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New SAMHSA rule reduces required consent for substance abuse records

February 21st, 2018 | Posted in Uncategorized

Appropriate sharing of records for patients with substance abuse disorders should be easier under a second final rule issued Jan. 3 by HHS and its Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). But in some cases, the new rule adds some considerations that might mitigate the advantage. Rules for handling patient records that includeRead More

Patient Advocate Certification Board announces March exams for credentialing

January 22nd, 2018 | Posted in Advocacy 101, Business Development, Professional Skills

Soon you may be able to add a BCPA to your name. The Patient Advocate Certification Board (PACB) has announced the first round of Board Certified Patient Advocate exams, to be held between March 17-31.  A second round of testing is currently planned for Sept. 15-29. The BCPA designation will be the first official credentialRead More

Repeal & Replace Watch: What you need to know about changes to the health law

October 18th, 2017 | Posted in Consumer Focus, Insurance Coverage

By Julie Rovner and Mary Agnes Carey and Julie Appleby | Kaiser Health News Apparently frustrated by Congress’ inability to “repeal and replace” the Affordable Care Act, President Donald Trump decided to take matters into his own hands. Late the evening of Oct. 12, the White House announced it would cease key payments to insurers. Earlier in the day, Trump signedRead More

Lawyers, advocates and clinicians band together to defend nondiscrimination section of ACA

September 19th, 2017 | Posted in Consumer Focus, Quality Care

As the debate continues over the possible repeal and replacement of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), civil rights and patient advocacy groups have banded together to issue a defense of nondiscrimination protections found in Section 1557 of the health care act. Section 1557 extends nondiscrimination protections found in other areas of civil law to individualsRead More