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August 16, 2017

On August 2, 2017 the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) issued the Fiscal Year (FY) 2018 Inpatient Prospective Payment System (IPPS) final rule that updates Medicare payment and polices when patients are discharged from hospitals.  The changes, which will apply to approximately 3,330 acute care hospitals and approximately 420 long-term care hospitals (LTCHs), will affect discharges occurring on or after October 1, 2017.

Read more: CMS New Rule Aims to Boost Flexibility, Innovation

August 9, 2017

Among other things, the HITECH Act of 2009 requires the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to publish information about breaches of protected health information (PHI) involving 500 or more patients.  Following recent changes to the agency’s website, that information still appears, but if the breach is 24 months old or older, it now appears in an archive rather than on the main page.  The website now includes a front page featuring a list of more recent incidents that are still under investigation by the Office of Civil Rights (OCR) as well as a separate archive of older, resolved breaches.

Read more: Data Breach Website Helps Providers and Patients Research and Report

July 26, 2017

The Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Inspector General (OIG) has announced that it is converting to a "dynamic, web-based Work Plan" format.  Under this new policy effective June 15, 2017, Work Plan updates that have historically been released once or twice each year will now be released monthly in order to "enhance transparency around OIG's continuous work planning efforts" and more effectively "respond to emerging issues."

Read more: OIG Announces New Work Plan Process

July 19, 2017

Healthcare’s uniquely and inherently open and sharing culture enables healthcare professionals and facilities to carry out their very important work.  But this same openness, which includes an increasing number of disparate but connected health information systems, also makes healthcare uniquely vulnerable to myriad types of intrusions on the privacy and security of its information, and puts the sector at risk for harmful, even life-threatening criminal misuses of that information.

Read more: Six Cybersecurity Imperatives: National Task Force Maps a Cohesive Plan for Healthcare

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