Tag: healthcare

Q&A: Revoking authorization for disclosure

Q: If an individual provides authorization for a disclosure, can the individual later revoke the authorization? Is the covered entity (CE) then required to “take back” or demand the erasure of any documentation by third parties that may have been made following the original authorization? A: Individuals have the right to revoke their authorizations in […]

CMS updates emergency preparedness survey guidance and pandemic best practices

CMS released updated guidance for surveyors related to emergency preparedness requirements on Friday, March 26, incorporating changes to the rules in recent years and lessons learned from the pandemic. The “Updated Guidance for Emergency Preparedness – Appendix Z of the State Operations Manual” detailed changes made through the Burden Reduction Rule (84 FR 51732) in […]

HHS extends public comment period for HIPAA Privacy Rule modifications

The Office for Civil Rights (OCR) announced on March 9 a 45-day extension for the public comment period for the Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) to modify the HIPAA Privacy Rule. The NPRM was first published in the Federal Register on January 21. At the time, individuals had 60 days to submit their comments. The […]

TJC to resume unannounced survey visits

The Joint Commission (TJC) is returning to its more traditional survey activities – onsite and unannounced, as of March 15. In a statement in its Joint Commission Online weekly publication, TJC noted that COVID-19 caseloads have been decreasing. “The Joint Commission will return to its usual procedures prior to the pandemic. Organizations will no longer be receiving […]

Pros and Cons of Requiring COVID-19 Vaccinations

The long-awaited COVID-19 vaccine’s arrival has provided a ray of sunshine for employers hoping for a better 2021. But it also raised a slew of questions: How long until my workforce has access to it? Can I require all employees to be vaccinated? What if an individual worker refuses? Let’s look at the reasoning behind […]

CMS unveils new quality measures under consideration

CMS unveiled new quality measures under consideration for nursing homes shortly before Christmas. While some previously implemented measures have been updated, there are several new measures focused on the COVID-19 pandemic, and vaccinations in healthcare settings. The new measures under consideration, as outlined by CMS, include: Five outcome measures (measures that focus on the results […]

Federal Rules Impose Strict Deadlines for Health Plans to Cover COVID-19 Vaccines

Health plans will have to start covering COVID-19 vaccines shortly after their approval, regardless of whether they are delivered by an in-network provider, under regulations finalized by three federal agencies.The interim final rule published on November 6 (85 Fed. Reg. 71142) is designed to implement various healthcare and coverage provisions of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, […]

Q&A: HIPAA during natural disasters

Q: When dealing with a natural disaster such as the California wildfires, does the HIPAA Privacy Rule allow information to be shared more easily? What are some examples of changes to the Privacy Rule during these circumstances? A: When residents are incapacitated or receiving emergency treatment, their information may be included in a facility directory […]

FFCRA Exemptions for Healthcare Providers Clarified

The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) recently clarified which healthcare providers are exempt from the Families First Coronavirus Response Act’s (FFCRA) paid sick and family and medical leave policies. How We Got Here When the FFCRA was first enacted, the DOL indicated healthcare providers’ employees were exempt from the emergency paid sick leave and expanded […]

CMS expands access to COVID-19 antibody treatments for Medicare beneficiaries

The Food and Drug Administration issued an emergency use authorization (EUA) for the monoclonal antibody therapy bamlanivimab on November 9. As a result, Medicare beneficiaries will receive coverage of monoclonal antibodies to treat COVID-19 during the public health emergency, announced CMS administrator Seema Verma. CMS anticipates that healthcare providers will initially receive the monoclonal antibody […]