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Information Un-Blocked: Increased Access Can Reveal Compliance Risks

USA - May 5 2021 The Information Blocking Rule (45 CFR Part 171) is only a month into effect, and improved access to medical records, particularly concurrent delivery…

Jeffrey W. Short, Katherine A. Kuchan, R.N., Michael T. Batt.

Notice of Enforcement Discretion Issued for Scheduling Technology for COVID-19 Vaccination Appointments

USA - January 22 2021 On January 19, 2021, OCR announced that it will exercise its discretion in enforcing the HIPAA Privacy, Security and Breach Notification Rules by not…

Charise R. Frazier, Mark J. Swearingen, Patricia Connelly.

OCR Issues Guidance on Health Information Exchanges to Disclose PHI for Public Health Authority Activities

USA - December 30 2020 Following a Notice of Enforcement Discretion (“NED”) issued earlier this year (discussed in our previous article here), the Office for Civil Rights…

Charise R. Frazier, Mark J. Swearingen, Patricia Connelly.

2020 Census Update: Can Residential Treatment Facilities Provide Information to the Census Bureau Without Violating Patient Confidentiality Laws?

USA - May 19 2020 Residential treatment facilities that provide substance use disorder (“SUD”) or other sensitive health services, such as mental health, behavioral…

CARES Act Modifies Confidentiality Protections for Substance Use Disorder Records

USA - April 13 2020 Recently, the President signed the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (“CARES Act”) into law. Among many changes is a significant…

Charise R. Frazier, Mark J. Swearingen, Patricia Connelly.