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FDA Releases Guidance on Mobile Health Applications

The Food & Drug Administration (FDA) released guidance on mobile health applications on September 25, 2013.  The guidance states that the FDA will focus its oversight activities on mobile health applications that are intended to be used as an accessory to a medical device or to transform a mobile platform into a medical device.  The guidance emphasizes that the FDA will not target... Read More >

Price Transparency Resources: New Products on the Release of Price Information

Price transparency is increasingly important as consumers become more engaged and the health care system shifts to focus on value rather than volume.  States have a wide variety of laws and regulations in place regulating the release of price information, the type and format of price information that patients can access, and mechanisms to collect these data.  In addition, Medicare... Read More >

CMS Releases White Paper With Data On Year 1 of the Meaningful Use Program

On September 20, CMS released a white paper that presents a summary of those eligible providers (EPs) and hospitals (EHs) that successfully attested to meaningful use Stage 1 in the 2011 program year. Results are analyzed by specialty type as well as state, and the paper includes data on participant performance, use of exclusions, and deferral of menu measures. The paper focuses on five areas of... Read More >

Health IT Week: New Fast Facts and Myth Busters

The 8th Annual National Health Information Technology (IT) Week is September 16 - 20. Stakeholders in the healthcare industry and policy fields come together for Health IT week to engage in a discussion of the value of health IT to the US healthcare system. Several events occur throughout the week, including a press conference, technology showcase, and policy summit. Learn more about Health IT... Read More >

ONC and OCR Release Model Notices of Privacy Practices

On September 16, 2013, the HHS Office of Civil Rights (OCR) and the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) released model Notices of Privacy Practices (NPPs) for health care providers and health plans. NPPs provide information to individuals about their right to the privacy of their protected health information (PHI), as well as information about the... Read More >

New Health Information Law Resources Offer Speed and Ease for Need-to-Know Issues

Fast Facts and Myth Busters, two new product series from Health Information & the Law, promise to deliver quick and easily digestible content on key topics related to the use and exchange of health information and the evolving landscape of health system transformation. These resources offer insights into federal and state laws and regulations that govern health information, including... Read More >

Health System Transformation and the Role of Health Information Law

This article, written by Jane Hyatt Thorpe for Public Health Reports, explains the legal aspects of health information and why they are critical for successful health system transformation.  In particular, this article looks at the legal and policy issues surrounding the electronic exchange of patient health information, and ways to support health system transformation through new health... Read More >

Understanding the Interaction Between EPSDT and Federal Health Information Privacy and Confidentiality Laws

This paper examines the federal and state law underpinnings of access to patient health records across health care providers and settings of care for Medicaid-enrolled children, who are entitled to Early and Periodic Screening Diagnostic and Treatment (EPSDT).  This analysis sets forth the relevant laws of the HIPAA Privacy Rule, the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA), and 42... Read More >

HIPAA Business Associate Resources: Determine What a Business Associate Is and What It Means

  HealthInfoLaw.org has posted three new resources related to business associates under the HIPAA Privacy and Security Rules. These short and straightforward documents are intended to help organizations determine their business associate status under HIPAA and the implications of that status. Fast Facts: “Are You a Business Associate Under the HIPAA Privacy and Security Rules?... Read More >

Health Information Implications of the Proposed 2014 Budget

President Obama’s proposed budget for 2014 contains numerous provisions that directly impact the collection, creation, and use of health information. The proposed budget includes $967.3 billion in outlays for the Department of Health and Human Services and makes legislative proposals that would save an estimated $361.1 billion (net) over ten years. In conjunction with the release of... Read More >