OCR releases HIPAA privacy rule guidance on de-identifying PHI

Just two and a half years after hosting a workshop on the HIPAA Privacy Rule's de-identification standard, OCR has issued its "Guidance Regarding Methods for De-identification of Protected Health Information in Accordance with the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) Privacy Rule." Like they say, it's not rocket surgery — and there are few […]

Top Ten HHS Management and Performance Challenges

The OIG produces its list of Top Management and Performance Challenges (TMC) every year, and to no one's surprise, implementation of health reform tops the list this year.  The rest of the list includes a collection of fraud and abuse, quality of care and consumer protection priorities, plus a couple of interesting issues, such as […]

Engage With Grace

As patients, as family members, as friends, as health care providers, we have all faced end-of-life issues at one time or another, and we will face them again. And again.  Having been through this process twice in the past year, I can only repeat that it is important to have The Talk, to help ensure […]

Health Reform After the Election: Accountable Care Organizations and Population Health

Much has been written and said about the effect of the election on the implementation of federal health reform initiatives.  The commentariat, including the blogerati and twitterati wings, have focused on the budget battles of the future to come from Capitol Hill, the flurry of regulations to come from HHS, and the last stand of […]

David Harlow is keynote speaker at Louisiana Hospital Association 2012 Health Law Symposium

This morning I am in Baton Rouge, at the Louisiana Hospital Association conference center, sharing my perspectives on ACOs and the broad range of innovation in health care delivery and financing being ushered in under the Affordable Care Act. Accountable Care Organizations – The Camel's Nose Is In the Tent from David Harlow I am […]