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Posted in Electronic Health Records, HIPAA, Medical Records, Release of Information

HIPAA AND FEES FOR MEDICAL RECORDS – Updated OCR guidance sets limits. Physicians and other HIPAA covered entity providers are familiar with HIPAA’s rule on fees that may be charged when individuals request copies of their medical records. The federal Office of Civil Rights (OCR), the enforcement agency for the HIPAA Privacy Rule, recently released… Continue Reading

Peeling Back the Apple Watch

Posted in Electronic Health Records, HIPAA

Apple Watch, HIPAA, and Mobile Healthcare Industry. When one of our more tech savvy partners recently showed us his new Apple Watch, it instinctively raised questions as to how would HIPAA regulate its use. One possible answer is that the features of this new Apple Watch may be the linchpin to a whole new culture in… Continue Reading

Iowa Behavioral Health Association Hosts Jeanine Freeman & Paul Drey to Give HIPAA Training

Posted in Brick Gentry P.C., HIPAA, Mental Health

Iowa Behavioral Health Association Hosts Jeanine Freeman & Paul Drey   On July 23rd the Iowa Behavioral Health Association (IBHA), Iowa’s statewide association of substance use disorder agencies, addiction treatment programs and community mental health centers, hosted prominent health care attorneys Paul Drey and Jeanine Freeman of the Brick Gentry Law Firm to provide training… Continue Reading


Posted in HIPAA, Iowa Board of Medicine, Iowa Medical Society, Telemedicine

The Iowa Board of Medicine (IBM), at its April 3, 2015 meeting, approved a final rule setting forth disciplinary standards applicable to physicians who use telemedicine in diagnosing and treating patients located in Iowa. That rule also includes standards and prohibitions that all physician licensees must comply with in providing patient care whether by telemedicine… Continue Reading

IBM Amends Proposed Telemedicine Rule for April 3 Vote

Posted in HIPAA, Iowa Board of Medicine, Iowa Medical Society, Telemedicine

UPDATE: Subsequent to this post the IBM has adopted the Telemedicine Rule. See our page dedicated to Telemedicine for all related articles, including our most current post. The Iowa Board of Medicine Amends Its Proposed Telemedicine Rule – Final Adoption Slated for the IBM’s April 3 Pubic Meeting The Iowa Board of Medicine (IBM) has made… Continue Reading

Iowa Supreme Court Upholds Subpoena to Release Privileged Mental Health Communication

Posted in HIPAA, Medical Records, Mental Health, Release of Information

Physician Practices Must Remain Vigilant in Responding to Subpoenas for Mental Health Information Review of In the Interest of A.M. v. Thomas, Iowa Supreme Court, November 21, 2014 Summary. In a case it calls one of first impression, the Iowa Supreme Court upheld a subpoena to compel the testimony of a psychotherapist regarding the mental health… Continue Reading

IBM Proposed Telemedicine Rule – Practical Considerations in Physician Compliance

Posted in HIPAA, Iowa Board of Medicine, Telemedicine

The October 24, 2014 posting (last in this series) addresses practical considerations for physicians using telemedicine, in meeting several of the proposed rule’s requirements as well as the proposed rule’s specific requirements re: financial interests, links to internet sites, prohibited relationships with preferred pharmacies, and prohibited internet transactions for prescribing controlled substances. Requirements (standards) for… Continue Reading

Telemedicine Proposed Rule’s Disclosures and Functionality of Telemedicine Services

Posted in HIPAA, Iowa Board of Medicine, Telemedicine

The October 23, 2014 post addresses the proposed rule’s requirement for disclosures and functionality of telemedicine services and other provisions of the proposed rule that may be less the responsibility of physicians who use telemedicine and more the responsibilities of entities that purchase, offer and maintain telemedicine equipment and services. Disclosures and functionality of telemedicine… Continue Reading

Update: C.M.S. Statement on ICD-10 Start Date

Posted in HIPAA, ICD-10

C.M.S. has issued a short statement identifying that the new ICD-10 start date is October 1, 2015.   According to C.M.S., it expects HHS “to release an informational rule in the near future that will include a new compliance date that would require the use of ICD-10 beginning Oct. 1, 2015.”  Until then, HIPAA-covered entities… Continue Reading