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HHS aims to issue draft rule on privacy breaches by year-end

Advanced Tissue SmartBrief | Feb 22, 2017

Deven McGraw, deputy director for health information privacy at HHS' Office for Civil Rights, said the agency is expecting to release the draft rule for health care privacy breaches by the end of this year. The rule aims to compensate individuals whose health records have been breached and provide guidance on text messaging and social media use.

Lawmakers support Medicare home-care pilot project

Advanced Tissue SmartBrief | Feb 15, 2017

Two US senators support legislation to allow CMS to conduct a pilot project that would provide home-based and community-based care to some Medicare beneficiaries in Medicare Advantage plans. The goal would be to save money by providing some nonmedical care to these patients to reduce hospitalizations and skilled nursing facility admissions, and to keep them from needing Medicaid coverage.

Trump: ACA replacement may not be determined until 2018

Advanced Tissue SmartBrief | Feb 08, 2017

Momentum behind the effort to unravel the Affordable Care Act continues to slow, and President Donald Trump said in an interview aired this weekend that it may be the end of the year or early next year before plans for a replacement are solidified.

Experts: Palliative care can play important role post-ACA

Advanced Tissue SmartBrief | Feb 01, 2017

Repealing and replacing the Affordable Care Act could give states more power over health care access and payment, so they should consider ways to expand palliative care because data show it can improve quality of life and reduce costs, Stacie Sinclair and Diane Meier, both of the Center to Advance Palliative Care, write. States could consider policies that regulate facilities, clinicians and payments, and they can use their surveillance capabilities to assess the availability of palliative care, they write.

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