Tag Archives: HIPAA

To Foster Information Exchange, Revise HIPAA and HITECH

Congress should learn a lesson from the success of banking industry and revise HIPAA and HITECH to allow providers and EHR vendors to charge fees for exchange of medical data.

September 19, 2017

To Combat ‘Information Blocking,’ Look To HIPAA

HIPAA, although much misunderstood and maligned, provides solid reasons why no electronic health records developer should be allowed to keep protected health information from being exchanged or transmitted, or to impose self-serving financial requirements.

August 24, 2017

Discrimination Against Patients With Substance Use Disorders Remains Prevalent And Harmful: The Case For 42 CFR Part 2

42 CFR Part 2 provides bedrock protections for people with substance use disorders. As our country faces an unprecedented epidemic of opioid addiction and overdose, we must ensure that fear of discrimination does not deter people from seeking treatment.

April 13, 2017

Outdated Privacy Law Limits Effective Substance Use Disorder Treatment: The Case Against 42 CFR Part 2

In the midst of the current opioid epidemic we cannot afford to provide outdated, siloed addiction treatment governed by antiquated privacy laws. 42 CFR Part 2 has outlived its usefulness.

March 1, 2017

ACA Pregnancy Termination, Gender Identity Protections Blocked; Wellness Program Incentives Survive (Updated)

A judge has preliminarily enjoined protections regarding pregnancy termination and gender identity in an ACA nondiscrimination rule. Another judge refused to block regulations allowing employers to offer incentives for employees to disclose medical information in connection with wellness programs.

January 2, 2017

Section 1341 And Financing The Reinsurance Program (Update)

The Congressional Research Service (CRS), in a recent report to Congress, criticized HHS for its decision on how to account for the shortfall in reinsurance contributions.

March 15, 2016

Promoting Transparency And Clear Choices In Health Care

A funny thing is happening at the intersection of culture and health, and it's spilling over into politics and policy -- a vigorous demand for transparency in health care.

June 9, 2015