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Update: HHS Delays Effective Date for 42 CFR Part 2 Final Rule

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), on behalf of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), published the Final Rule to 42 CFR Part 2, Confidentiality of Substance Use Disorder Patient Records, on January 18, 2017. While originally effective on February 17, 2017, the rule will now become effective on March 21, 2017 in accordance with the memorandum... Read More >

Final Rule of the Common Rule Published

The Department of Homeland Security; Department of Agriculture; Department of Energy; National Aeronautics and Space Administration; Department of Commerce; Social Security Administration; Agency for International Development; Department of Housing and Urban Development; Department of Labor; Department of Defense; Department of Education; Department of Veterans Affairs; Environmental Protection... Read More >

HHS Releases 42 CFR Part 2 Final Rule

The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) through the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) published the Final Rule to 42 CFR Part 2 on January 18, 2017. The rule modernizes the Confidentiality of Alcohol and Drug Abuse Patient Records regulations by facilitating health information exchange between health care entities and addressing patient privacy... Read More >

New Products: The Blue Button Initiative

The Blue Button Initiative was created within the Veterans Health Administration (VHA) under the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) as a way to improve veterans’ access to their medical records. Blue Button allows consumers to request information from health care providers, health insurance companies, laboratories, and drugstores. Although Blue Button’s popularity is growing, it... Read More >

New Perspective from the Field Interview with Bianca Frogner, PhD

Health Information & the Law interviewed Bianca Frogner, PhD, an Associate Professor and Health Economist with the University of Washington Department of Family Medicine, for our Perspectives from the Field Interview Series. Frogner speaks of her tenure as a Health Economist using data to better understand health consumers' experience at multiple levels of care. With her experience... Read More >

New Perspective from the Field Interview with ONC's Chief Privacy Officer, Lucia Savage

Health Information & the Law interviewed Lucia Savage, JD, Chief Privacy Officer for the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC), as the newest installation to the Perspectives from the Field Interview Series. Savage discusses her role and unique experience in health IT- both as a caregiver for her elderly mother, and also through her professional role with... Read More >

New Map: Medical Record Retention Required of Health Care Providers

A new map titled Medical Record Retention Required of Health Care Providers: 50 State Comparison has been published. This comparative map shows the requirements for the retention of medical records in all 50 states plus the District of Columbia as required by individual state law. Categories include time specific requirements and also requirements based on the type of provider or... Read More >

New Perspective from the Field Interview with Dr. Bruce Siegel

Health Information & the Law interviews Dr. Bruce Siegel, the President and CEO of America’s Essential Hospitals located in Washington, DC, as part of our newest installation to the Perspectives from the Field Interview Series. Dr. Siegel, who was recently named one of the Top 100 Most Influential People in Healthcare by Modern Healthcare, discusses the benefits of health information... Read More >

New Products on Antitrust and Affordable Care Organizations

The Medicare Shared Savings Program was created as part of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010 (health reform legislation) and established a new type of care delivery and payment model known as an Accountable Care Organization (ACO).  Designed to improve quality and reduce costs in the Medicare fee-for-service program, ACOs encourage physicians, hospitals and other health... Read More >

New Maps: Disclosure of Mental Health Records

Two new comparative maps, Disclosure of Mental Health Records Pursuant to a Court Order, and Disclosure of Mental Health Records with Patient Consent, have been posted. Disclosure of Mental Health Records Pursuant to a Court Order, which can be found here, compares instances where state law indicates that records may be released pursuant to a court order,... Read More >