OCR Releases Fact Sheet on Business Associate Liability Under HIPAA

“As part of the department’s effort to fully protect patients’ health information and their rights under HIPAA, OCR has issued this important new fact sheet clearly explaining a business associate’s liability,” OCR Director Roger Severino said in a statement accompanying the guidance.

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OIG Report: ACOs Not Using Health IT to Full Potential

Robust use of health IT help accountable care organizations (ACOs) better coordinate care, especially ACOs that use a single electronic health system, according to a government report.

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ONC Proposes Additional Information Blocking Ban Exceptions

In Senate testimony for the Health, Labor and Pensions Committee, Donald Rucker, MD, national coordinator for health information technology, proposed additional exceptions to the information blocking provisions of the 21st Century Cures Act and recent proposed rules.

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Lawmakers Propose Legislation Aimed at Addressing Surprise Medical Bills
May23

Lawmakers Propose Legislation Aimed at Addressing Surprise Medical Bills

There is rare bipartisan momentum in support of several different pieces of legislation aimed at addressing the issue of “surprise medical bills”— exorbitantly high emergency and other medical department bills.

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Providers Turn to EHRs for Help in Tackling Measles Outbreak

To grapple with the largest measles outbreak in 25 years, providers in the hardest-hit states are using their electronic health records to help protect patients and limit exposure to the virus.

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Apps Reduce In-Person Office Visits, and Improve Satisfaction for Low-Risk Pregnancies

Prenatal care smartphone apps have been shown to decrease the number of in-person clinic visits while maintaining satisfaction among patients with low-risk pregnancies, according to a new study.

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