New HIPAA Privacy Rule: What RHCs Need To Know
Recording of a January 27, 2021, webinar providing information about proposed and existing Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA) compliance rules affecting Rural Health Clinics (RHCs). Covers individual right of access to protected health information (PHI), fees for health records, patient identification verification, third party disclosures, and clarification of healthcare operations including care coordination and case management. Discusses proposed PHI changes regarding substance use disorders and serious mental illness, and changes in notice of privacy practices (NPP) requirements. Includes a fee calculator for medical record requests. Part of the Rural Health Clinic Technical Assistance Series.
HIPAA Record Fee Calculator, Presentation Slides, Q&A, Transcript
Date: 01/2021 Type: Video/Multimedia Sponsoring organization: National Association of Rural Health Clinics view details
Notification of Enforcement Discretion for Telehealth Remote Communications During the COVID-19 Nationwide Public Health Emergency
Discusses the enforcement discretion that the HHS Office of Civil Rights (OCR) will use during to the COVID-19 nationwide public health emergency related to Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA) requirements. Explains that OCR will not impose penalties for noncompliance with the regulatory requirements under the HIPAA Rules against covered healthcare providers in connection with the good faith provision of telehealth during the public health emergency. Identifies applications that can be used and those that should not be used.
Date: 01/2021 Type: Document Sponsoring organizations: HHS Office for Civil Rights, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services view details
OCR Update on HIPAA and COVID-19
Recording of an April 24, 2020, webinar on HIPAA privacy and health information technology security issues related to COVID-19. Discusses several U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of Civil Rights actions during the pandemic, including notifications of enforcement discretion and guidance for telehealth remote communications, first responders and public health authorities, and other stakeholders.
Date: 04/2020 Type: Video/Multimedia Sponsoring organization: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of Civil Rights view details
Infectious Diseases Society of America Position Statement on Telehealth and Telemedicine as Applied to the Practice of Infectious Diseases
Position statement to educate members of the Infectious Diseases Society of America on telehealth and to promote use of this technology in clinical care, research, and education. Explores the potential to increase access to subspecialist care in rural areas, and describes reimbursement policies of private insurers, Medicare, and Medicaid, for telehealth services provided to patients in rural areas. Also describes HIPAA requirements for telehealth interactions and protected health information.
Author(s): Jeremy D. Young, Rima Abdel-Massih, Thomas Herchline, et al. Citation: Clinical Infectious Diseases, 68(9), 1437-1443 Date: 05/2019 Type: Document view details
Health Industry Cybersecurity Practices: Managing Threats and Protecting Patients
Offers cybersecurity guidelines for healthcare organizations to help reduce cybersecurity risks in response to a mandate from the Cybersecurity Act of 2015. Addresses cybersecurity vulnerabilities, best practices, and assessment. Includes a technical volume on cybersecurity practices for small healthcare organizations.
Date: 12/2018 Type: Document Sponsoring organization: Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response view details
Health Disparities: Closing the Gaps Using Faith-Based Institutions
Explores the role of religious institutions in rural communities, particularly related to promoting and enhancing health and wellness activities. Discusses barriers and concerns to utilizing faith-based institutions, provides program examples, and makes policy recommendations for improving current and future relationships. Also addresses the implications of the Health Information Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA), and concerns around protected health information in the faith-based setting.
Author(s): Dallas Martin, Joy Williams, Patricia Crawford, Nikki King Date: 04/2017 Type: Document Sponsoring organization: National Rural Health Association view details
Federal Health IT Strategic Plan, 2015-2020
Outlines federal goals, plans, and priorities as they
relate to health information technology (HIT) and its
application across the U.S. Discusses federal efforts to
improve broadband access and HIT infrastructure in all
areas, including rural and tribal areas.
Date: 09/2015 Type: Document Sponsoring organization: Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology view details
Behavioral Health Data Exchange Consortium: ONC State Health Policy Consortium Project
Discusses pilot programs for behavioral health data
exchanges between states. Addresses challenges for sharing
behavioral health information electronically due to privacy
protection laws at the state level. Reports on an
intrastate pilot test in New Mexico on the transfer of
information between two clinics (one behavioral health and
the other primary care) in a rural setting.
Date: 06/2014 Type: Document Sponsoring organization: Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology view details
The Country Doctor
Focuses on ethical concerns physicians face in rural
settings. Includes discussion of issues related to patient
privacy, overlapping roles for rural physicians, and other
Citation: AMA Journal of Ethics, 13(5), 269-330 Date: 05/2011 Type: Document Sponsoring organization: American Medical Association view details