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SAMHSA Proposes Major Changes to Federal Substance Abuse Privacy Rule

On February 9, 2016, almost thirty years after the last substantive change to the federal regulations governing the confidentiality of alcohol and drug abuse patient records, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services...more

Data Transmission, Personalized Medicine, and Privacy

Health care analytics make use of patient data to inform treatment decisions and is increasingly moving front and center in personalized medicine. For example, the President’s Precision Medicine Initiative (see post of...more

Senate Health Committee Seeks Expert Feedback on Draft Health Information Technology Bill

On January 20, 2016, the U. S. Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions released this draft bipartisan bill for staff discussion, which seeks to improve health information technology, including electronic...more

FDA Releases Draft Guidance on Postmarket Management of Cybersecurity in Medical Devices

On January 15, 2016, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) published a draft guidance entitled Postmarket Management of Cybersecurity in Medical Devices (Draft Guidance), which outlines FDA’s recommendations for...more

The President’s Precision Medicine Initiative – The First Annual Check-Up

Watching President Obama’s recent 2016 State of the Union Address reminded me that one year has passed since the President announced a new “precision” or personalized medicine initiative to advance personalized, effective...more

Senate Releases Discussion Draft of Bill that would Change Federal Regulation of Health Information Technology

On January 20, 2016 the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP Committee) released a bipartisan discussion draft of a bill that would modify how the federal government regulates health information...more

APCDs: One Solution to Obtaining Meaningful Performance Data

The American health care system is under immense pressure to control costs and improve quality. As a result, there is a corresponding need for access to health care data and the development of new methods to obtain value...more

“Interoperable” Healthcare Data Will Be a Tempting Target

At a panel during last week’s Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, Edith Ramirez, chair of the Federal Trade Commission – America’s top privacy regulator – said she would not wear a Fitbit personal fitness tracker. “I...more

CMS Requests Comments on HIT Certification and Quality Measure Reporting to Reduce Provider/HIT Developer Burden

On December 31, 2015, CMS published a request for information (RFI) seeking public comments on certification requirements for health information technology (HIT), including electronic health records (EHR) products used for...more

ONC Releases Final 2016 Interoperability Standards Advisory

The Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) has released its final 2016 Interoperability Standards Advisory, which catalogs the “best available” interoperability standards and implementation...more

False Claims about Encryption Cost an Arm, a Leg, and a Tooth

Earlier this month, Henry Schein Practice Solutions, Inc. (“Schein”), a provider of office management software to dental practices, learned the hard way that exaggerating the capabilities of its products can be very costly....more

Day One Notes – JP Morgan Healthcare Conference, San Francisco

Someone asked me last week what it was like to attend the JP Morgan Healthcare Conference in San Francisco, which started its annual run on January 11, 2016. Outside the conference hotel right now is the obligatory lunchtime...more

CMS Call on IMPACT Act: Connecting Post-Acute Care across the Care Continuum (Feb 4)

On February 4, 2016, CMS is hosting a provider call on Improving Medicare Post-Acute Care Transformation (IMPACT) Act requirements regarding the reporting of standardized patient assessment data by post-acute care (PAC)...more

ONC Corrects EHR Certification Criteria Final Rule

The HHS Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) has published a notice correcting errors and clarifying provisions of its October 16, 2015 rule that finalized the 2015 edition health...more

FDA Legal and Regulatory – 2015 Year In Review

Looking back on 2015, it’s apparent that this was another very busy year for the Food and Drug Administration (FDA or Agency), whose oversight responsibilities are estimated to touch 25% of American consumers’ spending on...more

NACDS Files Amicus Brief in Support of Petitioner Rite Aid in Consolidated Appeal of FCC’s TCPA Order

On December 2nd, the National Association of Chain Drug Stores, Inc. (“NACDS”) submitted an amicus brief in support of member organization and petitioner Rite Aid in the consolidated appeal of the FCC’s July 10, 2015...more

Consumerism Drives Employer & Retail Clinics' Telemedicine Adoption in 2016

In response to consumer demands for more personalized health care at a lower cost, employer onsite health clinics and retail clinics will continue to be on the rise in 2016, and telemedicine will be crucial to those clinics...more

State Lawmakers Pushing Telemedicine Coverage in 2016

State legislation is heavily contributing to the expected reimbursement/coverage uptick in 2016, as more states consider legislation requiring coverage for telemedicine and in-person visits alike. To date, 29 states...more

Health Update - November 2015

Best Practices for Using Social Media in Healthcare: Maximizing Impact, Mitigating Risk - Editor's note: In a generation more likely to seek health information online than see a doctor, social media is playing an...more

Florida Proposes Telemedicine Medicaid Rules

Florida’s Agency for Health Care Administration published proposed regulations regarding telemedicine-based services in the Medicaid program. The Agency is soliciting comments through November 23 and will host a public rule...more

Meaningful Use Stage 3 Final Rules Encourage Providers to Engage Patients in their Health Care

On October 16, 2015, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) and Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services published the...more

Health Care Update - November 2015

Ways & Means Leadership Changes – Health Policy Implications Looming: As Congress pushes forward with a two-year budget deal, and new Speaker Paul Ryan begins his tenure as the top Republican in the House of...more

Top Three Reasons ACOs Should Use Telehealth and Telemedicine

Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs) can share costs of telehealth and remote patient monitoring services among their hospitals, providers/suppliers, and other ACO participants, according to federal regulations under the...more

North Carolina General Assembly Week in Review: Health Care Spotlight

On Thursday, after six terms serving in the House, Rep. James H. Langdon (R-Johnston) announced that he would not be running for re-election in 2016. Following his announcement, two Republicans announced their intentions to...more

MA Health Policy Updates – Moves to Strengthen HPC and Expand Telemedicine

In a recent Alert, the Mintz Levin Health Law Practice and ML Strategies provided a comprehensive look at recent developments in Massachusetts health policy. In addition to a detailed report on recent Health Policy Commission...more

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