On August 4, 2017, the Florida Board of Medicine will hold a third public hearing to discuss its proposed amendment to Florida’s telemedicine practice rules regarding medical marijuana. The Board held two prior public hearings, after which it delayed implementation of the rule for further consideration.
On May 12, 2017, the Texas State Legislature passed SB 1107, a law expanding the use of telemedicine in the Lone Star State. The bill is now on its way to Governor Abbot’s desk where he is expected to sign it into law. Specifically, SB 1107 changes prior Texas law and now allows physicians in Texas to use telemedicine to establish a valid physician-patient relationship without the need for an in-person exam.
The change is the product of months of negotiations between various medical boards, regulatory agencies, and industry groups and may finally bring an end to the longtime telemedicine standoff in the Lone Star State.
The importance of privacy in the health care industry starts at the most basic level between a patient, a doctor, and the doctor’s laptop computer. The levels of importance and complexity increase exponentially when you look at entire networks of payers and providers. The amount of data produced and stored in these organizations is staggering and keeping it secure is of the utmost importance. We have identified misconceptions about cybersecurity. We’ve covered some of the legal obligations the c-suite is under to secure its organization’s data. With the rise cyber-intrusions like ransomware, we know it’s important to effectively train employees and follow the guidelines provided by the Federal Department of Health and Human Services.
In a surprising reversal, last week the U.S. House of Representatives passed legislation that would significantly modify the Affordable Care Act. The legislation, known as the American Health Care Act (the “AHCA”, H.R. 1628), passed on Thursday with a 217-213 party line vote. After cancelling an expected vote on AHCA in March, the House Republicans developed additional amendments to the AHCA which ultimately led enough House Republicans to support the bill.
Personalized medicine will change how health care is delivered and disease is prevented and treated. But first, how disease and health is defined, as well as the clinical development and adoption of new therapies must align with current theories of disease and treatment.