Emily Wein

Emily Wein

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OCR Clarifies Permitted Disclosures, Including Mental Health Care

The disclosure of mental health records and other disclosure-related issues tends to be less than clear for providers in their efforts to comply with the federal privacy rules. Such issues relate to appropriate disclosures to...more

4/2/2014 - Healthcare HIPAA Mental Health Mental Health Parity Rule OCR

Self-pay Confidentiality Rights: How Far Do Those Rights Go?

The HIPAA Privacy Rule has always provided an individual patient the right to request special, confidential treatment of his or her protected health information (PHI). That right is not absolute, however. Covered entities...more

3/28/2014 - Confidential Information Healthcare HIPAA HITECH PHI

First HIPAA Settlement with County Government

On March 6, 2014, the Department of Health and Human Services’ Office for Civil Rights settled potential HIPAA violations with the Skagit County Public Health Department in Washington State for $215,000. Initially, OCR’s...more

3/28/2014 - Data Protection EHR Healthcare HIPAA PHI Settlement

PQRS Deadline: February 28, 2014

February 28, 2014 is the next PQRS deadline. It is the: - Last day that 2013 claims will be processed to be counted for the 2013 PQRS reporting; - Last day to submit 2013 PQRS data through the EHR reporting...more

2/21/2014 - Deadlines EHR PQRS

CMS Creates New G-Code for Chronic Care Management

In the final Physician Fee Schedule for 2014, CMS recognized the critical component proper care management plays in improved outcomes and reduced costs through the creation of a new G-code. (G-codes were initially created for...more

2/12/2014 - CMS Healthcare

Foundations in HIPAA - Building Blocks of Health Law

Recent enforcement actions and the new Omnibus Rule implementing several HITECH obligations highlighted the need for a new look at HIPAA obligations for covered entities and now business associates. HITECH not only raised the...more

2/3/2014 - Enforcement Healthcare HIPAA HIPAA Omnibus Rule HITECH OCR

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