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Trump Administration Personnel Update Through June 22: USDA, Commerce, HHS, HUD, Labor, NLRB, State, Transportation, VA, USTR, Ambassadors

More announcements are being made each day.  We will update this list, as appropriate. PRESIDENT DONALD J. TRUMP WHITE HOUSE STAFF Chief of Staff – Reince Priebus – head of the RNC Deputy Assistant to the President and Senior Adviser to… Read More
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Trump’s New OCR Director and HIPAA Policy

As federal policy rapidly develops under the Trump Administration, much of it reversing or seeking to reverse the Obama legacy, the world of medical privacy (at least that which is on the books for now) remains static – after all, privacy always ha… Read More
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What Will A Trump Administration Mean For The Medical Privacy Landscape?

With President-Elect Donald Trump’s unlikely victory in Tuesday’s election, we begin to look ahead at what the Trump Administration will mean from a medical privacy perspective.  Neither the media, nor Trump himself, made privacy, much less medi… Read More
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Medical Privacy Update: OCR Issues Revised Audit Protocol For Phase II

As a foundation for moving forward with Phase II of its Audit Program of Covered Entities (CEs) and their Business Associates (BAs), HHS’s Office for Civil Rights (OCR) has quietly released its beefed-up Audit Protocol (Protocol). Significantly, th… Read More
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Medical Privacy Update: HHS Guidance on Permitted Uses and Disclosures of PHI for Treatment and Health Care Operations

Late last week, HHS’s Office for Civil Rights (OCR) and Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT (ONC) issued two Fact Sheets (or guidance documents) intended to assist regulated industry in Understanding Some of HIPAA’s Permitted Uses an… Read More
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“The Guidance Is Coming” . . . For Real! OCR Issues Guidance On Individuals’ Right to Access

In our last blog on medical privacy, we noted that HHS’s Office for Civil Rights (OCR) promised that a number of HIPAA guidances were forthcoming in the next several months.  It appears that (at least so far) OCR is keeping its promise, issuing it… Read More
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2015 Dietary Guidelines for Americans Released... And Some Thought Already Being Given to the 2020 Guidelines!

The Secretaries of Agriculture and Health and Human Services have released the 2015-2020 Dietary Guidelines for Americans (DGA) following what had been a captivating review of the Scientific Report of the Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee, a proc… Read More
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Medical Privacy Update and 2015 Retrospective

MEDICAL PRIVACY UPDATE: New PHI Disclosures Permitted for Firearm Background Checks Earlier today, HHS published a Final Rule modifying the HIPAA Privacy Rule (45 C.F.R. § 164.512) to allow certain Covered Entities to disclose limited PHI to the FBI… Read More
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John Block: 2015 Dietary Guidelines – Will They Be Credible?

By former USDA Secretary John R. Block USDA and HHS are close to issuing the 2015 version of the Dietary Guidelines for Americans. The Guidelines, issued every five years, must be based on “the preponderance of the scientific and medical knowledge… Read More
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The Dietary Guidelines and Moderate Alcohol Consumption

Officials at the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and the Department of Agriculture (USDA) have an opportunity to reiterate vital guidance on moderate drinking of alcoholic beverages with the coming new edition of Dietary Guidelines for… Read More
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