Agencies Release Joint HIPAA Cybersecurity Resource Guide
The Department of Health and Human Services Office for Civil Rights and the National Institute of Standards and Technology (“NIST”) published the final version of their updated special publication, “Implementing the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (“HIPAA”) Security Rule.”  Subtitled “A Cybersecurity Resource Guide,” this special publication provides resources designed to help HIPAA-covered entities and their business associates better understand and implement the HIPAA Security Rule, increase compliance with the law, assess and manage risks to electronic protected health information, and improve security.  NIST also released a companion set of resources as a complement to the special publication.

HHS OIG Updates Its Work Plan
The Department of Health and Human Services Office of Inspector General (“HHS OIG”) updated its public-facing Work Plan.  Among other things, this latest update includes an audit of Medicare payments to hospitals and physicians for emergency department services provided in nonemergency department service sites and a review of average sales prices compared to widely available market prices for Medicare Part B drug reimbursements.

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