Electronic Health Information and Privacy

The Office for Civil Rights in the Department of Health and Human Services issued a notice of proposed rulemaking to change its privacy rules that pertain to electronic health information. Under the proposed rule, people could request a report detailing who had electronically accessed their protected health information. To review the rule, which is open for comment through August 1st, read it online at the Government Printing Office website.

Coordinated Care for People Dually Eligible for Medicare and Medicaid

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has contracted with 15 states to design new ways of meeting the medical needs of about nine million people who are dually eligible for Medicare and Medicaid. These people have very low incomes and complex, costly health care needs.   States will receive up to one million dollars under the State Demonstrations to Integrate Care for Dual Eligible Individuals to develop person-centered models of care that coordinate primary, acute, behavioral and long-term supports and services for these individuals.

The states that will participate in the demonstration are California, Colorado, Connecticut, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, New York, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Oregon, South Carolina, Tennessee, Vermont, Washington and Wisconsin. The states must work with beneficiaries, their families and other stakeholders.  Additional information can be found at: http://www.cms.gov/dualeligible