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According to OCR recent studies and enforcement experience, individuals face obstacles to accessing their health information. To ensure individuals have timely access to their health information, HHS has released a fact sheet and Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) to further clarify individuals’ core right under HIPAA to access and obtain a copy of their health information.

The University of Washington Medicine (UWM) has agreed to settle charges that it violated the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA) Security Rule. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office for Civil Rights (OCR) initiated its investigation of the UWM following receipt of a breach report on November 27, 2013.

CMS Release New ICD-10 Video Wednesday, December 23, 2015 Default-avatar

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has released a new YouTube video ICD-10 Post-Implementation: Coding Basics Revisited that reviews ICD-10 coding basics.

According to AHRQ, catheter-associated urinary tract infections (CAUTI) are healthcare-associated infections that cause suffering for approximately 250,000 hospital patients each year at a cost of about $250 million.

New recommendations, Core Elements of Antibiotic Stewardship for Nursing Homes, from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) advise all nursing homes to improve antibiotic prescribing practices and reduce their inappropriate use to protect residents from the consequences of antibiotic-resistant infections.