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More on the Final HIPAA Omnibus Rule

To follow up our previous blog on the Final Omnibus Rule (“Rule”) regarding HIPAA and HITECH, 78 Fed.Reg. 17, Part II, 5566-5702 (Jan. 25, 2013), which modifies 45 CFR Parts 160 and 164, we will now discuss the changes to the Breach Notification Rule. The modifications will greatly reshape how Covered Entities and Business Associates view a breach. More >

HHS Issues Final HIPAA Omnibus Rule

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (“HHS”) recently announced its issuance of the highly-anticipated regulations or Final Omnibus Rule (“Rule”) relating to the modification of the HIPAA Privacy, Security, and Enforcement rules under the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health Act (“the HITECH Act”). 78 Fed.Reg. 17 Part II (January 25, 2013) modifying 45 CFR Parts 160, 162, 164. The Final Rule, 78 Fed.Reg. 17 Part II, 563 pages in length, makes significant changes of which all providers need to be aware. A complete examination of the sweeping changes cannot be done in one article, so we will make a general summary of the most important changes. More >

Kentucky Health Cooperative One Step Closer

The Kentucky Department of Insurance just approved Kentucky Health Cooperative’s (“KYHC”) entry into the Commonwealth of Kentucky’s HMO insurance market. With this endorsement, KYHC will now be allowed to offer health plans to hundreds of thousands of Kentuckians beginning in October 2013. Benefits are set to begin in January 2014—the deadline for when most citizens will be required to have health insurance under the laws of the Affordable Care Act (“ACA”). More >

An Analysis of Urinalysis—Considerations for Health Providers

Urinalysis, also referred to as urine drug screening, is an important procedure that health providers use for several reasons: to monitor patients’ medication compliance, detect drug abuse, or identify the presence of disease. There are numerous implications that accompany a urinalysis examination though, and health providers are sometimes left wondering if they should hand over the cup to patients. More >

Medicaid Expansion in Kentucky

The Supreme Court upheld much of President Obama’s Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (“PPACA”) in National Federation of Independent Business et al v. Sebelius, but overturned a key element of PPACA’s Medicaid expansion provisions. Originally, PPACA required states to expand Medicaid coverage to individuals at or below 133 percent of the federal poverty level or risk forfeiting existing federal funding for the state’s Medicaid program.  In National Federation, the Supreme Court held that PPACA could not withdraw existing Medicaid funding from states choosing not to expand their programs. This change presents each state with a meaningful choice to opt in or out of PPACA’s Medicaid expansion. More >

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