Kathryn Marchesini Named ONC Chief Privacy Officer

Kathryn Marchesini has been named the new chief privacy officer at ONC.

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OCR Releases Updated Guidance on Sharing Behavioral Health and Substance Abuse Records

The new guidance allows providers to use their own judgment when it comes to sharing information about a patient’s mental health status with friends and family if the intention is to prevent further harm.

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AHIMA Releases Cybersecurity Action Plan as Survey Reveals Increasing Rates of Cyberattacks
Dec14

AHIMA Releases Cybersecurity Action Plan as Survey Reveals Increasing Rates of Cyberattacks

According to results of a startling new survey, four in five doctors (or 83 percent) have experienced a cyberattack of some kind.

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OCR, ONC Privacy Head Deven McGraw Leaves Position for Private Sector
Oct20

OCR, ONC Privacy Head Deven McGraw Leaves Position for Private Sector

Rachel Seeger, MPA, MA, senior adviser of public affairs and outreach at OCR, confirmed McGraw’s departure and added that McGraw has taken a new job in the private sector.

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Proposed Bill Brings National Data Breach Notification Standard for Non-HITECH Entities

A proposed bill in the US House of Representatives seeks to bring unity and clarification to the various state-level breach notification laws following the Equifax data breach, according to an article in HealthITSecurity.

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OCR Change Signals Renewed Privacy Focus for HIM Leaders
Sep22

OCR Change Signals Renewed Privacy Focus for HIM Leaders

The recent defunding of the Chief Privacy Officer (CPO) position by the HHS Office for Civil Rights makes practical sense for the healthcare industry and the national budget. However, with the change come four important privacy strategies for HIM leaders to consider employing at the state, local, and organizational level.

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