1/ Take care to not run afoul of #HIPAA. Lest you risk penalties and jeopardize the patient-physician relationship.

“Protecting information gathered in association with the care of the patient is a core value in health care.” tinyurl.com/45rk8hr4 ama-assn.org/practice-manag…
2/ The Code of Medical #Ethics also states, “However, respecting patient #privacy in other forms is also fundamental, as an expression of respect for patient autonomy and a prerequisite for trust.”
3/ Physicians and hospitals may share patient information without explicit patient consent for treatment, payment, business operations.

@HHSOCR enforces #HIPAA. Voluntary compliance and corrective action without a fine is a goal, but penalties are steep for “willful neglect.”
4/ Entities that knowingly obtain or disclose individually identifiable health information in ways not permitted by #HIPAA may face a fine of up to $50,000, as well as imprisonment up to one year.

5/ Conditions where patient jeopardy is higher necessitate #privacy protections stronger than #HIPAA.

Persons w/#SUD risk loss of job, housing, custody, & insurance if the diagnosis is shared. Potential exposure deters treatment. Greater confidentiality safeguards are warranted.
6/ Under #HIPAA, physicians are required to provide patients with access to their information. Last year, @HHSOCR launched its Right of Access Initiative.

To help physicians better understand these obligations, #OurAMA has released a playbook: 

7/ “Without appropriate safeguards, patients’ data could become a commodity. Health data can provide a wealth of information for marketers or be sold and exchanged by data brokers—impacting insurance coverage, access to care, or resulting in employment discrimination.” | #OurAMA
8/ To guide policymakers and other entities, @AmerMedicalAssn has developed a health #data #privacy framework:


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17 Mar
1/ @AmerMedicalAssn⁩ strongly supports HR1868 to protect physician practices: tinyurl.com/tna2a8hk

Prevent across-the-board direct spending cuts that threaten financial viability of physician practices, especially during #COVID19 PHE & beyond. @SpeakerPelosi @GOPLeader Image
2/ HR1868 is vital to protect physician practices:

•Extend current moratorium on the 2% Medicare sequester cuts past the 3/31/21 deadline

•Avoid additional Medicare statutory PAYGO cut of up to 4% triggered by budgetary impact projected under American Rescue Plan Act of 2021
3/ The #COVID19 #pandemic persists and continues to have a substantial fiscal impact on physician practices.

It is critically important that physicians are able to provide frontline care to #Medicare beneficiaries.
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15 Jan
1/ @AmerMedicalAssn⁩ applauds
decision by ⁦@HHSGov⁩ to allow physicians to prescribe #buprenorphine without an X-waiver for the treatment of patients with #opioid use disorder. #OUD

However, it is important to keep in mind several considerations: ama-assn.org/press-center/a…
2/ •Use of #buprenorphine by a person who has #OUD but is not in withdrawal can precipitate withdrawal. This is a significant adverse experience. It also dissuades patients from adherence to treatment.
3/ •It is unclear whether removal of the X-waiver requirement for #buprenorphine-prescribing will increase access to care in the community. Already, physicians who have an X-waiver do not see the full allowed complement of patients who have #OUD.
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1/ @HHSGov⁩ ⁦@SecAzar⁩ has extended the #COVID19 Public Health Emergency (PHE) declaration effective Jan. 21, 2021 for an additional 90 days.
2/ This means that all of the #telehealth and other waivers and flexibilities that have been implemented during the #PHE will remain in effect until at least April 21, 2021.
3/ As in the summary & impact table by @AmerMedicalAssn, the Consolidated Appropriations Act signed into law 12/27/20 included provisions that offset most of the 10.2% budget neutrality adjustment that was slated to take effect for Medicare-covered services provided as of 1/1/21.
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1/ Check out this detailed summary by AMAzing ⁦@AmerMedicalAssn⁩ advocacy staff:

•Select provisions of the Consolidated Appropriations Act, a comprehensive omnibus spending package

•AMA table of #Medicare physician impact broken down by specialty ImageImage
2/ Dec. 22, 2020, the President signed into law the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2021 that:

•Funds the federal government through FY 2021,

•Provides a new round of #COVID19 relief and economic stimulus, and

•Imposes new restrictions on #SurpriseMedicalBilling.
3/ For an @AmerMedicalAssn summary of select provisions in the Consolidated Appropriations Act, please see here: tinyurl.com/y65utfno
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1/ @AmerMedicalAssn⁩ led a sign-on letter with over 100 national specialty and state medical societies submitted to ⁦@DeptVetAffairs⁩ in opposition to its recent Interim Final Rule (IFR), “Authority of VA Professionals to Practice Health Care.”
2/ The @DeptVetAffairs IFR permits virtually all VHA-employed non-physician practitioners (NPPs) to practice without the clinical supervision of physicians and without regard to state scope of practice law.
3/ The IFR establishes the VA’s authority to allow virtually all NPPs to practice without the clinical supervision of a physician. In doing so, the IFR preempts state license, registration, certification, supervision, or other requirements.
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1/ @AmerMedicalAssn⁩ submitted comments to ⁦@CMSGov⁩ regarding a NPRM on provider burden reduction and #priorauthorization: tinyurl.com/y5ebobkf

The NPRM cited #OurAMA prior authorization survey data and grassroots website FixPriorAuth.org
2/ The rule proposes policies to help make the prior authorization process more efficient and transparent.

The NPRM would require #Medicaid, CHIP, and federally facilitated health exchange plans to:

•Support technology that would convey #priorauthorization requirements
3/ The NPRM would also require impacted payers to:

•Automate the exchange of supporting clinical data from physicians’ #EHR workflow

•Publicly report data on #priorauthorization programs and comply with processing timeframes
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