OCR Releases Guidance Regarding De-Identification of Protected Health Information

November 30th, 2012|

On November 26, 2012, the Office of Civil Rights (OCR) released guidance on the de-identification of protected health information (PHI) in accordance with the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA) Privacy Rule.  This guidance provides an explanation of two methods for achieving de-identification of PHI:  Expert Determination and Safe Harbor.

What is […]

HIPAA Tip of the Month: Authorizations – Part 1

November 15th, 2012|

By Nikola Philpott
When is a covered entity required to obtain a written authorization for the use and discloser of protected health information? 

According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), under the Privacy Rule, “a covered entity must obtain the individual’s written authorization for any use or disclosure of protected health information […]

Election Results and Healthcare Reform

November 8th, 2012|

By Nikola Philpott
President Barack Obama is back in the White House for another four years, Democrats control the Senate, and Republicans control the House.  What does this mean for the future of healthcare reform?

We looked at several articles that discussed the potential impact of the elections on the healthcare reform law and compiled a […]