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HHS Proposes Access Report for Patients: Proposed changes to HIPAA Privacy Rule

The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is now reviewing comments from healthcare industry participants about its proposed rule to modify the standard for accounting of PHI disclosures under the HIPAA Privacy Rule.  HHS has proposed revising the Privacy Rule by dividing it into two separate rights for individuals: the right to an access

HHS to Cut Premiums for Patients with Pre-Existing Conditions

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced that it will cut premiums for patients with pre-existing conditions by about 20% in those states in which it operates its Pre-Existing Condition Insurance Plan.  In addition, HHS will ask those states that operate the program on their own to cut coverage rates as well.

Who cares? The FTC hopes you do!

The Federal Trade Commission has launched a site to provide older patients–and those who care for them–a reliable source of health information for such topics as healthcare agencies, medications, alternative therapies, and Medicare fraud. Physicians and healthcare providers are encouraged to direct patients to the FTC site in order to access accurate and updated information.

HHS to Host Medical Identity Theft Town Hall

As readers of this blog may recall, earlier this year, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology, asked the consulting group of Booz Allen Hamilton to perform an assessment and evaluation of United States’ medical identity theft problem. As part of this assessment and evaluation,

HHS Proposed Rule Causes Controversy

Yesterday’s blog discussed the background of HHS’ proposed rule, which would penalize institutions that discriminate against providers who refuse to refer patients to abortion providers. As promised, today we’ll focus on the details of the proposed rule, which is entitled “Ensuring that Department of Health and Human Services Funds Do Not Support Coercive or Discriminatory

HHS and ACOG Battle Over OB/GYN Conscience Rights

In a controversial move, last Thursday, HHS proposed regulations that would prevent healthcare providers from being compelled to refer patients to abortion providers if doing so would violate the provider’s conscience. Before diving into the proposed rule, let’s quickly consider the history of this issue. ACOG Opinion On November 7, 2007, the American College of