Major cuts to healthcare industry oversight agencies are suggested in the FY 2019 budget proposal released by the Trump Administration this week.
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.
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.
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.
The free model Patient Request for Health Information Form is intended to help providers streamline patient health information request processes and ensure they are compliant with the Office for Civil Rights’ guidance on an individual’s right of access under HIPAA.