Compliance & Legal

Roger Severino

OCR Director Roger Severino (Photo by Aaron P. Bernstein/Getty)

By Kat Jercich 03:52 pm December 18, 2020
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' Office of Civil Rights outlined several circumstances in which the disclosures of protected health information with public health authorities are permitted under HIPAA.
A telehealth consultation via laptop
By Kat Jercich 10:21 am December 14, 2020
In lieu of permanent policy change, industry groups urged legislators to extend temporary telehealth flexibilities through the end of 2021.
Seema Verma

CMS Administrator Seema Verma (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)

By Kat Jercich 11:43 am December 11, 2020
The proposed rule aims to enhance patient access and smooth API-enabled data exchange by requiring the use of specific HL7 FHIR implementation guides by payers.
HHS Secretary Alex Azar

HHS Secretary Alex Azar

By Mike Miliard 03:01 pm December 10, 2020
The new proposed rule would "break down barriers that have stood in the way of commonsense care coordination and value-based arrangements for far too long," says HHS Secretary Alex Azar.
Rep. Fred Upton

Rep. Fred Upton (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

By Kat Jercich 01:09 pm December 08, 2020
The representatives said they're optimistic about the legislation's forward movement, given President-Elect Joe Biden's support for the 21st Century Cures Act when he was last in the White House.
CMS Administrator Seema Verma

CMS Administrator Seema Verma (Photo by Tasos Katopodis/Getty Images)

By Kat Jercich 05:44 pm December 02, 2020
Although the American Telemedicine Association commended the agency's moves to expand some services, it urged CMS to reconsider its approach to remote patient monitoring.
A shadowy hand at a blue-tinted laptop
By Kat Jercich 10:47 am December 02, 2020
TechCrunch reports that the EHR and practice management vendor left sensitive patient information unencrypted and vulnerable to exposure on a Microsoft Azure-hosted server.
A telehealth consultation taking place on a tablet
By Kat Jercich 03:48 pm December 01, 2020
The National Governors Association released a white paper this week examining state policies around telehealth and outlining key considerations for governors to assess the potentia
Google Cloud HIMSS Booth
By Mike Miliard 03:45 pm November 30, 2020
Its Healthcare Interoperability Readiness Program aims to help healthcare organizations understand and prep for the new rules, assess their own interoperability maturity and build new API-based exchange capabilities. 
A healthcare provider in a mask enters data at a computer

(Photo by David Ryder/Getty Images)

By Kat Jercich 12:48 pm November 30, 2020
A new Science report highlights inconsistencies between HHS Protect's information and that from other sources, such as state public health agencies.