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Health Update - February 2015

Cyber Risk Insurance Policies: What You Need to Know - Editor’s Note: As data breach incidents and related cyber risks continue to increase and gain publicity—and government agencies become more actively involved in...more

HIPAA and “Meaningful Use” Audits: Issues to Consider and How to Prepare

As more and more providers adopt electronic health records (“EHRs”) systems (and with new regulations concerning their required use for purposes of Medicare billing for chronic care management, their popularity can only...more

What the Anthem Cyberattack Means for the Health Care Industry

Unfortunately, account hacks and data breaches are nothing new. Every day, we hear reports of hackers compromising networks and their protected data. When it happens on a massive scale to a powerful player in the health...more

Electronic records and medical errors

Many hospitals, clinics and medical offices in the Chicago area have been transitioning to a completely digital system for all of their patients’ health records....more

8 Things Healthcare Providers Should Know About E-Signatures

Electronic signatures can be legally valid to execute documents that require written signatures, and electronic documents can be legally valid when applicable laws require documents to be in writing....more

Health Headlines: Also in the News - January 2015 #3

ALSO IN THE NEWS - HHS Publishes Goals on Alternative Payment Models with Continued Focus on Quality – In its continued efforts to base Medicare payments on quality over quantity, this morning HHS made public its goal...more

Department Of Health And Human Services Issues Proposed New Rules Implicating The Use Of Electronic Health Records And Patient...

On December 8, 2014, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (“HHS”) issued a proposed rule related to changes to the Medicare Shared Savings Program. These revisions promote the use of electronic health records by...more

Health Update - November 2014

“Healthcare-Related” Calls: Ambiguity at the Intersection of HIPAA and TCPA - Editor’s Note: The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has established exemptions from certain requirements of the Telephone Consumer...more

Realizing the Potential of Telemedicine in China, Part 2: Data Privacy and Security

The Chinese market presents a tremendous opportunity for U.S. hospitals and providers, as long as the intricacies of data privacy and security issues are thoroughly understood. This includes Chinese regulations regarding...more

Potential Revisions to North Carolina Medical Board Telemedicine Position Statements on the Horizon

The Policy Committee of the North Carolina Medical Board (“NCMB”) issued proposed revisions to its “Telemedicine” and “Contact with Patients before Prescribing” position statements on September 23, 2014. In short, the...more

Business Associate Compliance With HIPAA: Findings From a Survey of Covered Entities and Business Associates

The delivery of health care – and payment for that care – is a complex endeavor, and health care providers and health plans rely on third parties to help them operate as businesses and fulfill their responsibilities to...more

Recent Changes to California Laws - the Healthcare Perspective

Workers’ Compensation Insurance for Professional Athletes - AB 1309; Labor Code §3600.5 - The efforts made by professional athletes seeking workers’ compensation benefits for injuries that they sustained on the...more

If a Tree Falls on the Internet … An Insurer Has a Duty to Defend

Legal bloggers sometimes ask themselves: If my post appears on the Internet, but there’s no evidence anyone has read it, have I been published? The question has not yet been finally resolved among law firm compensation...more

News from the Health Law Gurus™

Chinese Hackers Infiltrate Health System Network Affecting 4.5 Million Individuals – Community Health Systems, Inc. (“CHS”) reported this week that the information of approximately 4.5 million individuals has been affected by...more

FBI Warning to Health Care Sector Holds True

In April of this year, the FBI issued a Private Industry Notification (PIN) to the health care industry warning of the “likely increase [in] cyber intrusions against health care systems.” In the same month, and into June of...more

Audit Trails: Pitfalls of Electronic Medical Records, Part III

I do not profess to be an expert in the complexities of metadata in an electronic medical record (EMR). In simple terms, it is analogous to leaving footprints in the sand; although these do not wash away with high tide. In...more

It’s No Surprise: Health Care Data Breaches Are on the Rise and So Is Government Enforcement

In This Issue: - The Take-Aways for Covered Entities and Business Associates - For More Information - Excerpt from The Take-Aways for Covered Entities and Business Associates: As a majority of the...more

Drop-down Menus: The Pitfalls of Electronic Medical Records, Part II

In an earlier blog post, I discussed the importance of time stamps and signatures in electronic medical records (EMRs). A potential pitfall in using EMRs is the prevalence of drop-down menus....more

HHS Proposes Extension of Deadline for EHR Compliance

According to the federal government, over 370,000 providers have participated in the Medicare and Medicaid Electronic Health Record ("EHR") incentive program since its inception in 2011. However, providers nationwide continue...more

New York Hospitals to Pay Record $4.8 Million for HIPAA Data Breach

In the largest Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) settlement to date, two New York hospitals have agreed to pay $4.8 million to settle allegations that they failed to secure thousands of patients’...more

Top 5 takeaways on telemedicine and eHealth

Here are the main legal topics on telemedicine and eHealth discussed during the ETSI eHealth Workshop on telemedicine where I gave a speech on the legal implications of telemedicine. The Workshop was very interesting...more

News from the Health Law Gurus™ - May 2014

Massachusetts to Start from Scratch with Health Insurance Website — Massachusetts plans to abandon its health insurance exchange website in favor of starting over from scratch, according to a New York Times report....more

Theft Of Unencrypted Laptops Leads To Two HHS Settlements Totaling Nearly $2 Million

On April 22, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced settlements with both Concentra Health Services (Concentra) and QCA Health Plan, Inc. (QCA). Through these latest settlements, HHS is reiterating...more

CMS & OIG Final Rules Extend And Amend Protection For EHR Donations

Ordinarily, the donation of Electronic Health Record (EHR) technology, services or training to a provider would raise fraud and abuse concerns and potentially implicate the Stark law and Anti-kickback Statute. In order to...more

CMS Extends Start Date for Stage 3 of Meaningful Use to 2017 Without Extending Timeline for When Providers Must Start Stage 2

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services recently announced a revised timeline for the implementation of Stage 3 “meaningful use” measures for the Electronic Health Records Incentive Programs, but did not extend the...more

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