Seasons Greetings to all of our readers!  First, we want to wish you and yours a holiday season filled with health, happiness and hope!  We also want to thank you all for continuing to make Legal HIE such a popular and highly visited blog!  It puts a smile on our face seeing so many of you enjoying our posts and returning to our site often!

As stockings are being hung by chimneys with care, we want to make sure you know that Legal HIE’s stockings are absolutely stuffed to the brim with tremendous tools, sample forms, polices and turn-key solutions that can help your organization stay on top of the most pressing compliance challenges, and ever-changing healthcare regulatory landscape. 2021 promises to be a year with many new and final regulations going into effect, and being released. On December 10th, OCR announced its Notice of Proposed Rulemaking and intention to amend multiple requirements in the HIPAA Privacy Rule. Then, earlier this year Congress slipped in changes to the enabling statue for 42 CFR Part 2 when it passed the CARES Act.  As a result, SAMHSA will certainly be releasing yet another round of amendments to the Part 2 regulations soon.  Then, there is the Information Blocking Rule which saw its compliance deadline date be pushed to April 5th of 2021 but has still left many scrambling to get their hands around all of the ways in which this game-changing regulation is turning the world of sharing electronic health information upside down.