Last month, I wrote about how the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has begun enforcing HIPAA by imposing large financial penalties against healthcare providers for HIPAA violations. (In the first case, a healthcare provider received a $4.3 million civil penalty for failing to provide timely personal health information to patients upon their request; in the other, a different provider agreed to a $1 million settlement for disclosing patients’ personal health information without their … [Read more...] about Stricter HIPAA Enforcement: What Will It Mean For Your Firm’s Advance Directive Documents?
Many of us have found ourselves complaining, or have heard clients complain, about HIPAA. Hospitals and doctors’ offices now require the completion of additional paperwork. Hospitals, doctors, and health insurers sometimes refuse to share information with patients or with family members, citing HIPAA as the barrier even when it isn’t. But recent news reminds us why certain pieces of this law were enacted in the first place. In February of this year, in response to particularly egregious … [Read more...] about HIPAA Brings Down the Hammer
The federal Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), has just proposed a new rule broadening patients’ rights to have visitors in the hospital. The Proposed Rule would allow patients to name the individuals whom they want to visit them in the hospital, and the hospital must honor these wishes. Their choices wouldn’t be limited to immediate family, even in the ICU, as hospitals’ policies often now require. (Of course, there would be exceptions based on medical appropriateness.) The impetus … [Read more...] about New Healthcare Directive in the Making?