new HIPAA requirements go into effect this week with a compliance date of Monday, September 23. The final rule went into effect March 26, but gave covered entities and business associates 180 days to comply with its new regulations. The new rule modifies the privacy, security, and enforcement provisions of the law. The rule strengthens and expands the privacy and security protection for individuals’ health information; modifies breach notification; and expands requirements to business associates of covered entities that receive protected health information, such as contractors and subcontractors.  To view model Notice of Privacy forms and other useful health care provider HIPAA resources, simply visit HCAF’s members only resource page by clicking here.

A special thank you to HCAF’s Board of Director’s Secretary and Associate Member, Glenda Burke from Alternatives, A Consulting & Education Service, for providing HCAF members with the following sample Notice of Privacy Practices.

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Available Now: HCAF’s Summer Edition of The Florida Home Care Connection

June 20, 2013

Summer-2013-Florida-Home-Care-ConnectionThe Summer 2013 issue of The Florida Home Care Connection, HCAF’s official magazine, is now available online! This issue focuses on renewing yourself for the new age of home care, and features articles from leading industry professionals.

Check out what’s inside: (more…)

Elizabeth Hogue on HIPAA Allowing Disclosure of Information When Risk of Danger is Present (Part 6)

June 19, 2013

On January 15, 2013, the Office of Civil Rights, the enforcer of HIPAA, published a letter that clarifies that providers may disclose information when there is a risk of danger. Specifically, providers may disclose necessary information about patients to law enforcement, family members of patients, or other persons when providers believe that patients present serious danger to themselves or to other people.

The letter goes on to say that: (more…)

Elizabeth Hogue on New HIPAA Rules: Breach Notification (Part 5)

May 28, 2013

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has issued final rules to:

  • Modify the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) Privacy, Security and Enforcement Rules to implement statutory amendments under the Health Information Technology Economic and Clinical Health Act (HITECH Act) to strengthen the privacy and security protection for individuals’ health information;
  • Modify the rule for Breach Notification for Unsecured Protected Health Information (Breach Notification Rule) under the HITECH Act to address public comments received on the interim final rule;
  • Modify the HIPAA Privacy Rule to strengthen the privacy protections for genetic information by implementing section 105 of Title 1 of the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act of 2008 (GINA); and
  • Make other modifications to the HIPAA Privacy, Security, Breach Notification and Enforcement Rules to improve their workability and effectiveness, and to increase flexibility and decrease burden on regulated entities.

The final rules were published in the Federal Register on January 25, 2013, and will be effective on March 26, 2013. Covered entities and business associates must comply with the final rules by September 23, 2013. This is the fifth in a series of articles that will address key provisions of the rules, their impact on post-acute providers, and practical solutions for compliance. (more…)

Elizabeth Hogue on New HIPAA Rules: Access by Individuals (Part 4)

April 29, 2013

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has issued final rules to:

  • Modify the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) Privacy, Security and Enforcement Rules to implement statutory amendments under the Health Information Technology Economic and Clinical Health Act (HITECH Act) to strengthen the privacy and security protection for individuals’ health information;
  • Modify the rule for Breach Notification for Unsecured Protected Health Information (Breach Notification Rule) under the HITECH Act to address public comments received on the interim final rule;
  • Modify the HIPAA Privacy Rule to strengthen the privacy protections for genetic information by implementing section 105 of Title 1 of the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act of 2008 (GINA); and
  • Make other modifications to the HIPAA Privacy, Security, Breach Notification and Enforcement Rules to improve their workability and effectiveness, and to increase flexibility and decrease burden on regulated entities. (more…)

Elizabeth Hogue on New HIPAA Rules: Disclosures and Revised Notices of Privacy Practices (Part 3)

March 28, 2013

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has issued final rules to:

  • Modify the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) Privacy, Security and Enforcement Rules to implement statutory amendments under the Health Information Technology Economic and Clinical Health Act (HITECH Act) to strengthen the privacy and security protection for individuals’ health information;
  • Modify the rule for Breach Notification for Unsecured Protected Health Information (Breach Notification Rule) under the HITECH Act to address public comments received on the interim final rule;
  • Modify the HIPAA Privacy Rule to strengthen the privacy protections for genetic information by implementing section 105 of Title 1 of the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act of 2008 (GINA); and
  • Make other modifications to the HIPAA Privacy, Security, Breach Notification and Enforcement Rules to improve their workability and effectiveness, and to increase flexibility and decrease burden on regulated entities. (more…)

Elizabeth Hogue on New HIPAA Rules and Business Associates (Part 2)

February 18, 2013

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has issued final rules to:

  • Modify the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) Privacy, Security and Enforcement Rules to implement statutory amendments under the Health Information Technology Economic and Clinical Health Act (HITECH Act) to strengthen the privacy and security protection for individuals’ health information.
  • Modify the rule for Breach Notification for Unsecured Protected Health Information (Breach Notification Rule) under the HITECH Act to address public comments received on the interim final rule;
  • Modify the HIPAA Privacy Rule to strengthen the privacy protections for genetic information by implementing section 105 of Title 1 of the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act of 2008 (GINA); and
  • Make other modifications to the HIPAA Privacy, Security, Breach Notification and Enforcement Rules to improve their workability and effectiveness, and to increase flexibility and decrease burden on regulated entities.
  • The final rules were published in the Federal Register on January 25, 2013, and will be effective on March 26, 2013. Covered entities and business associates must comply with the final rules by September 23, 2013. This is the second in a series of articles that will address key provisions of the rules, their impact on post-acute providers, and practical solutions for compliance. (more…)

HHS Issues HIPAA Final Rule

February 18, 2013

The Department of Health & Human Services has issued the long-awaited HIPAA final entitled: Modifications to the HIPAA Privacy, Security, Enforcement, and Breach Notification Rules Under the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health Act and the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act; Other Modifications to the HIPAA Rules; Final Rule.

This notice is comprised of four final rules: (more…)

Elizabeth Hogue Weighs in on the New HIPAA Rules (Part 1)

January 22, 2013

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has issued final rules to:

  • Modify the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) Privacy, Security and Enforcement Rules to implement statutory amendments under the Health Information Technology Economic and Clinical Health Act (HITECH Act) to strengthen the privacy and security protection for individuals’ health information;
  • Modify the rule for Breach Notification for Unsecured Protected Health Information (Breach Notification Rule) under the HITECH Act to address public comments received on the interim final rule;
  • Modify the HIPAA Privacy Rule to strengthen the privacy protections for genetic information by implementing section 105 of Title 1 of the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act of 2008 (GINA); and
  • Make other modifications to the HIPAA Privacy, Security, Breach Notification and Enforcement Rules to improve their workability and effectiveness and to increase flexibility and to decrease burden on regulated entities. (more…)

CMS to Replace Common Working File with HETS

January 16, 2013

In a recent MedLearn Matters article, the Centers for Medicare Services (CMS) advised health care providers, suppliers and their vendors that the Common Working File (CWF) that is currently used to obtain Medicare health insurance eligibility information will be replaced with the Medicare Health Insurance Portability and Accountability (HIPAA) Eligibility Transaction System (HETS). By April 2013, access to CWF eligibility query functions implemented in the Fiscal Intermediary Standard System (FISS) will be terminated. Providers should begin to take steps to prepare for this change. (more…)