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Regulatory Brief: Proposed Rule to Support Reproductive Health Privacy (April 2023)

Following the Supreme Court decision in Dobbs, President Biden directed that the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and the Federal Trade Commission review existing laws and regulations for opportunities to further bolster reproductive healthcare. This regulatory brief explains the April 2023 NPRM that was released as part of this initiative.

Reproductive Health NPRM

HIPAA vs. HITECH vs. Cures Act: A Fragmented Regulatory Landscape

The healthcare privacy landscape in the U.S. is fragmented, lacking a universal law and relying on a patchwork of federal and state regulations overseen by multiple agencies. This whitepaper sheds light on federal privacy laws, patient access regulations, and how the existing patchwork fails to offer comprehensive patient privacy protections. 

Reproductive Health NPRM

5 Common “Tells” of a Fraudulent Request

Fraudulent requests are a growing concern with far-reaching risks, from compromising sensitive patient data to violating privacy regulations and facing potential legal consequences. We compiled a list of “red flags” for the HI community as a reference to identify and stop these attacks.

Reproductive Health NPRM

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In the News

May 16, 2024 

OCR to Audit Health Care Orgs’ Cybersecurity

HIPAA Journal | HHS’ Office for Civil Rights Director Melanie Fontes Rainer says that periodic audits of HIPAA-regulated entities will resume this year to assess compliance with the HIPAA Security Rule. Investigations of data breaches have revealed failures to conduct comprehensive risk analyses, particularly at small and midsized organizations, and audits will focus on compliance with risk analysis requirements.

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May 13, 2024 

Supporting Information Privacy for Patients, Now and Always

Health IT Buzz | The Biden-Harris Administration announced a final rule strengthening HIPAA’s Privacy Rule, which prohibits the disclosure of protected health information. Compliance with this rule does not result in information blocking under ONC’s regulations, which are designed to align with these updates and ensure compliance with evolving privacy requirements.

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May 7, 2024 

47% of Data is Underutilized in Healthcare Decision-Making, Arcadia Study Reveals

HIT Consultant | A new study by Arcadia reveals that while 80% of healthcare leaders believe most of their data is accurate, a staggering 47% remains underutilized for critical clinical and business decisions. The report findings uncover a significant challenge – the immense potential of healthcare data remains largely untapped despite the rise of AI.

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April 22, 2024 

Biden-Harris Administration Issues New Rule to Support Reproductive Health Care Privacy Under HIPAA

US Department of Health and Human Services | “The Biden-Harris Administration is providing stronger protections to people seeking lawful reproductive health care regardless of whether the care is in their home state or if they must cross state lines to get it. With reproductive health under attack by some lawmakers, these protections are more important than ever,” HHS Secretary Xavier Becerra said.

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April 17, 2024 

ONC Releases New Test Kit Focused on Prior Authorization

Health IT Buzz | The DaVinci Prior Authorization Support Test Kit, a voluntary kit that has been rereleased by the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT, offers developers and those who implement health IT tools the ability to test IT systems’ support for prior authorization. The kit, which uses the HL7 Fast Healthcare Interoperability Resources standard, aims to help developers begin to test their prior authorization workflows, with a focus on FHIR-specific components.

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Liz McElhiney
Elizabeth McElhiney, MHA, CHPS, CPHIMS, CRIS
Director of Compliance
Elizabeth is responsible for the administration of Verisma’s privacy and compliance programs, working with clients to implement evidence-based best practices, and overseeing Verisma’s thought leadership initiatives. She has worked in HIM and ROI for over 14 years covering all areas of the industry from customer service to compliance. She currently sits on the Illinois Health Information Management Association (ilhima.org) and serves as delegate to the AHIMA House of Delegates. She is also the current Secretary for AHIOS. Ms. McElhiney holds a B.A. in Political Science from Illinois Wesleyan University and a master’s degree in health administration with a specialization in Health Informatics from Capella University.

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