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President's Budget Addresses Use and Disclosure of Health Information

President Obama’s proposed budget for 2014 contains numerous provisions that directly impact the collection, creation, and use of health information. These health-related provisions, highlighted below, invest in programs and services designed to improve access, quality and efficiency across all federal health care programs in part through enhanced exchange of health information to better... Read More >

Highlights of the Final Omnibus HIPAA Rule

On January 17, 2013, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) issued an omnibus Final Rule, which modifies the HIPAA Privacy, Security, Enforcement, and Breach Notification Rules, as required by the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health Act (HITECH).  It also includes changes to the Privacy Rule requires by the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act... Read More >

HHS Releases Final Rule on HIPAA Privacy, Security, and Enforcement Regulations

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ (HHS) Office for Civil Rights (OCR) issued a 563-page omnibus final rule last Thursday, updating the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) privacy, security, and enforcement regulations, as required by the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health Act (part of  the American Recovery and... Read More >

The Meaningful Use Stage 2 Final Rule: Overview and Outlook

On August 23, 2012, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) published a final rule on the Stage 2 Meaningful Use criteria that eligible professionals (EPs), eligible hospitals and critical access hospitals (CAHs) must meet to qualify as meaningful users of electronic health records (EHRs) and receive incentive payments under the Medicare and Medicaid programs. This final rule... Read More >

State Health Insurance Exchange Laws: The First Generation

This issue brief examines the efforts by 13 states and the District of Columbia to establish a health insurance exchange as part of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, as of May, 2012.... Read More >

Summary of the U.S. Supreme Court decision in the case of National Federation of Independent Businesses et al. v. Sebelius, Secretary of Health and Human Services, et al.

The Supreme Court handed down its long-awaited ruling in the case of National Federation of Independent Businesses et al. v. Sebelius, Secretary of Health and Human Services, et al., upholding the individual requirement to maintain insurance coverage as a reasonable exercise of Congress’s taxing and spending authority and also upholding the constitutionality of the Medicaid coverage... Read More >

Supreme Court upholds health reform law

The U.S. Supreme Court has released the highly anticipated decision regarding the issues raised by parties in two cases: Florida, et al. v. Department of Health and Human Services and National Federation of Independent Business v. Sebelius. The Court held that the individual mandate is constitutional, and survives as a tax. The Medicaid expansion is also constitutional, but Congress’... Read More >

Presenting HealthInfoLaw.org!

The George Washington University’s Hirsh Health Law and Policy Program is proud to announce a new online resource, Health Information and the Law (HealthInfoLaw.org).  This new website, developed with support from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, is an online guide to federal and state laws governing access, use, release, and publication of health information.  We intend the... Read More >