This week’s Medicare updates include the quarterly listing of program issuances, a fact sheet on the federal health exchange’s 2018 open enrollment period, revised instructions for certificate of medical necessity and durable medical equipment information forms, and more!
Not only does your organization need appropriate policies and procedures in place to comply with HIPAA, you also need to make sure that staff members follow those policies and procedures. It’s not an easy task, and each organization has its own way of auditing compliance.
Q: My child’s school requires parents to send a doctor’s note when a student is out sick for more than two days. After providing this note for my child, their teacher spoke to me and mentioned information she could only have learned if she had read the note. Is this a HIPAA violation? Are schools covered by HIPAA if they request doctor's notes?
Slack recently updated its listing of compliance certifications and regulations to include HIPAA, which suggests it may be working toward functionality that would allow healthcare providers to share sensitive patient health information.
In recent months, OCR has expressed concern that providers and other covered entities may be reluctant to inform and involve the loved ones of individuals facing health crises like opioid use disorder for fear of violating HIPAA. Here, we look at some common misconceptions about privacy under HIPAA and point to the information that patients and families need to know.
Earlier this week, HHS’ Office of Civil Rights sent out a reminder that public comments to their request for information on improving care coordination and reducing the regulatory burdens of HIPAA are due by February 12, 2019.