More than two-thirds of Americans surveyed had at least one unmet social need in the past year and more than a quarter said an unmet social need has been a barrier to health, according to a report released in June by Kaiser Permanente.
The Office for Civil Rights (OCR) reached a settlement with Bayfront Health St. Petersburg, a Florida hospital, for allegedly violating the HIPAA Privacy Rule’s right of access provision when it failed to give a mother timely access to her unborn child’s records, according to an OCR press release.
Food insecurity is a common problem in the United States, affecting as many as one in eight Americans. It’s a problem that can cause health complications, compound existing ones, and ratchet up the cost of care for many patients.
This week's note from the instructor looks at the ongoing judicial actions pertaining to discharge appeal rights for Medicare beneficiaries assigned to outpatient status or who have received observation services.