Who you are makes a big difference in how and whether you must protect individually identifiable health information under HIPAA.   As we near the end of 2013, I look back at the events of the past year and am struck by the breadth and complexity of the issues we have written about on this blog

I read a recent Forbes.com post by Rick Ungar (“Claims That Obamacare Website Violates Health Privacy Reveals Embarrassing Fact – GOP Does Not Understand HIPAA or Obamacare”) that revealed a truly embarrassing fact:  very few of us really understand HIPAA, let alone the intricacies of the Affordable Care Act (“ACA” or “Obamacare”) and its interplay

If your hospital is being raked over the coals in the media for alleged fraudulent billing, it’s understandable to want to set the record straight. However, releasing patient information without consent is not the wisest approach. 

California’s Shasta Regional Medical Center and its parent company Prime Healthcare Services have come under fire for aggressive Medicare

Need to educate the public about health information technology? How about an animated cartoon? According to an article entitled When Health IT Meets Bugs Bunny in Information Week Healthcare,  ONC is seeking bids from contractors to produce short animated films explaining the concepts in plain English. In the RFP, ONC noted:

"Although the widespread use of health IT

Looking to buy or upgrade your scheduling, billing and collection software? Want to make sure what you’re buying meets the latest HIPAA electronic standard transaction criteria and is able to handle the new ICD-10 codes? Shopping for an Electronic Health Record (EHR) system that includes a practice management component and will qualify for HITECH subsidies? The American Medical Association and

Pennsylvania, get ready for another acronym: "QUICKSTEPS" (Quality Improvement and Care for Kids through Electronic Programs).  This is the state’s new five-year pediatric EMR initiative, funded by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services through the Children’s Health Insurance Program Reauthorization Act, or CHIPRA. Using $10 million in federal grants, the state’s departments of