HHS Proposes Changes To The HIPAA Regulations

On January 21, 2021 the Office of Civil Rights (OCR) of the Department of Health & Human Services (HHS) issued proposed changes to the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) Privacy Rule to support individuals’ engagement in their care, remove barriers to coordinated care, and reduce regulatory burdens on the health care industry. Several of…

Office for Civil Rights Issues Resource Document on HIPAA and IT Asset Inventories

The Department of Health & Human Services (HHS) Office for Civil Rights (OCR) has published, as  part of its Summer 2020 Cybersecurity Newsletter, a resource document to assist covered entities in conduction of an effective risk analysis to ensure compliance with the Security Rule.  The OCR is tasked with enforcing the Health Insurance Portability and…

Feds Issue Health Care Malware Warning

The Office of Civil Rights (OCR) of the Department of Health and Human Services has issued a warning to health care providers about the Taidoor Malware being used by the Chinese government. The warning from the OCR and the Assistant Secretar for Preparedness and Response (ASPR) includes a warning about malware, as well as response…

Alert: Watch Out for a Postcard Disguised as Official OCR Communication

The Office of Civil Rights (OCR) of the Department of Health & Human Services (HHS) is alerting the public of postcards being sent to health care organizations disguised as official OCR communications and claiming to be notices of a mandatory HIPAA compliance risk assessment.  The postcards have a Washington, D.C. return address, and the sender…

Office of Civil Rights Issues Guidance on Prohibiting Discrimination During COVID-19

The Office for Civil Rights (OCR) at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), on July 20, issued guidance to ensure that recipients of federal financial assistance understand that they must comply with applicable federal civil rights laws and regulations that prohibit discrimination on the basis of race, color, and national origin in…

CMS issues Final Non-Discrimination Regulations

The Office for Civil Rights (OCR) of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has issued a final rule significantly revising the non-discrimination regulations that implemented Section 1557 of the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Section 1557 builds on long-standing and familiar Federal civil rights laws: Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Title IX…

Controversial “Conscience Rights” Rule Delayed

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has agreed to postpone the effective date of the Protecting Statutory Conscience Rights in Health Care; Delegations of Authority  rule.  The rule, commonly referred to as “the conscience rule”, was set to take effect this month and has been delayed by at least four months to…