With the upcoming change of U.S. administration, we can expect certain healthcare regulations to be affected. While running for office, one of Trumps’ main proposition was to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act (ACA). From an IT standpoint, this will not reduce the responsibilities of healthcare providers to secure patient data in any way. HITECH Act and the resulting HIPAA Omnibus Rule, which expanded security and privacy provisions along with enforcement, were enacted under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA), and no one declared intention to reduce or modify those. While it is yet to be seen if they will follow through on undoing the ACA, most of the direct impact would concern insurance providers and their quantity of customers.
Assuming the repeal takes place as planned, it is notable the ACA included Section 1557, Nondiscrimination in Health Programs and Activities, which went into effect October 16th, 2016. Covered in one of our previous articles (https://ehr20.com/section-1557-of-the-affordable-care-act/), much of this was redundant with existing civil rights statutes, and there was little evidence to indicate discrimination of this nature had been taking place during recent history. At the same time this outlined accommodations for patients of transgender classification, of which the upcoming president has expressed strong support, so they would need to reenact this aspect of the law in some form, in order to uphold. Also the section set guidelines obliging Covered Entities to have methods available to provide timely, high-quality translations for foreign languages appropriate to their jurisdiction. Regardless of the eventual legal climate, programs/applications are available at a little cost that can allow a healthcare provider to offer adequate translations from a practical standpoint, so practices should consider to continue providing to an extent, as a matter of good business.
As of last October, EHR 2.0 began including a module in our staff training to ensure personnel became familiar with latest provisions. We will continue to make any adjustments to our training courses and compliance assessments to reflect the latest regulatory requirements. If anyone has questions about how they are affected, you are welcome to contact for consulting.
At EHR 2.0 we assist healthcare organizations and business associates develop and implement practices to secure patient data, and comply with HIPAA/HITECH regulations and MACRA programs. Contact us at 866-276-8309 or email@example.com for more information.
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