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Hospital Text Messaging Rules Placed on Hold by Joint Commission

The Joint Commission, which accredits hospitals and other health care organizations, hit pause on its prior May 2016 announcement to allow secure text messaging in hospitals and other health care organizations. The use of text messaging in Joint Commission accredited organizations is delayed until September 2016. In the interim, The Joint Commission will collaborate with … Continue reading this entry

Are You Effectively Training Employees in The Battle Against Ransomware?

No health care organization or provider is safe from ransomware threats, and a slew of recent noteworthy attacks have driven the point home. The results of an attack can be devastating to the organization, and hundreds of millions of dollars in damages have already been reported. Health care providers, particularly senior executives, officers, and directors, … Continue reading this entry

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 Rights (OCR), the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), and the HHS Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) … Continue reading this entry

Colorado Proposes New Telehealth Rules

The Colorado Medical Board proposed updated draft guidelines for the delivery of healthcare services via telehealth, as well as remote prescribing for new patients. Recognizing that “using telehealth technologies in the delivery of medical services offers potential benefits in the provision of medical care,” Colorado’s guidelines are intended to standardize care while increasing more widespread … Continue reading this entry

Is My Telehealth App Subject to HIPAA?

Many telehealth and mHealth app developers are concerned about whether or not their app is a medical device under FDA regulations (and rightfully so), they often pay less attention to the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (“HIPAA”) rules. The developer either mistakenly presumes HIPAA applies to their app or neglects to consider health privacy issues … Continue reading this entry

Final Rule Will Give ACOs Participating in MSSP Access to More Data for More Beneficiaries

American Hospital Association Recommends Revisions to Medicare ACO Models
This is the third post in Health Care Law Today’s series on the final rule. This post addresses changes to sharing of beneficiary identifiable data. In its December 8, 2014 proposed rule revising the Medicare Shared Savings Program (“MSSP”), CMS proposed several changes concerning how it would share beneficiary identifiable data with Accountable Care Organizations (“ACOs”). … Continue reading this entry

Blue Pill/Red Pill: How Officers and Board Members Can Swallow the Red Pill and See the Real World of Cybersecurity

The answer is out there and it is looking for you. It will find you if you want it to. In the 1999 movie The Matrix, Morpheus gives Neo a simple choice: take the blue pill, and Neo can go on believing whatever he wants to believe. Take the red pill, and Neo stays in Wonderland and gets … Continue reading this entry

Why the Health Care Industry Needs to Focus on Data-Flow Restrictions in China

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U.S. health care providers, device manufacturers, lab managers, health information technology and telemedicine/telehealth project investors, and other industry members involved in projects in China, need to be aware of a long and growing list of China-specific data-flow and content restrictions. These restrictions are increasingly concerning in light of the health care industry’s growing use of … Continue reading this entry