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Expanded coverage of telehealth

by Hogan Lovells on

The recently enacted Bipartisan Budget Act of 2018 expands Medicare’s coverage for telehealth services in several ways. Inclusion of these provisions, which had been part of a Senate bill called the CHRONIC Care Act, is...more

Medicare Electronic Health Record Incentive Program - 2018 Call for Measures

by Pierce Atwood LLP on

Beginning in 2018, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) is commencing an annual “Call for Measures” initiative to allow interested parties (i.e., Medicare eligible hospitals and critical access hospitals...more

K&L Gates Triage: Triage in 2018: Health Care Topics to Watch in the New Year

by K&L Gates LLP on

We expect 2018 to be another year of rapid change within the health care industry. In this episode, Mary Beth Johnston highlights some of the key topics that the health care practice group will monitor in the coming year,...more

Texas And CMS Allow More Expansive Uses Of Telemedicine

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

This is the second in a series of alerts from Seyfarth’s Health Law practice highlighting significant changes in health care regulations and policy as providers and other industry participants enter 2018....more

Trump Administration Fiscal Year (FY) 2019 Budget and Healthcare Programs

by Holland & Knight LLP on

The Trump Administration on Feb. 12 released its Fiscal Year (FY) 2019 budget request, titled "An American Budget." Unlike last year's budget, which was released in late May, the release of this budget conforms to the typical...more

Top 5 Ways Telehealth Will Change Under the New Federal Funding Bill

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

The telemedicine industry has been abuzz upon learning that provider-friendly legislation was included in the new federal Bipartisan Budget Act of 2018, signed into law by the President on February 9, 2018. But telehealth...more

Newly Formed Health IT Advisory Committee Holds First Meeting

On January 18, 2018, the newly formed Health Information Technology Advisory Committee (“HITAC”) held its first meeting to discuss health IT goals for 2018 and beyond. HITAC’s purpose is to advise the country on key, modern...more

Ten Things To Know About Maryland’s Proposed Telehealth Rules

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

The Maryland Board of Physicians evaluated, then tabled for further consideration, a set of new telehealth rules designed to expand the opportunities for hospitals and providers to deliver virtual care services in Baltimore...more

FDA's Evolving Regulation of Artificial Intelligence in Digital Health Products

by Jones Day on

The Situation: FDA has been grappling with regulation of rapidly advancing digital products, including artificial intelligence. While Congress and FDA have provided recent clarifications, regulatory questions remain. The...more

ONC’s Draft Trusted Exchange Framework: Seeking Nationwide Interoperability for Health Information Networks

by Ropes & Gray LLP on

On January 5, 2018, the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (“ONC”), an office within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, released its Draft Trusted Exchange Framework (the...more

The Promise of Telehealth - Part I in a Series Addressing the Role of Telehealth - January 2018

by Hodgson Russ LLP on

In the Executive Budget released January 16, 2018, New York Governor Andrew M. Cuomo proposes to expand access to Medicaid-covered telehealth services. With improvements in telecommunications technologies, telehealth is...more

What are Your Thoughts on the Draft Trusted Exchange Framework?

by Farrell Fritz, P.C. on

On January 5, 2018, the United States Department of Health and Human Services released for public comment a draft Trusted Exchange Framework, which seeks to accomplish interoperability with respect to patients’ Electronic...more

Digital Health Year in Review: 2017 Trends and Looking Ahead to 2018

by McDermott Will & Emery on

Introduction - Throughout 2017, the health care and life science industries experienced a widespread proliferation of digital health innovation that presents challenges to traditional notions of health care delivery and...more

CMS Clarifies Text Messaging Prohibition

by Baker Ober Health Law on

After a confusing month of contradicting guidance, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) issued a memorandum clarifying its position regarding the use of text messaging with patient information between providers....more

Telehealth In 2017: What Changed And What's Ahead

As the U.S. shifts from a fee-for-service (FFS) system to a value-based system, health care information technology will become an increasingly important component in fostering patient engagement, coordinating care, increasing...more

FDA Guidance on Software as Medical Devices Represents Broader Deregulation Trend

by Polsinelli on

The FDA recently published two draft guidance documents to clarify which types of medical software, based on their functionality, are no longer considered medical devices as a result of the changes imposed under section 3060...more

Telehealth Opportunities Worth Watching in 2018

by Pullman & Comley, LLC on

Continued physician shortages, reduced reimbursement from government and private insurance plans and the ever-increasing health care needs of an aging population are forcing payors and providers alike to increase the...more

The Impact of the New Connecticut Budget on the Health Care Industry

The bipartisan state budget became law yesterday (the “Budget Act”). While Governor Malloy vetoed a provision requiring supplemental payments to hospitals, the Budget Act includes numerous other provisions affecting the...more

Digital Diagnosis - AI and machine learning in healthcare

by DLA Piper on

The not too distant future… Janet feels unwell. She consults an app on her phone, which asks an increasingly sophisticated series of diagnostic questions. The app also takes in data from Janet's fitness trackers that...more

Home Care: The Digital Health Opportunity

by McDermott Will & Emery on

A recent article in Kaiser Health News highlights the health risks associated with the increased effort to get patients home—namely, the need for families to gain and effectively deploy the skills needed to care for...more

Many Lessons Still Need to be Learned regarding Patient Access to Health Care Information

by McDermott Will & Emery on

The Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology recently released a report (the Report) detailing user experience research on patient access to health data. The Report sought to examine the...more

GSA Has Created a Separate Category for Companies Selling Health IT Services – Creating an Unparalleled Opportunity for Such...

Health Information Technology (“IT”) is one of the fastest-growing fields in the IT industry, in part due to a spurt of government technology modernization initiatives. After seeing skyrocketing demand across federal...more

Vermont’s New Telemedicine Law Expands Insurance Coverage, Bans Recording

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

Vermont health care providers and patients can now enjoy a revamped, and significantly improved, telehealth commercial insurance coverage law. Vermont Governor Phil Scott signed S. 50 into law on June 7, 2017, expanding...more

The Changing Telehealth Landscape

by Burr & Forman on

When healthcare providers and information technology (IT) appear together in the news, it is often for less than positive reasons. The cyber security issues that have plagued everyone have not left physicians and hospitals...more

Senate Proposes Expanded Use of Telehealth

On May 18, 2017, the Senate Finance Committee voted to move forward a bill entitled the Creating High-Quality Results and Outcomes Necessary to Improve Chronic (CHRONIC) Care Act of 2017 (S870), which would increase access to...more

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