New Federal Data Sharing Rules Apply to Home Health & Hospice

On October 6th, 2022, new federal rules from the Office of the National Coordinator (ONC) around data sharing and access went into effect for nearly all health care providers, including home health and hospice agencies. The regulations, known as “information blocking” rules, were required as part of 2016’s 21st Century Cures Act, and are intended…

OCR Issues Guidance on HIPAA, Health Information Exchanges, and Disclosures of Protected Health Information for Public Health Purposes

On Friday, December 18, the Office for Civil Rights (OCR) at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) issued guidance on how the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA) permits covered entities and their business associates to use health information exchanges (HIEs) to disclose protected health information (PHI) for the…