Reporting Crimes Against Patients

The HIPAA privacy rules have a number of disclosure exceptions, but those exceptions are only effective when state law also allows the disclosure. When there is no state-law exception, it is irrelevant that HIPAA would allow the disclosure. One such common situation involves crimes against patients. Continue reading

Louisiana Health Insurance Exchange Roll-Out Includes Some Interesting Questions

In November, 2012, Louisiana health officials declined to create a state-run exchange, leaving it to the federal government to operate a marketplace for Louisiana residents. Only recently has any real clarity on the structure of the Louisiana Health Insurance Exchange been available for its October 1, 2013 opening date. Continue reading