Legal

Webinar Will Address Ransomware and Emerging Cyber Threats That Target Hospitals

Crime does not stop because of COVID-19. The increasing sophistication and frequency of ransomware, phishing, and hacking attacks mean that the health care industry is more vulnerable than ever to cybersecurity threats. On Feb. 11 from 1:30 to 3 p.m. (PT), CHA will host a webinar that will discuss firsthand hospital experience with attacks in late 2020 and how to safeguard patient care and protect operations.  

HHS Proposes Changing HIPAA Rules

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Office for Civil Rights has announced proposed changes to the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) privacy rule. The changes  aim to increase patients’ access to their health information, improve care coordination, and reduce the regulatory burden for providers and health plans. CHA is analyzing the proposed regulation and will provide members with additional details in the coming weeks. 

CMS to Host Call on Stark Law Final Rule

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services will hold a Special Open Door Forum on Dec. 2 at 11 a.m. (PT) to discuss its  final rule to modernize and clarify the regulations that interpret the Medicare physician self-referral law, also known as the Stark Law.  

CHA Continues Advocacy for Hospitals on New PPE Stockpile Law

CHA recognizes that with the Jan. 15, 2021, reporting requirement for Assembly Bill 2537 and its April 1, 2021, personal protective equipment (PPE) stockpile deadlines right around the corner, hospitals are struggling with how to meet the new law’s obligations. Following is an update on CHA’s advocacy efforts with Cal/OSHA, which began shortly after the bill was signed.   

CMS Issues Final Rule on Stark Law

On Nov. 20, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services issued its final rule to modernize and clarify the regulations that interpret the Medicare physician self-referral law, also known as the Stark Law. 

Webinar to Address Hospital Visitor and Support Person Laws, COVID-19 Guidelines

CHA will host a webinar from 1 to 2 p.m. on Oct. 30 to help hospitals’ visitation guidelines comply with recent COVID-19 requirements. Experts from CHA and Sutter Health will examine the laws and latest guidance on visitation policies and share real-world experiences to help hospitals and health systems strike the right balance. Additional details and registration information are available here.