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 its… Read More
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HIPAA Comes of Age... Thanks to HITECH, D.D.S.

OFW Law Celebrates 35 Years of Successes in Drug/Healthcare Privacy Practices (Part II) In celebrating 35 years of practice, OFW Law’s Drugs, Biologics, and Controlled Substances and Healthcare Privacy practice groups are taking a look back to shar… Read More
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HHS Guidance Expands Scope of Refill Reminders and Reasonable Costs

As we reported recently, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced its intent to issue guidance regarding prescription “refill reminder” programs that can be conducted without patient authorization by September 23, 2013. HHS’s… Read More
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HITECH First Amendment Challenge Delayed – HHS Promises Guidance and Agrees to Limited Enforcement Delay

The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) revealed in court filings yesterday that it expects to issue guidance regarding prescription refill reminder programs before September 23, 2013. It also stated that it will not enforce the restriction… Read More
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