CMS Issues New and Updated HIPAA and HITECH Act FAQs: EHR Incentives

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) periodically issues new and updated Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs).  HIPAA.com will periodically reproduce new and updated Questions and Answers pertaining to HIPAA Administrative Simplification standards and implementation specifications and to HITECH Act provisions that will be of interest to its readers.  The FAQ [ID#9844] that follows is new, published by CMS on August 13, 2009. Question:  Are physicians who practice in hospital-based ambulatory clinics eligible to receive the Recovery Act’s Medicare or Medicaid electronic health record (EHR) incentive payments. Answer:  Hospital-based eligible professionals are ineligible for the EHR incentive payments under both Medicare and Medicaid.  Our [Department of Health and Human Services] forthcoming NPRM…

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HHS Issues Interim Final Rule for HITECH ‘Breach Notification’

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Secretary, Kathleen Sebelius, has issued the Interim Final Rule for Breach Notification for Unsecured Protected Health Information.  The Interim Final Rule was signed by Secretary Sebelius on August 6, 2009, filed at the Federal Register on Wednesday, August 19, 2009, and will be published on Monday, August 24, 2009, in the Federal Register.  The effective date of the Interim Final Rule will be 30 days after publication, and will cover both covered entities and business associates of covered entities.  Here is the Summary of the Interim Final Rule: “The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is issuing this interim final rule with…

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Final HIPAA Enforcement Rule

DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES Office of the Secretary 45 CFR Parts 160 and 164 | RIN 0991–AB29 HIPAA Administrative Simplification: Enforcement AGENCY: Office of the Secretary, HHS. ACTION: Final rule. Download (Requires Acrobat Reader)

Proposed Rule for Electronic Claims Attachments

DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES Office of the Secretary 45 CFR Part 162 | [CMS–0050–P] | RIN 0938–AK62 HIPAA Administrative Simplification: Standards for Electronic Health Care Claims Attachments AGENCY: Office of the Secretary, HHS. ACTION: Proposed rule. Download (Requires Acrobat Reader)

Privacy Guidance

STANDARDS FOR PRIVACY OF INDIVIDUALLY IDENTIFIABLE HEALTH INFORMATION 45 CFR Parts 160 and 164 AGENCY: Office for Civil Rights, HHS. Download (Requires Acrobat Reader)

Final Privacy Rule

DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES Office of the Secretary 45 CFR Parts 160 and 164 | RIN 0991–AB14 Standards for Privacy of Individually Identifiable Health Information AGENCY: Office for Civil Rights, HHS. ACTION: Final rule. Download (Requires Acrobat Reader)