During a Congressional briefing Wednesday in Washington, DC, AHIMA and other health IT stakeholders advocated for the modernization of HIPAA regulations by expanding the law’s record access provisions to non-covered entities and better defining HIPAA’s “designated record set.”
The proposed legislation would require at a federal level that hospitals, nursing homes, rehabilitation centers, mental health providers, and jails develop a workplace safety plan to protect their employees. Such safety plans could include measures such as hiring more security guards, installing surveillance cameras, and training staff in how to respond to violent incidents.
The Trump Administration last week proposed a massive overhaul of federal agencies, which would—among other consolidations—restructure the Department of Health and Human Services and rename it the Department of Health and Public Welfare (DHPW).
The House of Representatives voted to pass legislation that would enable the appropriate sharing of substance use disorder records by aligning 42 CFR Part 2 with HIPAA for purposes of treatment, payment, and operations.
Providers that treat mental health or substance use disorders would be eligible for financial incentives to implement behavioral health electronic health record systems under new legislation proposed in the US House of Representatives.