Two New Developments Help Healthcare Providers Comply with Reform Law

By Deborah Hirsch

HBMAThe healthcare world, so rocked by the new health reform law, is developing many ways to cope with the changes it requires.

Recently, two new developments are making it a little easier for providers – uniform definitions of compliance with HIPAA 5010 put together by the Healthcare Billing & Management Association (HBMA) and a white paper on issues that providers will face as they make the transition into value-based payment models and accountable care organizations(ACOs).

Joseph Goedert writes at that HBMA has developed uniform ways to help providers see if their payment methods comply with the new requirements as defined by HIPAA 5010. The HIPAA Privacy Rule provides the first nationally-recognized regulations for the disclosure of an individual’s health information. HIPAA 5010 is a new law “that regulates the electronic transmission of specific health care transactions.”

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New HIPAA Rule Needed? HDM Readers Say No

By Joseph Goedert

And the snapshot from the latest poll finds deep skepticism that the forthcoming final omnibus HIPAA rule amending the privacy, security, breach notification and enforcement rules is necessary.

A full 55 percent of respondents agreed the new rule is unnecessary because patient data already is adequately protected under the existing rules. Only 25 percent of respondents believe the omnibus rule is a necessary strengthening of protections for patient data, while 20 percent say it is necessary but four rules in one package will make it too confusing and unworkable.

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