OCR Issues Audit Report on Health Care Industry Compliance with the HIPAA Rules

Late last month, the Office for Civil Rights (OCR) at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) released its 2016-2017 HIPAA Audits Industry Report that reviewed selected health care entities and business associates for compliance with certain provisions of the HIPAA Privacy, Security, and Breach Notification Rules. The Health Information Technology for Economic…

Home Health Value-Based Purchasing (HHVBP) Model Expansion

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced  late last week that the Home Health Value-Based Purchasing (HHVBP) Model will be expanded, with implementation being created by rulemaking no earlier than January 1, 2022. NAHC is working to obtain additional information and share that in NAHC Report when it becomes available. A nationwide expansion was…

NAHC Urges Feds to Make Some COVID-Era Reforms Permanent

The National Association for Home Care & Hospice (NAHC) submitted comments in response to a Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) request for information on which COVID-19-related regulatory waivers and flexibilities should be made permanent – beyond the public health emergency (PHE) or remain temporary, and lapse when the PHE is over. HHS specifically…

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…

HHS Wants Your View on Regulatory Changes

Which reg changes made during the pandemic should be permanent? Tell HHS now! The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has  issued a request for information (RFI) soliciting input from a broad array of health care stakeholders on the costs and benefits of the regulatory changes the agency has made in response to the…

CMS Proposes New Rules to Address Prior Authorization and Reduce Burden on Patients and Providers

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) issued a proposed rule on Thursday, December 10, intended to improve the electronic exchange of health care data among payers, providers, and patients, and streamline processes related to prior authorization to reduce burden on providers and patients. According to CMS, the proposed rule aims to improve data sharing…

House Approves Hospice Survey Reforms to Increase Survey Frequency, Expand Remedies

On December 8, as part of the year-end legislative push, the U.S. House of Representatives approved the Beneficiary Enrollment Notification and Eligibility Simplification Act of 2019 (BENES Act) to address negative findings by the Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of the Inspector General (OIG) regarding survey performance by Medicare-certified hospice providers. The BENES Act incorporates the…

Tell CMS Your Innovative Approaches & Best Practices

We want your solutions! Send your responses to katie@nahc.org ASAP! The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) posted a request for information (RFI) on innovative approaches and best practices in health care in response to the COVID19 pandemic. CMS recognizes that providers have rapidly reengineered their policies and programs for both COVID–19 and non-…

Lost Fundraising Revenues May Count as Patient Care Costs under Provider Relief Fund

PRF FAQs Clarifies Treatment of Lost Fundraising Revenues Since creation of the Provider Relief Fund (PRF) under the CARES Act, the Department of Health & Human Services (HHS) has issued numerous clarifications related to the PRF and its allowed uses.  In the latest series of updates, HHS has provided a clarification related to fundraising losses,…

Cyber Alert:  Ransomware Activity Targeting the Health care and Public Health Sector

The Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA), the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) have credible information of an increased and imminent cybercrime threat to U.S. health care providers and hospitals. CISA, FBI, and HHS have released AA20-302A Ransomware Activity Targeting the Healthcare and Public Health Sector that…