In This Issue
- Where’s ONC at HIMSS16
- ONC Reports National Trends Regarding Individuals’ Privacy and Security Concerns
- Explore ONC’s New Blog Series Explaining the Permitted Uses of Health Information Under HIPAA
- Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) Soliciting Applications for the Telehealth Network Grant Program
- Proposed Revisions are open for Public Comment on the Confidentiality of Alcohol and Drug Abuse Patient Records
- Federal Advisory Committee Schedule Feb. 15 – Feb. 19
HIMSS16 is just around the corner! ONC will be participating in a number of activities during the HIMSS16 Conference, February 29 – March 4 at the Venetian – Palazzo - Sands Expo and Convention Center in Las Vegas.
Meet & Greet ONC!Stop by the Federal Health IT Pavilion to meet several of the ONC staff and subject matter experts March 1-3, at Booth 10109-5! They will be available to meet with you and answer your questions. We hope to see you there!
For more details on ONC events at HIMSS16, visit our website. Also, follow us on Twitter:@ONC_HealthIT and join the discussion using the hashtag #HIMSS16.
Patient trust in the privacy and security of health information is considered foundational to the development of an interoperable health IT infrastructure. Using nationally representative survey data, ONC data brief no. 33 describes national trends in individuals’ concerns regarding the privacy and security of their medical records and unauthorized viewing of their medical records when sent electronically or by fax. The findings show individuals’ concerns declined between 2013 and 2014, but individuals continued to withhold information from health care providers due to those concerns at the same rate. Individuals’ levels of concerns and withholding did not differ by whether individuals had paper versus electronic medical records.
The blog series emphasizes that HIPAA not only protects personal health information from misuse, it also enables personal health information to be accessed, used or disclosed interoperably, when and where it is needed for patient care. The second blog in our series posted last Thursday, February 11th. It summarizes the new ONC fact sheets on HIPAA Permitted Uses and Disclosures for exchange (Treatment and Health Care Operations), developed in conjunction with the Office for Civil Rights. This installment answers the questions: What are HIPAA Permitted Uses and Disclosures? And how they support the national priority of interoperability? A new blog will be posted every Thursday, with the final blog in the series released on February 25, 2016.
Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) Soliciting Applications for the Telehealth Network Grant Program
The primary objective of the TNGP is to demonstrate how telehealth programs and networks can improve access to quality health care services in rural, frontier, and underserved communities. TNGP networks are used to: (a) expand access to, coordinate, and improve the quality of health care services; (b) improve and expand the training of health care providers; and/or (c) expand and improve the quality of health information available to health care providers, and patients and their families, for decision-making.
Networks proposed for this award must consist of at least two of the entities listed in Section III.1.b. Applications are especially encouraged from networks that will demonstrate how telehealth can expand access to, coordinate and improve the quality of health care services through SBHCs, especially those which may also serve the broader community beyond normal school hours. Visit thegrants.gov website for more information.
Closing Date for Applications: Apr 8, 2016 Estimated Total Program Funding: $6,000,000
Proposed Revisions are open for Public Comment on the Confidentiality of Alcohol and Drug Abuse Patient Records
HHS has published proposed revisions to the Confidentiality of Alcohol and Drug Abuse Patient Records regulations—42 CFR Part 2. The Notice of Proposed Rulemaking, titled "Confidentiality of Substance Use Disorder Patient Records," was published in the Federal Register on February 9, 2016. This proposal was prompted by the need to update and modernize the regulations. The goal of the proposed changes is to facilitate information exchange within new health care models while addressing the legitimate privacy concerns of patients seeking treatment for a substance use disorder. The regulatory changes will ensure that patients with substance use disorders have the choice to participate in and benefit from new integrated health care models without fear of the risk of adverse consequences.
SAMHSA will hold a webinar to provide an overview of the 42 CFR Part 2 Notice of Proposed Rulemaking entitled, Confidentiality of Alcohol and Drug Abuse Patient Records, February 19, 2016, 1–2 p.m. Eastern Time.
Visit Regulations.gov website for instructions on comment submission. Deadline for Submitting Comments: comments must be received no later than 5 p.m. Eastern Time on April 11, 2016.
Note: There are no FACA meetings for the week of Feb. 15, but below is a preview of FACA meetings scheduled for the week of Feb. 22-26.
Monday, February 22nd 11:30 am to 1:00 pm. Joint: API Task Force holds a Meeting. Learn more: http://ow.ly/YgomA
Tuesday, February 23rd9:30 am to 12:00 pm. The HIT Policy Committee holds a Virtual Meeting. Learn more:http://ow.ly/YgouS
Wednesday, February 24th9:30 am to 12:00 pm.The HIT Standards Committee holds a Virtual Meeting. Learn more:http://ow.ly/YgoDa
Friday, February 26th1:00 am - 2:30 pm. The Standards: Precision Medicine Task Force holds a Meeting. Learn more:http://ow.ly/YgoIZ
*All times are in Eastern Time unless otherwise noted