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Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act NICS

The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act is a United States federal statute enacted in 1996 to provide greater protection for individual's medical information and prescribe standards for the... more +
The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act is a United States federal statute enacted in 1996 to provide greater protection for individual's medical information and prescribe standards for the manner in which healthcare professionals gather, use, and maintain health information.  less -

HHS OCR Issues Rule Modifying HIPAA In Effort To Fight Gun Violence

by King & Spalding on

On January 4, 2016, the Department of Health and Human Services Office for Civil Rights (“OCR”) issued a rule modifying the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (“HIPAA”) Privacy Rule to expressly...more

Clearing Up Confusion Over the Modified HIPAA Privacy Rule

by LeClairRyan on

The Department of Health and Human Services issued a final rule under the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996, which will go into effect on February 5, 2016. HHS published the final rule in tandem with...more

Executive Gun Control Actions Result in HIPAA Modifications

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

In response to the Obama Administration’s executive actions to reduce gun violence, on January 4, 2016, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of Civil Rights (OCR) issued a final rule, which modifies the...more

HHS Removes Barriers to Reporting Federal Mental Health Prohibitor Status for Gun Background Checks

by BakerHostetler on

On January 6, 2016, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) released a modification to the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) removing barriers to reporting federal mental health...more

New HIPAA Privacy Rule Permits Disclosures to Background Check System

by McDermott Will & Emery on

On January 6, 2016, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) issued a final rule amending the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) Privacy Rule to strengthen the current background check...more

Washington Healthcare Update

by McGuireWoods LLP on

This Week: The Senate and House pass legislation to repeal the Affordable Care Act but without enough votes to override a potential veto... However, this is the first time repeal legislation makes it to the President’s...more

HIPAA Privacy Rule Now Permits Reporting for Firearms Background Checks

On January 4, 2016, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) issued a final rule that modifies the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA) Privacy Rule. This modification expressly...more

HIPAA Privacy Rule Amendment will Permit Very Limited Reporting of Mental Health Information to the NICS

by Dickinson Wright on

An amendment to HIPAA’s privacy rules will allow a limited subset of covered entities (such as, potentially, state agencies) to disclose information to the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS)....more

HIPAA Privacy Rule Amended To Permit Reporting of Firearm Background Check Information

The January 6, 2016 Federal Register included a final rule (“Final Rule”) amending the HIPAA Privacy Rule to expressly permit certain “covered entities” to disclose to the National Instant Criminal Background Check System...more

Gun Control and HIPAA

by Cozen O'Connor on

In the wake of recent gun violence and in a concerted effort to protect public safety, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) released a final rule published in the Federal Register January 6, 2016, that modifies...more

Firearms Industry Alert: Obama’s Executive Order Broadens Regulation, Highlights Compliance Challenges

by Williams Mullen on

This article is a preliminary report on the Obama administration’s action on gun control, which was announced on January 5, 2016, and provides a brief overview of the proposed action. We will provide more in-depth analysis...more

NICS and HIPAA: Where Mental Health Privacy and Gun Control Overlap; HHS Releases Notice of Proposed Rulemaking

by BakerHostetler on

On January 7, 2014, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) issued a notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) for the purpose of modifying the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA) to...more

H.H.S. Proposed Rule Affects HIPAA Privacy Rule And Background Check Reporting

by Tucker Arensberg, P.C. on

The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has released a proposed rule that would modify the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) Privacy Rule by allowing health care providers to make certain...more

Also in the News

by King & Spalding on

President Obama Signs Pathway for SGR Reform Act of 2013 – On December 26, 2013, President Obama signed the Pathway for SGR Reform Act of 2013 (the “Act”), preventing the scheduled payment reduction for...more

Firearms Debate Triggers OCR Request for Comments

Gun violence is a hot topic in the wake of the Newtown shootings and the aftermath of last week’s Boston Marathon bombings, and now health privacy has joined the debate....more

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