The Real HIPAA

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HIPAA Supports Electronic Exchange of Health Information at the Federal, State, and Local Level

Lucia Savage, J.D. | January 11, 2017

Important work to ensure the health system is functioning properly is conducted by a wide variety of entities at the federal, state, and local level. These agencies may license health care professionals or health insurance companies, administer a state Medicaid program, monitor compliance and efficacy of health care programs, and even ensure individual civil rights related to how organizations use patients’ health information. This important work sometimes requires that the oversight agency receive health information about individuals,

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The Real HIPAA: Quality Assessment/Quality Improvement and Population-Based Activities Examples

Aja Brooks, J.D. | February 25, 2016

Welcome to the fourth and final blog post in our series on how HIPAA supports interoperability. In the previous installments, we provided practical examples and illustrations that show how Health Care Operations Permitted Uses and Disclosures apply to covered entities. In this post, we pick up where we left off and provide examples of how HIPAA supports exchange of electronic health information for Quality Assessment/Quality Improvement and Population-Based Activities.

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The Real HIPAA: Care Coordination, Care Planning, and Case Management Examples

Aja Brooks, J.D. | February 18, 2016

Welcome to the third blog post in our series. Blog #2 discussed how HIPAA supports interoperability, and discussed definitions of Treatment and Health Care Operations-functions for which HIPAA supports electronic exchange of health information. This blog post gives additional practical examples of exchange for Treatment and exchange for Health Care Operations. Let’s jump right in.

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The Real HIPAA: Permitted Uses and Disclosures

Aja Brooks, J.D. | February 11, 2016

Welcome to the second blog in our series on how HIPAA supports exchange of electronic health information for patient care and health. This blog post summarizes the new ONC fact sheets on HIPAA Permitted Uses and Disclosures for exchange (Treatment and Health Care Operations), developed in conjunction with the Office for Civil Rights. This installment answers the questions: What are HIPAA Permitted Uses and Disclosures?

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