CONFIDENTIALITY COALITION ACTIVITY

In December, the Department of Health and Human Services’ (HHS) Office for Civil Rights (OCR) released a request for information (RFI) to solicit views on barriers to coordinated care imposed by the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) rules and on proposed changes to the HIPAA privacy rule regarding uses and disclosures of protected health information in an effort to address the opioid epidemic. Additionally, OCR is considering an RFI on the distribution and disclosure of civil monetary penalties to those harmed by HIPAA violations. In Congress, privacy continues to be a top priority. The Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation has held several hearings on consumer privacy and has begun work on a new national privacy framework. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has made efforts to strengthen the agency’s medical device cybersecurity program, issuing draft guidance for medical device cybersecurity.

 

2019

March

  • The Coalition submitted a statement for the record for the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Energy and Commerce hearing on “Protecting Consumer Privacy in the Era of Big Data.”
  • The Coalition submitted a statement for the record for the U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation hearing on “Policy Principles for a Federal Data Privacy Framework in the United States.”

February 

  • The Coalition wrote the HHS Office for Civil Rights responding to a request for information on identifying provisions of the Privacy and Security Rules, promulgated pursuant to the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act, that impede the transformation to value-based healthcare or that limit or discourage coordinated care among individuals and Covered Entities without meaningfully contributing to the protection of the privacy or security of individuals’ PHI.

January

  • The Coalition wrote the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) responding to a request for information on Developing a Privacy Framework.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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