Cyberattack Contingency Plans are Critical, OCR Says

“Contingency plans are critical to protecting the availability, integrity, and security of data during unexpected adverse events,” OCR states in their March 2018 newsletter.

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FY 2018 Omnibus Bill Gives ONC, OCR, and HHS Needed Boosts

The $1.3 trillion FY 2018 omnibus appropriations bill passed by Congress and signed by the President last week allocated funding for several key health IT priorities and continued current funding levels for ONC.

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Trump’s Proposed Budget Seeks to Eliminate AHRQ, Slash OCR and ONC Funding

Major cuts to healthcare industry oversight agencies are suggested in the FY 2019 budget proposal released by the Trump Administration this week.

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