The FTC is hosting Tax Identity Theft Awareness Week Jan 25-29. There are a number of webinars available for consumers to learn about what steps to take concerning identity theft. The link below is one selection. For additional information, go to the Federal Trade Commission's website and click on their events calendar.
On January 7th HHS Office of Civil Rights released a publication on their list serve titled “Understanding Individuals’ Right under HIPAA to Access their Health Information”. The publication discusses how individuals can utilize their right to access to their health information. The link will take you to the OCR’s website and fact sheet which is the first in a series. Specifically, “This set of FAQs addresses the scope of information covered by HIPAA’s access right, the very limited exceptions to this right, the form and format in which information is provided to individuals, the requirement to provide access to individuals in a timely manner, and the intersection of HIPAA’s right of access with the requirements for patient access under the HITECH Act’s Electronic Health Record (EHR) Incentive Program.”
The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) issued a final rule on 1/6/16 modifying the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 Privacy Rule that permits certain HIPAA covered entities to disclose to the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS) the identities of persons who are not allowed to possess or receive a firearm because they are subject to the Federal mental health prohibitor. The effective date of this final rule is February 5, 2016. For additional information from the Federal Register click on the following link: https://www.federalregister.gov/articles/2016/01/06/2015-33181/health-insurance-portability-and-accountability-act-hipaa-privacy-rule-and-the-national-instant