Skip to main content

Rural Health
News by Topic: Care coordination

Jan 21, 2021 - Notice of proposed rulemaking from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) modifying the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) Privacy Rule to promote care coordination, case management, and the transition to value-based care. Among other things, proposed changes include increasing permissible disclosures to improve care coordination and case management, strengthening individuals' rights to inspect their own protected health information (PHI) and clarifying covered entities' abilities to disclose PHI to social service agencies and other third parties that provide health-related services. Comments are due by March 22, 2021.
Source: Federal Register
Dec 10, 2020 - The Office for Civil Rights (OCR) at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced proposed changes to the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) Privacy Rule. Proposed changes include strengthening individuals' rights to access their own health information, including electronic information; improving information sharing for care coordination and case management; enhancing flexibilities in emergency circumstances; and reducing administrative burdens healthcare providers.
Source: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
Dec 3, 2020 - The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) announced the Geographic Direct Contracting Model, in which model participants will coordinate care and clinical management for beneficiaries in Original Medicare in their region. The model aims to reduce the cost of care for Medicare beneficiaries and give participants a direct incentive to improve care across entire geographic regions.
Source: Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services
Dec 2, 2020 - Notice of proposed rule from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services regarding the physician self-referral law to allow exceptions to the law for referral for certain value-based compensation arrangements between physicians, providers, and suppliers. This final rule is effective January 19, 2021.
Source: Federal Register
Dec 2, 2020 - Notice from the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Office of the Inspector General announcing a final rule to add safe harbor protections under the Federal anti-kickback statute for certain coordinated care and associated value-based arrangements between or among clinicians, providers, suppliers, and others that meet all safe harbor conditions. Also adds other protections and new safe harbors related to the Department of Health and Human Services' Regulatory Sprint to Coordinated Care. These regulations are effective January 19, 2021.
Source: Federal Register