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What's New with HIPAA?

A number of new developments have taken place related to Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) privacy and security compliance, and enforcement is increasing. Healthcare providers, health plans and other...more

Joint Commission lifts ban on physicians texting patient orders

The Joint Commission, which is the national accrediting organization for health care organizations, has long banned physicians using text messages to place orders for patient care due to data security concerns. In 2011, the...more

Joint Commission Ends Ban on the Texting of Physician Orders

In the Joint Commission Perspectives May 2016 edition, the Commission reversed its 2011 position prohibiting clinician texting of patient orders within accredited health care institutions, stating technological advancements...more

Facebook, Healthcare Provider Websites and HIPAA

In a class action Complaint filed in the Northern District of California on March 15, 2016, Kiesel Law LLP, on behalf of primary plaintiff Winston Smith and a potential class of others, alleges that Facebook received...more

Wave of the Future: Government Releases New Tool to Aid Medical App Developers Comply with HIPAA

This month, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC), and the Federal Trade Commission (FTC)...more

Top Takeaways from IAPP

The world of privacy grows every day as more data goes through the cloud. The new trends and weekly data breaches make conferences like the Global Privacy Summit all the more relevant. Earlier this month we went to...more

Mobile App Compliance for Dummies: New Tool Helps Developers Understand Their Legal Compliance Requirements

In a joint effort by the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), Office for Civil Rights (OCR), HHS Office of National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC), and Food and Drug Administration (FDA), a new web-based tool...more

Federal Agencies Provide User-Friendly Guidance on Compliance with Data Privacy Laws

How federal privacy laws apply to mobile health applications has been an area of significant ambiguity. Recently, the Federal Trade Commission’s (FTC), the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Office of Civil...more

Regulators Offer Guidance on Privacy and Security for Health App Developers

This month, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) issued guidance on privacy and security best practices for health-related mobile apps, such as fitness apps connected with wearables, diet and weight loss apps, and health...more

DHS Warns of New Ransomware Threats

The Department of Homeland Security (“DHS”) recently issued a joint alert with the Canadian Cyber Incident Response Centre warning of two new ransomware threats behind recent well-publicized attacks against healthcare...more

A New Tool for Health App Developers to Navigate a Crowded Regulatory Field

As regulators seek to define their authority and the scope of their enforcement power, more health apps will continue to flood the marketplace and transform how patients are treated. As mobile health applications...more

NTIA Rulemaking Seeks Comments on Government Role in IoT

The National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA), part of the Department of Commerce, is seeking public comment on the benefits, challenges and potential roles for the government in fostering the...more

Think Before You App: FTC Releases Compliance Tools for Health App Developers

The Federal Trade Commission furthered its outreach to the mobile app developer community last week by issuing new guidance for integrating privacy and security into mobile health apps, as well as an interactive online tool...more

Feds identify security vulnerabilities in state healthcare exchange websites

A Government Accountability Office (GAO) examination of the state-run health insurance exchanges for California, Kentucky and Vermont identified inadequate security measures in place to protect consumers’ personal...more

Transfer of healthcare website information to Facebook alleged to be a HIPAA violation

Filed under the title of creative lawyering, a putative class action case has been filed against Facebook in federal court in Northern California alleging that health care providers and medical organizations have violated...more

Debt Collector for Affiliated Physician Group Can Rely on Patient Contact Consent Obtained by Hospital

Careful drafting of consent and information release provisions can ensure that providers and affiliated physicians and their debt collectors can contact patient cell phones using automatic telephone dialing systems or...more

Social Media for Physicians: Facebook or Faceplant?

Ever hear the one about the physician in an impaired provider program who appears in a Flickr photo with a martini in hand? How about the one about the physician's office manager who makes a comment on a patient's Facebook...more

Can Healthcare Providers Prohibit Employees From Using Recording Devices in the Workplace?

In the wake of the National Labor Relations Board’s (NLRB) decision in Whole Foods Market, Inc., 363 NLRB No. 87 (Dec. 24, 2015), hospitals and healthcare providers will need to revisit their employee recording policies. This...more

Sixth Circuit Finds “Prior Express Consent” in Affirming Dismissal of TCPA Class Action against Healthcare Provider’s Debt...

The Sixth Circuit (the “Court”) recently sided with a defendant-debt collector in a putative class action in which the plaintiffs claimed that the defendant’s calls to their cell phones violated the Telephone Consumer...more

OCR New Guidance Aims to Help Medical Mobile App Developers Predict when HIPAA Obligations Might Apply

Predicting whether the activities of a mobile health application developer trigger legal obligations under the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA) presents some new challenges – not surprising...more

Florida Board of Medicine allows prescribing controlled substances through telemedicine for psychiatric treatment

The Florida Board of Medicine has changed its Standards for Telemedicine Practice by allowing controlled substances to be prescribed through the use of telemedicine only for the treatment of psychiatric disorders. ...more

Jason Pierre-Paul sues ESPN and Adam Schefter for tweeting photo of medical records

New York Giants defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul has filed suit against ESPN and ESPN reporter Adam Schefter for violations of Florida Statute § 456.057 and for invasion of privacy arising from a tweet containing a photo of...more

Creditor Can Obtain TCPA "Prior Express Consent" Through Intermediary, Sixth Circuit Rules

A creditor that received a consumer's cell phone number through an intermediary had the consumer's ''prior express consent'' under the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA) to receive calls from a debt collector, the U.S....more

Patients provide cell phone number to hospital, debt collection calls are okay under TCPA

The 6th Circuit upheld the 2014 Ohio federal court’s decision in Mais v. Gulf Coast Collections Bureau stating that two hospital patients who provided their cell phone numbers to the hospital where they sought treatment, in...more

HHS/OCR releases guidance for mobile apps and health information exchange and “fact sheets”

The Office for Civil Rights has provided additional educational materials for app developers through the app developers portal that it developed last fall. The new material is intended to assist healthcare entities and...more

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