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OCR Guidance on Ensuring Equal Access to Emergency Services During Hurricane Florence

Official guidance from the Office for Civil Rights

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As Hurricane Florence makes landfall, the HHS Office for Civil Rights (OCR) and its federal partners remain in close coordination to help ensure that emergency officials effectively address the needs of at-risk populations as part of disaster response. If you believe that a person or organization covered by the Privacy and Security Rules (a "covered entity") violated your health information privacy rights or otherwise violated the Privacy or Security Rules, you may file a complaint with OCR. For additional information about how to file a complaint, visit OCR's web page on filing complaints at http://www.hhs.gov/ocr/privacy/hipaa/complaints/index.html.

Is It Legal to Record Your Visit with the Doctor?

Journal of the American Medical Association with an updated article from the BMJ

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In the article titled, "Can Patients Make Recordings of Medical Encounters?" from the JAMA Network authors Elwyn, Barr, and Castaldo discuss some of the broader legalities of making a recording while visiting your doctor.

Making a recording that you can add to your personal health record can be a great way of maintaining documentation and accountability for your care, as well as assist you and your family in remembering instructions given to you by your care provider.

Understanding the legalities can help ensure this is a positive experience for both you and your doctor and will allow you to make recordings that are admissible in court if needed.

The Guide to Getting & Using Your Health Records

An Office of the National Coordinator published web guide

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This newly published web guide from ONC titled, "The Guide to Getting & Using Your Health Records: The steps, tips, and tools you’ll need to get, check, and use your health record" helps to instruct consumers on how to get their health record from healthcare providers, their rights to those records, and some specific ways in which to get a hold of that information.

Visualized: Mashing up 2015 Edition Certification and Progress Attestation Requirements

An article from Health IT Buzz

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Have you ever wondered what a health information technology (health IT) developer’s share of meaningful use eligible hospitals looked like compared to its peers? How about the same for eligible clinicians under the Quality Payment Program (QPP)? Well, look no further. Today, the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) published two […]

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Everything you need to know about the WannaCry / Wcry / WannaCrypt ransomware

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I woke up to a flood of news about ransomware today. By virtue of being down here in Australia, a lot happens in business hours around the world while we're sleeping but conversely, that's given me some time to collate information whilst everyone else is taking a break. The WannaCry incident is both new and scary in some ways and more of the same old stuff in others. Here's what I know and what the masses out there need to understand about this and indeed about ransomware in general.

Ransomware Fact Sheet

Guidance from the U.S. Department of Human Services

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From the HHS Ransomware Fact Sheet:

A recent U.S. Government interagency report indicates that, on average, there have been 4,000 daily ransomware attacks since early 2016 (a 300% increase over the 1,000 daily ransomware attacks reported in 2015).1 Ransomware exploits human and technical weaknesses to gain access to an organization’s technical infrastructure in order to deny the organization access to its own data by encrypting that data.

Everything you wanted to know about SQL injection

But were afraid to ask...

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From the Troy Hunt article:

"The indictment also suggest that the hackers, in most cases, did not employ particularly sophisticated methods to gain initial entry into the corporate networks. The papers show that in most cases, the breach was made via SQL injection flaws -- a threat that has been thoroughly documented and understood for well over than a decade."

Data by Geography Training

A Health Resources & Services Administration YouTube video

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HRSA’s mission is to improve health and achieve health equity through access to quality services, a skilled health workforce, and innovative programs. This video provides an overview of how to utilize the Data by Geography tool that helps outline HRSA’s investments nationwide or by a geographic area, including: HHS region, state, county, congressional district, and ZIP Code.

Health app developers, what are your questions about HIPAA?

A resource from the US Office for Civil Rights

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From the OCR website: 

We are experiencing an explosion of technology using data about the health of individuals in innovative ways to improve health outcomes. Building privacy and security protections into technology products enhances their value by providing some assurance to users that the information is safe and secure and will be used and disclosed only as approved or expected. Such protections are sometimes required by federal and state laws, including the HIPAA Privacy, Security and Breach Notification Rules.

Ranked Health: Curated Health Apps & Devices

Health app rankings by clinicians, researchers, & patients

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From the Ranked Health website: 

RANKED Health is a project run by the Hacking Medicine Institute (HMi), a non-profit organization spun out of MIT’s Hacking Medicine program. This project is designed to review and rank healthcare focused applications, providing independent, unbiased and accurate information to accelerate patient and provider adoption of clinically proven and high-quality digital health solutions. In addition to identifying best-in-class healthcare applications for better health monitoring and disease management, RANKED Health also helps uncover unsafe and ineffective apps on the market.

Mobile Health Apps Interactive Tool

Find out which federal laws you need to follow

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From the Federal Trade Commission website: 

Does your mobile app collect, create, or share consumer information? Does it diagnose or treat a disease or health condition? Then this tool will help you figure out which – and it may be more than one – federal laws apply. It’s not meant to be legal advice about all of your compliance obligations, but it will give you a snapshot of a few important laws and regulations from three federal agencies.

Business Associate Contracts

Sample Business Associate Agreement Provisions provided by the Office of Civil Rights

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From the OCR website:

A “business associate” is a person or entity, other than a member of the workforce of a covered entity, who performs functions or activities on behalf of, or provides certain services to, a covered entity that involve access by the business associate to protected health information.  A “business associate” also is a subcontractor that creates, receives, maintains, or transmits protected health information on behalf of another business associate. 

NQF Identification and Prioritization of HIT Patient Safety Measures

National Quality Forum HIT Safety Report

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From the NQF website:

"In order to address the rapidly-evolving area of HIT and its intersection with quality and outcomes, NQF initiated a project to develop a set of recommendations around the measurement of HIT-related safety issues."

How your data is collected and commoditised via “free” online services

The fiscal impact of data breach

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I get a lot of people popping up with data breaches for Have I been pwned (HIBP). There’s an interesting story in that itself actually, one I must get around to writing in the future as folks come from all sorts of different backgrounds and offer up data they’ve come across in various locations. Recently someone sent me a list of various data breaches they’d obtained.

Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act (MACRA)

Important changes to how Medicare pays those who give care to Medicare beneficiaries

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From the CMS YouTube page: During this MLN Connects® video, CMS subject matter experts provide an overview of the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act (MACRA), which makes three important changes to how Medicare pays those who give care to Medicare beneficiaries: 
  1. Ending the Sustainable Growth Rate (SGR) formula that determines Medicare payments for services
  2. Making a new framework to reward health care providers for giving better care 
  3. Combining our existing quality reporting programs into one new system

HRSA’s 2018 National Ryan White Conference on HIV Care & Treatment

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HRSA’s 2018 National Ryan White Conference on HIV Care & TreatmentHRSA’s 2018 National Ryan White Conference on HIV Care & Treatment, held December 11-14, 2018, at the National Harbor in Oxon Hill, Maryland, is the largest national conference for comprehensive HIV care and treatment providers, Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program recipients, stakeholders, and people living with HIV. This video highlights the impact of this event.

EHBs Help and Knowledge Base Overview for Grantees

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EHBs Help and Knowledge Base Overview for GranteesThis video provides an overview of the HRSA Electronic Handbooks (EHBs) Help and Knowledge Base for grantees and provides guidance on how to find helpful information. Additionally, it will provide a walkthrough of the different ways grantees can access the Help and Knowledge Base from the EHBs.

BPHC Knowledge Bank

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BPHC Knowledge BankThis video provides an overview of the Knowledge Bank, and some background information on BPHC Answers. Through this video you will understand how to access the Knowledge Bank, you will receive tips to navigate the Knowledge Bank, and will also find helpful resources on how to provide feedback to EAD regarding this content.

Uniform Data System (UDS) 2018 Enhancements

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Uniform Data System (UDS) 2018 EnhancementsThe purpose of this video is to highlight optional data reporting features for the 2018 Uniform Data System (UDS). This video will walk through both the Offline Excel and the Offline HTML UDS reporting options. All tracking numbers, identification numbers, and health center names in this video are fictional and were created at random for instructional purposes only.

HV ImpACT Webinar on Professional Growth and Well being subtitles

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HV ImpACT Webinar on Professional Growth and Well being subtitlesThis Home Visiting ImpACT webinar discusses how wellness matters in every aspect of home visiting from leadership to direct service, explore strategies and resources to boost workforce wellness in home visiting programs.

Improving Postpartum Care: MIECHV Opportunities

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Improving Postpartum Care: MIECHV OpportunitiesThis Home Visiting ImpACT webinar discusses the importance of increased attention to postpartum wellness and the unique needs of women after giving birth and describes strategies for home visiting programs to better support women and families during the postpartum period.

HRSA's Maternal, Infant, and Early Childhood Home Visiting Program

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HRSA's Maternal, Infant, and Early Childhood Home Visiting ProgramThe HRSA Maternal, Infant, and Early Childhood Home Visiting Program launched in 2010 to improve the lives of America’s most vulnerable children and families through voluntary, evidence-based home visiting for at-risk pregnant women and parents with young children.in 2010 to improve the lives of America’s most vulnerable children and families through voluntary, evidence-based home visiting for at-risk pregnant women and parents with young children.

HRSA Federal Office of Rural Health Policy Black Lung Clinics Program

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HRSA Federal Office of Rural Health Policy Black Lung Clinics ProgramThe Health Resources and Services Administration’s Black Lung Clinics Program awards grants to health centers, hospitals, and other facilities that provide medical, outreach, educational, and benefits counseling services to coal miners across the country, regardless of a miner’s ability to pay.

Transplant Talk: Your Organs Are Amazing! Here’s Why - Spanish

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Transplant Talk: Your Organs Are Amazing! Here’s Why - SpanishThis animated video describes the important role of our eight major organs and how recipients’ lives are transformed because of the new organs and tissues they receive. For more information about organ donation or to register as an organ, eye, and tissue donor in your state, visit organdonor.gov or donaciondeorganos.gov. Learn more about the organ donation process: https://www.organdonor.gov/about/process.html Sign up online as an organ donor: https://www.organdonor.gov/register.html
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