HHS Proposes Modifications to HIPAA Privacy Rule
On December 10, 2020, the Department for Health and Human Services (HHS) announced proposed changes to the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) Privacy Rule to support individuals’ engagement in their care, remove barriers to coordinated care, and reduce regulatory burdens on the healthcare industry.
The proposed changes are part of HHS’s Regulatory Sprint to Coordinated Care, which seeks to promote value-based healthcare by examining federal regulations that impede efforts among healthcare providers and health plans to better coordinate care for patients.
Some of these changes would include:
Fee Limits and Disclosures
Notice of Privacy Practices (NPP)
The changes are still in the Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) stage. The final rule, if adopted, would take effect 60 days after publication in the Federal Register and compliance would be required 180 days after that, providing a 240-day compliance period.
These changes would require healthcare providers to revise their HIPAA policies, forms, and processes. Providers may also need to revise any business associate agreements, especially with regard to
For more information about the proposed changes to the HIPAA privacy rule, including how to submit public comments in the Federal Register, please visit the HHS website:
For Glenwood, keeping an eye on current trends allows us to continuously update our products to remain a top competitor in the marketplace. The COVID pandemic has presented a new challenge and our team has risen to the occasion; we have added new features that will allow users to track COVID-related information within GlaceEMR. Read on to learn how these changes can help you better serve your patients as we all continue to adapt to the evolving healthcare landscape.
EMR Updates: COVID-19 Vaccine Available in Glace
Glenwood is ready with all the COVID-19 vaccine-related information in our database based on CDC recommendations.
We are working to add a COVID-19 feature in our flowsheet to track if a patient has already received the vaccination from an outside source.
We are currently developing reports to track all the patients who have received the vaccine – both first and second dose.
A decision support alert is also being added to track whether a patient has received both the doses and confirm the correct vaccine when they receive the second dose.
Billing Updates: Easy Book Appointments
Easy Book appointments are now available on the provider website and remote check-in can be done via phone from your home or the office parking lot.
Any new or existing patient can now book an appointment from the provider website without needing to create an account or login.
Also, once the appointment is booked, the patient can check-in and pay their balance from any location by using their phone.
It's still dominating the news: COVID-19. The pandemic has made a huge impact on our daily lives and forced us to reevaluate the current healthcare landscape. Industry-wide changes have already been made and more are on the horizon. Keep informed of the latest updates and see what actions you can take now to ensure you are in the best position for success in 2021.
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