Congress Eases Ban on Patient Identifier Development in Spending Package

After years of advocacy by AHIMA, lawmakers, and other stakeholder groups, Congress recently took steps moving the nation toward a more comprehensive way to accurately match patients to their health information.

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Roger Severino Quietly Named as HHS Office for Civil Rights Head
Mar29

Roger Severino Quietly Named as HHS Office for Civil Rights Head

Without public announcement, Heritage Foundation alum and former DOJ trial attorney Roger Severino was named director of HHS’s Office for Civil Rights, which is tasked with investigating charges of discrimination. Severino has been critical of Affordable Care Act provisions that barred discrimination against transgender patients.

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Report: Joint Commission-Accredited Hospitals See Safety, Quality Measures Improvements

American hospitals have continually been improving their performance on key quality measures, according to a new report from the Joint Commission.

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MACRA Strategies for 2017: Advantages and Disadvantages of Four Options
Nov07

MACRA Strategies for 2017: Advantages and Disadvantages of Four Options

While the final rule contains many different provisions, this article looks at the advantages and disadvantages of four MACRA options providers can choose to implement in 2017.

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OCR Releases Guidance for HIPAA-Covered Entities to Follow FTC Regulations When Sharing Patient Data

HIPAA-covered entities that share consumer health information also need to comply with regulations under the FTC Act when sharing information for commercial, non-treatment-related purposes, according to newly released guidance OCR.

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AHIMA, Stakeholder Groups Urge Lawmakers to Advance Patient Identity Solutions

Efforts to lift the federal ban against allowing Congress to discuss patient identity solutions is picking up momentum, with AHIMA joining provider, payer, and health IT stakeholder groups in asking legislators to make the issue a priority.

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