The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA) Privacy Rule provides standards for the use and disclosure of “individually identifiable health information,” dubbed protected health information, or PHI. PHI is information, including demographic information, that relates to an individual’s physical or mental health, the provision of health care to the individual, or payment for the provision of health care to the individual. Such information constitutes PHI if it identifies the individual or if there is a reasonable basis to believe it can be used to identify the individual to whom the health information pertains. Thus, PHI includes many … Continue Reading
Please join Epstein Becker Green’s Health Care & Life Sciences and Labor & Employment practitioners as we continue to review the Affordable Care Act and its ongoing impact on employers and their group health plans.
In less than a year, employers employing at least 50 full-time employees will be subject to the Employer Shared Responsibility provisions. Under these provisions, if employers do not offer health coverage or do not offer affordable health coverage that provides a minimum level of value to their full-time employees, they may be subject to a tax penalty under the proposed regulations just issued by the … Continue Reading
They say that everything is bigger in Texas, and the Lone Star State’s new privacy protection laws are no exception. Texas House Bill 300 (“HB 300”) amends the Texas Medical Records Privacy Act (“Texas Act”) and takes effect on September 1, 2012. HB 300 significantly expands patient privacy protections for Texas covered entities beyond those federal requirements as outlined by the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (“HIPAA”) and the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health (“HITECH”) Act by:
•revising the definition of a “covered entity;”
•increasing mandates on covered entities;
•establishing standards for the use … Continue Reading