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Health System Transformation

The Role of Law in Supporting Secondary Uses of Electronic Health Information
Federal law, state law, and other legal tools, such as contracts and policies, support data exchange between providers, facilities, and public health departments. This article describes this legal landscape surrounding the secondary use of electronic health information. Ramanathan T, Schmit C, Menon A, and Fox C. The role of law in supporting secondary uses of electronic health information. The Journal of Law, Medicine & Ethics 2015;43:48–51. DOI: 10.1111/jlme.12215.

Medicaid Service Delivery: Federally Qualified Health Centers [PDF - 382KB]
Summarizes the role of Federally Qualified Health Centers in the delivery of healthcare services for the expanding Medicaid population

Tribal Epidemiology Centers Designated as Public Health Authorities [PDF 500KB]
Provides an overview of tribal epidemiology centers and the recent amendment to the Indian Health Care Improvement Act (permanently reauthorized by the Affordable Care Act), which designated these centers as public health authorities. The issue brief further outlines the impact of this designation under HIPAA.

Federal Public Health Laws Supporting Data Use and Sharing [PDF 247KB]
Summarizes federal and state laws supporting the use and sharing electronic health data within the developing health information technology landscape.

The Affordable Care Act & American Indian and Alaska Native Communities: Selected Readings and Resources [PDF 229KB]
A list of readings and resources that describe the Affordable Care Act and the Indian Health Care Improvement Act’s impact on American Indian and Alaska Native communities. The list includes summaries of the laws, scholarly articles, and resources on enrollment and exemptions.

Health Department Billing for Immunization Services: A Menu of Suggested Provisions [PDF - 389KB]
A menu of state law provisions that impact the health department’s authority to bill third parties for services provided. The menu was created by CDC’s Public Health Law Program in cooperation with the National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases.

Accountable Care: Basic Principles and Related Law [PDF - 357KB]
Describes accountable care frameworks and the legal provisions that support them. These resources can help practitioners understand how accountable care might impact public health and engage with accountable care entities in their jurisdictions.

Hospital Presumptive Eligibility Issue Brief [PDF - 304KB]
Summarizes Medicaid hospital presumptive eligibility (HPE) program to help practitioners understand state HPE implementation options and how hospitals can expand presumptive eligibility to new populations.

Menu of State Public Health Department Accreditation Laws [PDF - 287KB]
An inventory of state laws that reference accreditation and examples of the methods in which states have required, encouraged, or financed public health department accreditation through statutes or regulations.

Public Health Law and Policy Innovations: Social Impact Bonds [PDF - 357KB]
A descriptive overview of social impact bonds, new financing mechanisms used to attract private investment for public health initiatives. These resources can help public health practitioners responsible for financing and funding, as well as groups and organizations with the responsibility to inform state and local governing bodies regarding public health programing and initiatives.

Selected Issues regarding ERISA, Health Benefit Plans, and State Laws that Address Health System Transformation [PDF - 272KB]
Summary of responses to technical assistance requests PHLP received regarding the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974 (ERISA) and its relationship to health benefit plans and state laws that address health system transformation

Summary of the Internal Revenue Service’s April 5, 2013, Notice of Proposed Rulemaking on Community Health Needs Assessments for Charitable Hospitals [PDF - 188KB]
Summarizes proposed regulations that provided guidance to charitable hospital organizations on the 501(r) Community Health Needs Assessment requirements and related excise tax and reporting requirements


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