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Patient Privacy Rights

New SAMHSA Rule: Permissible Part 2 Substance Abuse Disclosures to Subcontractors

by Baker Ober Health Law on

On January 3, 2018, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) issued a final rule to revise 42 CFR Part 2, the federal regulations governing confidentiality of certain substance abuse patients'...more

Connecticut Recognizes New Cause of Action for Breach of Patient/Physician Confidentiality

by Murtha Cullina on

Based on the decision in a recent Connecticut Supreme Court case, patients may now sue physicians for breaching confidentiality. Previously, Connecticut did not recognize breach of confidentiality as a cause of action. ...more

Connecticut Supreme Court Recognizes New Cause of Action for Patient Privacy Breach

by Shipman & Goodwin LLP on

On January 16, 2018, the Connecticut Supreme Court issued a decision recognizing a common law duty of confidentiality arising from the physician-patient relationship, and the corresponding right of a patient to sue his or her...more

SAMHSA Finalizes Second Round of Changes to Federal Substance Use Disorder Privacy Rule

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

New federal regulations published on January 3, 2018, clarify when lawful holders of substance-use disorder records may use and disclose patient identifying information for payment, health care operations, and audits and...more

SAMHSA Finalizes Additional Changes to the Confidentiality of Substance Use Disorder Patient Records Regulations

by Epstein Becker & Green on

On January 3, 2018, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (“SAMHSA”) published a final rule (“Final Rule”) to further update the Confidentiality of Substance Use Disorder Patient Records regulations...more

Final Rule Clarifies When Substance Abuse Programs Can Disclose Patient Information

by Pepper Hamilton LLP on

A final rule from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration establishes requirements for the exchange of patient information between substance abuse treatment programs and their agents and contractors. ...more

Further modernizations to rules on confidentiality of substance use disorder patient records on the way

by Bricker & Eckler LLP on

On January 3, 2018, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) issued a Final Rule which results in changes to the federal regulations governing substance use disorder patient records, or so-called...more

When is a child not a child for the purpose of access to health records?

by Sands Anderson PC on

Healthcare providers are accustomed to adult involvement in the medical care of most “unemancipated” minors – minors who are not legally independent from their parents. Access to the minor’s records and/or medical information...more

To text or not to text? CMS issues guidance

by Bricker & Eckler LLP on

Over the last few years, health care providers have watched with interest as The Joint Commission wrestled with its stance on texting patient information....more

New Substance Use Disorder Confidentiality Final Rules

by Holland & Knight LLP on

The federal Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAHMSA) published a Final Rule on January 3, 2018 making further changes to federal rules governing the confidentiality of substance use disorder patient...more

CMS Memo on Texting Patient Information

by Holland & Knight LLP on

CMS issued a memo to state survey agency directors on December 28, 2017, to clarify CMS’s position on texting patient information. The memo, which indicates that it is effective “immediately,” states that CMS prohibits...more

Defence + Indemnity: December 2017 - I. Insurance Issues C.

by Field Law on

I. INSURANCE ISSUES - E. A hospital insurer was held to owe a duty to defend a hospital employee sued for the privacy tort of inclusion upon seclusion, as such was an “invasion or violation of privacy” or an “invasion or...more

Requirements for Participation Guidance for LTC Surveyors Published

by Baker Ober Health Law on

The State Operations Manual Guidance for Long Term Care Surveyors (Appendix PP), effective November 28, 2017, has undergone substantial revision. As a result of regulatory changes, the F-tags for surveys have been renumbered....more

FDA Finalizes Policy for Sharing Patient-Specific Data from Medical Devices

by Reed Smith on

FDA recently released guidance (“Manufacturers Sharing Patient-Specific Information from Medical Devices with Patients Upon Request”) finalizing its policy on medical device manufacturers sharing patient-specific information...more

Healthcare Employers, Beware: HIPAA Whistleblowers Could Be (Legally) Leaking Protected Health Information

by Fisher Phillips on

In this day and age, healthcare employers are quite familiar with the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA), which protects the disclosure of patients’ confidential health information. After all, in the...more

Recall Highlights Medical Device Cybersecurity Issues

by Knobbe Martens on

On August 29, the FDA announced a recall of 465,000 implantable pacemakers, citing concerns that hackers may be able to take control of the pacemakers’ settings. This would open patients up to danger from improper pacing or...more

In hospitals, angry guys with guns (even with badges) are a bad idea

Medicine and law enforcement can be a combustible combination, as a widely publicized incident in a Utah emergency room has reminded. The ugly incident has underscored the importance of hospitals keeping big, upset guys with...more

Aetna and its Vendor Face Class Action Lawsuit over HIV Disclosure

A Pennsylvania man has filed a class action lawsuit against Aetna Inc., accusing it of violating his privacy rights when the insurer mailed him prescription information in an envelope with a large, clear window that disclosed...more

Healthcare Insurer Rebuked for Exposing Policyholders’ HIV Status

Two legal advocacy groups have accused Aetna Inc. – the Hartford-based healthcare company – of “gross” breaches of privacy and confidentiality including violations of federal healthcare law when a third-party vendor...more

Improper HIPAA Disclosure Results in Termination and Legal Dispute

The Kentucky Court of Appeals recently held that a hospital acted lawfully in terminating the employment of a nurse for violating the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA). The nurse had been...more

2-Year Statute Of Limitations Applies To HIV Patient’s Privacy Suit

by Jackson Lewis P.C. on

A New Jersey appeals court recently ruled that a two-year statute of limitations applies to a claim by an HIV-positive patient asserting one of his doctors improperly disclosed his medical status to a third party without...more

Key Takeaways from Oklahoma’s New Telemedicine Law

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin recently signed into law SB 726, establishing new telemedicine practice standards, including explicitly allowing doctors to create valid physician-patient relationships via telemedicine without...more

DeepMind Deal with NHS Trust Reveals Privacy Concerns

Back in 2015, DeepMind, a Google company, signed a deal with the Royal Free NHS Foundation Trust. The deal allowed DeepMind access to 1.6 million patients health information as well as the ability to develop an app called...more

(Un)Protected Health Information Held for Ransom

by Snell & Wilmer on

Recent experiences of major health care companies offer a reminder of the importance of data security and following a well-written policy for compliance with the HIPAA Privacy Rule....more

Global Privacy & Cybersecurity Update Vol. 14

by Jones Day on

New York Attorney General Announces Record Number of Data Breach Notices in 2016 - On March 21, 2017, the New York Attorney General's Office announced that it received 1,300 reported data breaches in 2016—a 60 percent...more

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