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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 >

"10 Times HIPAA May Not Apply" Article Written by Health Information & the Law Team Members

Even with the upcoming 20th anniversary of the passage of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA), it remains important to expose discrepancies between the ways in which HIPAA is invoked in contrast to its purpose. In some cases where HIPAA is misapplied, patients’ access to information is stifled and may result in undue harm. "10 Times HIPAA May Not Apply" explores... Read More >

New Products on Health Information Ownership, Including Updated 50 State Map

Legal ownership of health information is a complex issue, distinct from rights to access or copy information.  New forms of medical records, such as EHRs and PHRs, and new tools that collect health information, such as personal health trackers and medical monitoring devices, further complicate the landscape. We have drafted a Fast Facts and a Myth Buster to help clarify the issue of health... Read More >

Bruce Siegel named one of the Top 100 Most Influential People in Healthcare

Health Information & the Law standing committee member Bruce Siegel, MD, MSPH, the President and CEO for America's Essential Hospitals in Washington, DC was just named one of the Top 100 Most Influential People in Healthcare by Modern Healthcare. This is his fifth year on the list, and he shares that space with individuals including President Obama, US Supreme Court Justice John Roberts and... Read More >

New Perspectives from the Field Interview: Mehret Mandefro, MD, MSPH, Chief Medical Officer for Amida Technology Solutions

Health Information & the Law interviews Dr. Mehret Mandefro, Chief Medical Officer for Amida Technology Solutions as part of our newest installation to the Perspectives from the Field Interview Series. Dr. Mandefro explains the history behind the Blue Button Initiative and how it has grown to where it is today while also sharing her beliefs on the culture surrounding health information and... Read More >

New Perspectives from the Field: Guy Collier, JD, MPH, Partner at McDermott, Will & Emery LLP in Washington, DC

Health Information & the Law interviews Guy Collier, JD, MPH, partner at McDermott, Will & Emery LLP in Washington, DC as part of our Perspectives from the Field interview series. Guy shares what he sees as the most promising efforts to reform the health care delivery system, and even discusses some barriers (and solutions!) to advance delivery system reform.    Click here ... Read More >

Health Information & the Law Under Construction!

The Health Information & the Law website is currently being revamped to improve the way our users access the site. Some content on the state and topics pages may be temporarily inaccessible or appear out of order - please bear with us as we work to bring you a new and enhanced experience! Our federal, analysis, and resource pages and content will remain unaffacted and usable during this... Read More >

New Perspectives from the Field: Kavita Patel, MD, MS, Fellow and Managing Director for Clinical Transformation and Delivery, Center for Health Policy, The Brookings Institution

Health Information & the Law interviews Dr. Kavita Patel, Fellow and Managing Director for Clinical Transformation and Delivery, Center for Health Policy, The Brookings Institution as part of our Perspectives from the Field interview series.  Dr. Patel shares her thoughts on the most promising efforts and reforms to improve health care delivery and payment systems.  Dr. Patel also... Read More >

New Products Available on Vaccine Registries

There is a growing understanding of the important role that vaccination registries – or immunization information systems (IIS) – can provid in monitoring immunization rates and ensuring that individuals have all recommended vaccinations. The United States does not have a national IIS; instead, most states in the U.S. operate their own IIS, and each state maintains its own set of laws... Read More >