Midweek update

Congress passed the tax reform bill, H.R. 1, today. Next step before they go back to their districts is to extend the continuing appropriations bill funding the federal government until next month.

The Health Care Payment Learning and Action Network posted the slide decks from presentations made at its conference earlier this month.  Check them out.

Health IT Security reports that the HHS Office for Civil Rights which enforces the HIPAA Privacy and Security Rules has entered into a settlement agreement with  Florida based 21st Century Oncology.  The agreement stems from a 2015 hacking incident which affected over two million patients. The provider agreed to pay OCR $2.3 million and comply with a corrective action plan.