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Ohio adopts new patient notification law for terminating physician employment
  • Baker & Hostetler LLP
  • USA
  • March 21 2013

Until recently, physicians were required by rules of the State Medical Board of Ohio to notify their patients upon termination of services or


A Baker's dozen of significant changes from the HIPAAHITECH Rule
  • Baker & Hostetler LLP
  • USA
  • February 28 2013

The long-awaited final omnibus rule modifying the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA) Privacy and Security Rules, as


Religious organizations: HHS seeks comments on implementing the preventive care mandate "accommodation"
  • Baker & Hostetler LLP
  • USA
  • March 29 2012

On March 16, 2012, the HHS, Treasury and DOL (Departments) issued an advance notice of proposed rulemaking (Notice) addressing the preventive care mandate that requires nongrandfathered group health plans (whether insured or self-insured) to provide FDA-approved contraceptive and sterilization procedures to women with no cost sharing pursuant to Section 2713 of the Public Health Service Act (PHS) and PPACA


Stage 2 meaningful use: CMS and ONC release proposed rules
  • Baker & Hostetler LLP
  • USA
  • March 1 2012

On February 23, 2012, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) released a proposed rule for Stage 2 of the Electronic Health Record Incentive Program


Preventive care mandate update: burden shifts from religious organizations to insurers; unanswered questions remain
  • Baker & Hostetler LLP
  • USA
  • February 16 2012

On February 10, 2012, President Obama announced a policy change intended to address the concerns of many religiously affiliated organizations over the preventive care mandate that requires nongrandfathered group health plans to provide FDAapproved contraceptive and sterilization procedures to women with no cost sharing


Minnesota AG sues business associate for loss of patient data stored on laptop
  • Baker & Hostetler LLP
  • USA
  • February 2 2012

In perhaps the first widely publicized action taken against a "business associate" (as defined under the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) and privacy and security regulations thereunder), the Minnesota Attorney General (AG) on January 19 filed a civil lawsuit in federal court against Accretive Health, Inc., for alleged violations of HIPAA, as well as alleged violations of that state's medical privacy law and consumer debt collection practices laws


OIG Advisory Opinion approves referral payments under electronic health record system
  • Baker & Hostetler LLP
  • USA
  • February 2 2012

In a significant development impacting the wider electronic health record (EHR) community, the HHS Office of Inspector General (OIG) on December 7 issued an Advisory Opinion (AO 11-18) approving an EHR vendor's proposed transaction fee structure for charging customers that use the vendor's new patient referral ordering system


Final HITECH act regulations will be published in 2012
  • Baker & Hostetler LLP
  • USA
  • January 19 2012

During 2011, informal indications were given by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Office of Civil Rights (OCR) and various industry experts that the final Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health Act (HITECH Act) regulations amending the HIPAA privacy and security regulations would be published by the end of 2011


Ohio appeals court rejects claim of wrongful disclosure of medical information under Biddle v. Warren General Hospital - upholds lack of private cause of action under HIPAA
  • Baker & Hostetler LLP
  • USA
  • January 18 2012

In an opinion announced on January 10, 2012, the Ohio Tenth District Court of Appeals, in Columbus, Ohio, held that a hospital’s use of a patient’s individually identifiable health information (PHI) for obtaining payment of a patient’s account was a valid use of PHI for payment purposes under the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996, Pub. L. No. 104-191 (“HIPAA”), and rejected the patient’s claim that disclosure of the patient’s PHI was a wrongful disclosure of medical information under Biddle v. Warren General Hospital, Ohio’s seminal case that established a personal injury tort for wrongful disclosure of confidential medical information


Final HITECH act regulations amending HIPAA privacy and security will be published in 2012
  • Baker & Hostetler LLP
  • USA
  • January 11 2012

During 2011, informal indications were given by the HHS Office of Civil Rights (OCR) and various industry experts that the final HITECH Act regulations amending the HIPAA privacy and security regulations would be published by the end of 2011