Guide Available to Help Hospitals Bolster Cybersecurity
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Administration for Strategic Preparedness and Response has released a roadmap to help health care organizations bolster cybersecurity.
ONC Approves Six Qualified Health Information Networks to Implement Exchange Framework
The Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology announced the approval of the first six qualified health information networks (QHINs) to implement the Trusted Exchange Framework and Common Agreement (TEFCA).
Template Letter Available to Help Members Address Concerns with Data Sharing Agreement
Last week, CHA released a template letter that members can use in response to the state if their hospital decides not to sign the Data Sharing Agreement (DSA) at this time.
Online Portal to Sign Data Sharing Agreement Now Available
The California Health and Human Services Agency (CalHHS) recently announced that an online portal is available for hospitals and health agencies to sign the state’s Data Sharing Agreement (DSA).
HHS Proposes Confidentiality Protections for Substance Use Disorder Patient Records
The U.S. Department of Health & Human Services (HHS) has issued a proposed rule on changes to the confidentiality of substance use disorder patient records.
CHA Webinar to Focus on Newly Established Data Sharing Agreement
A new statewide data exchange framework is the focus of a CHA webinar set for Nov. 29.
CHA Prepares Fact Sheet on Data Sharing Agreement
The California Health and Human Services Agency has released the Data Sharing Agreement and related policies and procedures required under Assembly Bill (AB) 133. To assist members, CHA has prepared a fact sheet about the Data Sharing Agreement, open items still in consideration, and the next steps for the state.
HHS Issues HIPAA Guidance for Audio-Only Telehealth Services
The Office for Civil Rights (OCR) at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services issued new guidance on how covered health care providers and health plans can use remote communication technologies for audio-only telehealth in a HIPAA-compliant manner, including following the end of the national COVID-19 public health emergency.
Revised State Budget Proposes Important Health Care Investments but Does Not Address Hospitals’ Inflationary Challenges
On May 13, Gov. Newsom released the May Revision with modifications to the proposed state budget he first presented in January. Tax revenue estimates have surged by $55 billion since the governor’s January budget proposal, creating a discretionary budgetary surplus of $49 billion and allowing the state to make new investments beyond what was proposed […]
HHS Seeks Comments on Cybersecurity Practices and HIPAA Penalties
The Department of Health and Human Services Office of Civil Rights has issued a request for information on the security practices of covered entities and its determinations on fines, audits, and remedies to resolve potential violations of the 1996 HIPAA Security Rule.