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HIPAA and the Cloud’s Shared Responsibility Models

Cloud-based service providers (CSPs), like Amazon Web Services and Microsoft Azure, offer online access to shared computing resources. As such, they have developed a “shared responsibility model” for how CSPs and companies...more

Arizona Authorizes Smart Contracts on a Blockchain

Last week, Arizona Governor Doug Ducey signed into law HB 2417 that amends Arizona law to provide that signatures secured through blockchain are valid electronic signatures and that smart contracts are legal, enforceable...more

The MACRA Final Rule: In Search of the “Goldilocks” Model

The Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act (“MACRA”) Final Rule published late last year implements CMS’ new payment approach for physicians and other Medicare Part B eligible clinicians under the Merit-Based Incentive...more

If Obamacare’s Days are Numbered, What’s Next? Trumpcare.

The Affordable Care Act has withstood 62 repeal attempts by the House of Representatives and several challenges brought to the U.S. Supreme Court. Now, with Donald Trump as President and a new Republican-led House and...more

“Pick Your Pace” for MACRA Rollout (But Don’t Be Too Slow)

CMS Acting Administrator Andy Slavitt recently announced that CMS would provide new physician reporting options for the first year of the MACRA program starting January 1, 2017. In response to concerns about the MACRA...more

More (MACRA) Data Analysis, Please

On July 1, CMS finalized new MACRA rules that significantly expand how qualified data entities will be allowed to share or sell analyses of Medicare and private claims data to providers, insurers, employers, and others who,...more

New HIPAA Audits Have Begun. Time to Prepare for the “Audit Lottery.”

The US Department of Health and Human Services Office of Civil Rights (OCR) recently announced that it has activated Phase 2 of the HIPAA Audit Program. OCR’s new Phase 2 will focus on reviewing the policies and procedures of...more

Connecticut AG Enforces HIPAA Privacy Rules Against Hospital and its Business Associate

Last week, the Connecticut Attorney General’s office announced that it had entered into a settlement agreement with the Hartford Hospital and its business associate vendor, the EMC Corporation (EMC), to resolve claims arising...more

New HIPAA Audit Program Expected in 2016

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of Inspector General (OIG) recently issued a report reviewing the HIPAA audit program that is administered by the Office of Civil Rights (OCR). The OCR is responsible...more

11/20/2015  /  Audits , HIPAA , HIPAA Audits , OCR , OIG

Colorado Medical Board Adopts New Telehealth Policies

On August 20, 2015, the Colorado Medical Board (the Board) adopted Policy 40-27, which sets forth important new guidelines for providers delivering healthcare services via telehealth technologies, including the ability to...more

The Colorado Data Breach Law

Almost all U.S. states have laws about data security and what to do when there’s a data breach. Here is the Colorado law, which is codified at C.R.S. § 6-1-716, Who the law applies to. An individual or commercial...more

Colorado Passes “Full Parity” Telemedicine Law, Although Some Gaps Remain

On March 20, 2015, Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper signed into law HB 15-1029, which requires that insurers operating in Colorado reimburse health care providers for telehealth services in all of Colorado’s counties,...more

HIPAA Violation — Pharmacy Held Liable for Employee’s Misdeeds

Recently, the Indiana Court of Appeals let stand a $1.4 million jury verdict against a national pharmacy chain for its employee pharmacist’s unauthorized disclosure of a customer’s confidential medical records.  Given the...more

For-Profit Hospitals and Management Companies May Enjoy New Tax Benefits

The IRS recently issued a private letter ruling which allowed a for-profit medical group (e.g., a hospital) to benefit from losses sustained by its wholly owned physician medical group – and allowed this to occur in a state...more

1/22/2015

New Colorado Durable Medical Equipment Supplier License Requirements Become Effective 12-31-14

Effective December 31, 2014, durable medical equipment (DME) suppliers that do business in the State of Colorado will be required to have a license from the Colorado Secretary of State. In addition, as part of the license...more

An Analysis Of Physician Compare Website

The rise of consumer-driven health care passed a milestone on Feb. 21, when, for the first time, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, or CMS, posted on its Physician Compare website performance scores on quality...more

4/16/2014  /  CMS , Healthcare , Physicians , Websites

Corporate Communicator - Spring 2014

In this issue of the Corporate Communicator we bring you two short articles on important developments from the SEC relating to private securities offerings and private M&A transactions. In the first article, we discuss the...more

Obamacare’s New Wave Of Transparency

In A 1913 Harper’s Weekly article titled “What Publicity Can Do,” U.S. Supreme Court Justice Louis Brandeis made his famous statement that “sunlight is said to be the best of disinfectants” in arguing for greater disclosure...more

Trends to Watch in 2013: Physician-Owned Distributors

Physician-owned distributors (PODs) that sell medical devices have seen substantial growth over the last few years as well as increased regulatory scrutiny. We expect both trends to continue in 2013. PODs are arrangements in...more

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