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March 10, 2020

Federal Health Information Technology Rules Issued; AHA Expresses Privacy Concerns

This week, the federal Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) issued two final rules regulating health information technology. The rules enable patients to download their electronic health records (EHRs) onto their smartphones using third-party apps, raising concerns about the privacy of that data, and require hospitals send electronic notifications to health care facilities or community providers when a patient is admitted, discharged, or transferred.

January 30, 2020

New Analysis Shows Increases in Use of Prior Authorization, Burdensome Red Tape

A recently released survey analysis from the Workgroup for Electronic Data Interchange (WEDI) found that 84 percent of responding providers said the number of medical services that require prior authorization is increasing. HAP and Pennsylvania’s hospital community believe that patient care should not be delayed because of red tape, and support efforts to reform the state’s burdensome prior authorization laws.

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