On May 31st the HHS announced a newly proposed rule required by the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health (HITECH) Act which would allow people to request a report when their health information is inappropriately accessed. The rule modifies the existing accounting authorities under HIPAA if the disclosures are made through an electronic health record. The proposed rule can be found here.
On May 31st MedPAC announced the appointment of two new members and the reappointment of three existing members. The newly appointed members are Willis Gradison of Duke University and William Hall of the University of Rochester. The announcement by MedPAC can be found here.
On June 1st the Associated Press reported that CMS Administrator Don Berwick sent a letter to Indiana’s Medicaid Director saying that the state’s recently-passed and controversial law barring Planned Parenthood from receiving federal funds is illegal and must be changed.
On June 2nd the Bipartisan Policy Center released a report on the role of health IT in delivery system reforms. The report issued key recommendations that include: coordination of health IT programs, engaging patients, and building cooperation between the public and private sectors. The report can be found here.