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How To Avoid Paying $2,000 A Day To Encrypt ePHI

Let’s hope you don’t pay that much to encrypt electronic Protected Health Information (ePHI). How about a total of $4.3 million over two years? Well, that’s the total penalty for encryption violations assessed by Health and Human Services (HHS). An Administrative Law Judge found the penalty could have been much worse. The facts are sobering. … Continue Reading

PROPOSAL TO INCREASE RURAL HEALTH CARE FUNDING RECEIVES MAJORITY SUPPORT AT FCC

PROPOSAL TO INCREASE RURAL HEALTH CARE FUNDING RECEIVES MAJORITY SUPPORT AT FCC Majority Of Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Supports 40%+ Annual Increase In Rural Health Care Program Funding – Following on a proposal to review annual funding for the FCC’s Rural Health Care Program (RHCP), which currently provides $400 million in annual subsidies for telecommunications … Continue Reading

Law360 Expert Analysis: Health Tech Is The New Focus For Cybersecurity Policy

In a May 22, 2018 article that appeared in Law360 Expert Analysis piece, Squire Patton Boggs partner Elliot Golding writes, “There is no shortage of attention on health care data privacy and cybersecurity, with an avalanche of new and proposed government and regulatory initiatives underway. Although health care has long been a key target for … Continue Reading

CMS is Accepting Proposals for New Measures for the Medicare Promoting Interoperability Program until June 29

CMS is Accepting Proposals for New Measures for the Medicare Promoting Interoperability Program until June 29 The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is seeking the submittal of measure proposals for the Annual Call for Measures for eligible hospitals and critical access hospitals participating in the Medicare Promoting Interoperability (PI) Program (formally known as … Continue Reading

Key Health Care Technology Privacy and Cybersecurity Considerations

In a podcast interview with Healthcare InfoSecurity, Squire Patton Boggs Partner Elliot Golding addresses evolving healthcare privacy and security issues, particularly complex issues involving Internet of Things (IoT) devices.  This includes addressing new risks when connected devices link to legacy systems, the applicable regulatory environment, and other key issues companies operating in the health care … Continue Reading

States Increase HIPAA Enforcement

A recent blog post summarized Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (“HIPAA”) enforcement settlements for Virtual Medical Group (“VMG”) in New Jersey and EmblemHealth in New York that may signal a broader trend of increased state HIPAA enforcement.  Under the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health (“HITECH”) Act’s amendment to HIPAA, codified at … Continue Reading

FDA Approves Marketing of Clinical Decision Support Software for Stroke Triage in Midst of Renewed Focus on Digital Health Applications

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (“FDA”) recently approved the Viz.Ai Contact application, a type of clinical decision support software designed to analyze computed tomography (CT) results that may notify providers of a potential stroke in their patients. In an article published March 8, 2018 as a PG Alert Email from the American Health Lawyers … Continue Reading

Comment Dates Set For Federal Communications Commission Rulemaking On $400 Million Rural Health Care Program

The FCC’s Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) to consider changes to its Rural Health Care Program (RHCP), which provides $400 million in annual subsidies for telecommunications and broadband services to eligible rural healthcare providers (HCP), has now been published in the Federal Register. Interested parties may submit initial comments on the FCC’s proposals by February … Continue Reading

FCC Focuses on Critical Role of $400 Million Rural Health Care Program

Noting that technology and telemedicine are assuming an increasingly critical role in healthcare delivery, the FCC has initiated a proceeding to consider changes to its Rural Health Care Program (RHCP), which provides $400 million in annual subsidies for telecommunications and broadband services to eligible rural healthcare providers (HCP). These changes would potentially affect existing as … Continue Reading

HHS Task Force Identifies Critical Cybersecurity Recommendations

The recent WannaCry ransomware attack and the bevy of breaches over the past few years demonstrate that cyber risks in the healthcare arena are substantial and widespread. The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Health Care Industry Cybersecurity (HCIC) Task Force Report (HCIC Report), required under the federal Cybersecurity Information Sharing Act of 2015, … Continue Reading

Still sending Faxes? Consider content before hitting “send”!

Last week, the Federal Communications Commission (the Commission) released an Order denying a Petition for Declaratory Ruling by Kohll’s Pharmacy & Homecare, Inc. (Kohll’s) originally filed on March 29, 2016, requesting the Commission to declare that certain faxes describing the health benefits of flu vaccinations did not constitute unsolicited advertising under the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA) … Continue Reading

HHS and Cuba’s Ministry of Public Health Sign a Historic MOU

Last month, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) entered into a historic Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Cuba’s Ministry of Public Health. The MOU establishes coordination across a broad spectrum of public health issues, including: Healthcare systems and public health management; Quality management and patient safety systems in hospitals and outpatient settings; … Continue Reading

Ransomware Scandals Rock Hospital Systems; HHS’ Proposed Rule May Help

Hospital systems are on notice for ransomware attacking their health IT systems after three hospital systems are reported to be victims of computer viruses.   In response, one hospital system paid almost $17,000 in Bitcoin to retrieve their EHR, while the other two hospital systems worked off paper records and backup systems for a few days … Continue Reading

The Out-of-State Practice of Telemedicine: Licensure Challenges and Opportunities

Telemedicine, Follow-Up Care and State Licensure: The Problem Illustrated As the delivery of healthcare services adapts to the digital age, providers, payers and patients are gradually exploring telemedicine’s possibilities. Evidence that delivering certain routine services via telemedicine may increase patient access to care and decrease cost without sacrificing quality has only served to accelerate this … Continue Reading

Is CMS Prepared for Evolving Medical Records Technology?

Health care fraud accounts for billions of the US health expenditure each year. This week HHS published a study addressing possible deficiencies in CMS’ capability to address fraud vulnerabilities and ensure the integrity of electronic health records (“EHR”) systems which CMS and its contractors use to pay Medicare claims. Concerns about whether CMS’ oversight and … Continue Reading

CMS and OIG Ring in the New Year with Final Rules on EHR Donations

On December 27, 2013, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (“CMS”) and the Office of Inspector General of the Department of Health and Human Services (“OIG”) published final rules (“Final Rules”) regarding the electronic health records (“EHR”) donations Stark Law Exception (42 C.F.R. 411.357(w)) and Anti-Kickback Statute Safe Harbor (“AKS Safe Harbor”) (42 C.F.R. … Continue Reading

Facing the Medical Device Tax Head On: Strategic Contracting for Hospital Cost-Reduction

With approximately two months having passed since the end of the government shutdown, the fundamental question still remains; what exactly did Congress achieve through the contentious shutdown negotiations?  The shutdown was spurred in part by certain Congressional Members’  opposition to the funding and implementation  of the Affordable Care Act (“ACA”).  A centerpiece of these oppositional … Continue Reading

Data Security: Pay IT Now or Pay Out Later

The price of compliance may be high, but the price of non-compliance is even higher. Based on its recent $3 million data breach settlement, AvMed, and many other entities that have experienced data breach litigation, would likely agree that paying for security upgrades now, is far superior to paying for data breaches later. In 2009, … Continue Reading

HIMSS: Convergence of mHealth, Telecomm Raises Many Concerns

Navigating the legal, regulatory and practical issues in implementing mobile telecommunications technology for healthcare applications can be treacherous.  At the heart of this growing industry dynamic is the increasing scrutiny now coming from various federal agencies in this area, including the US Food and Drug Administration  and Federal Communications Commission.  The article noted below discusses … Continue Reading
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