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Health Information & the Law Welcomes HIT Week 2014 with New Products on Interoperability, the JASON Report, and Patient Data

Health Information Technology Week celebrates in 9th year in 2014 (September 15 - 19). This week is intended to focus national attention on the importance and value of enhancing health care through the best use of information technology. Health Information & the Law works year-round to increase awareness of these issues and in celebration of HIT Week has released new products centering on... Read More >

New Products on Patient-Generated Health Data

Health-related data that is created or gathered by the patient is known as “patient-generated health data” (PGHD).  Patients are increasingly collecting and sharing PGHD with their providers, health plans, and patient support networks, through various e-health tools, such as mobile apps, personal health record (PHR) systems, and online patient-powered research networks (e.g.,... Read More >

RWJF Offers Recommendations in Response to Wyden-Grassley Letter Requesting Comment on Ways to Enhance the Availability and Utility of Health Care- Related Data

On June 12, 2014, Senators Wyden and Grassley issued a letter requesting comments on ways to enhance the availability and usability of health care data, while also maintaining and protecting patient privacy.  They key areas that stakeholders were requested to provide input on were: 1.  What data sources should be made more broadly available? 2.  How, in what form, and for what... Read More >

New Products on Antitrust and Health Care

The recent push toward information transparency in the health care arena may be deemed as anti-competitive and in violation of federal antitrust laws.  The current health care environment encourages health information exchange, which in some cases includes the exchange of pricing information.  Pricing information may be exchanged for quality purposes as well as to design and implement... Read More >

New Products on Integrated Care Models

An integrated care model is a dynamic approach to delivering health care services.  Key to the delivery of integrated care is a high degree of collaboration and communication among all the health care providers involved in the continuum of care for any given patient.  This model is designed to break-through the barriers that define the current fragmented and siloed nature of the health... Read More >

New Products on the Use and Disclosure of Mental Health Information

On the federal level, mental health information is governed as a form of protected health information (PHI), allowing for disclosure wihtout patient consent for treatment, payment and health care operations under the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act's (HIPAA) Privacy Rule.  One exception to this general rule of permitting the sharing of treatment information without... Read More >

New Products on the Common Rule

The Common Rule is a set of a federal regulations shared by fifteen Federal departments and agencies that govern all research involving human subjects conducted or supported by the relevant department or agency. With few exceptions, research institutions subject to the Common Rule must secure informed consent from each human subject, receive approval from an Institutional Review Board (IRB), and... Read More >

New Products on the Use of Information for Research Purposes

Researchers frequently create, collect, use, and/or share individually identifiable health information to conduct research.  The HIPAA Privacy Rule dictates how research is defined, who is subject to its requirements, and what the requirements are to use individually identifiable information for research purposes. The HITECH Act's modifications to the HIPAA Privacy and Security Rule also... Read More >

New Products on Health Information Exchanges (HIEs)

For over a decade, stakeholders and policy-makers have been working to digitize the nation’s health care system to, among other goals, enable the electronic exchange of health information between providers.  Recently these efforts have driven the creation of legal entities known as “Health Information Exchanges” (HIEs).  HIEs are regionally-based groups of providers... Read More >

New Products on the Qualified Entity Program

 A “Qualified Entity or QE” is an organization approved by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) to produce performance reports on the quality and efficiency of health care providers and suppliers. The QE program was authorized by the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) to encourage provider performance measurement and public reporting using Medicare... Read More >