Hospitals


HHS Announces New Primary Care Pay Models
April 23, 2019 | Eric D. Fader | Hospitals | Legislation and Public Policy | Medicare and Medicaid | Private Insurers
On April 22, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) officials announced the introduction of five optional value-based care models for large and small primary care physician practices. The new payment models will incorporate incentives for keeping Medicare patients healthy, as alternatives to traditional fee-for-service payment structures. Alex Azar, HHS Secretary, and Seema Verma, …
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Amazon’s Alexa Now HIPAA-Compliant
April 18, 2019 | Eric D. Fader | Cybersecurity | Electronic Health Records | HIPAA | Home Health | Hospitals | Medical Devices and Wearables | Private Insurers | Telehealth
Amazon announced in a blog post on April 4 that its Alexa voice assistant’s operating environment now complies with HIPAA. Companies that build functions, or skills, for Alexa will now be able to create skills that involve the transmission of users’ protected health information. The initial group of six participants in an invitation-only program includes …
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Imaging Equipment Vulnerable to Cyberattacks
April 4, 2019 | Eric D. Fader | Cybersecurity | Electronic Health Records | Hospitals | Telehealth
Researchers at the Ben-Gurion University Cyber Security Research Center in Israel have created malware that could exploit vulnerabilities in MRI and CT scanning equipment to alter patients’ images. The Washington Post discussed the research project in an April 3 article. In theory, by adding fabricated cancerous nodules to a MRI or CT scan, an attacker …
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New York State Budget Includes ACA-Type Protections
April 3, 2019 | Eric D. Fader | Affordable Care Act | Home Health | Hospitals | Legislation and Public Policy | Medicare and Medicaid | Private Insurers
New York’s state budget for the 2019-2020 fiscal year, approved by the State Legislature on March 31, included provisions that codify into state law the primary consumer protections of the federal Affordable Care Act. In a public announcement, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said, “We have codified many of the protections of Obamacare, so regardless of what …
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CMS Accepting Applications for AI Contest
March 28, 2019 | Cassandra Rivais DiNova | Electronic Health Records | Hospitals | Legislation and Public Policy | Medicare and Medicaid
On March 27, the Innovation Center at the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced an artificial intelligence contest. The CMS Artificial Intelligence (AI) Health Outcomes Challenge, in collaboration with the American Academy of Family Physicians and the Laura and John Arnold Foundation, is looking for innovative technology and strategies to predict health outcomes, …
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“Surprise Bill” Solution is on Senate’s To-Do List
March 20, 2019 | Eric D. Fader | Hospitals | Legislation and Public Policy | Private Insurers
A bipartisan group of U.S. senators is at work on federal “surprise bill” legislation that may be officially proposed within weeks. The proposal will target the common scenario in which an insured individual receives covered healthcare services from an in-network hospital, surgery center, imaging center or laboratory, while an out-of-network healthcare provider also provides non-emergency …
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EHR Exposé Shakes Up Industry
March 19, 2019 | Eric D. Fader | Electronic Health Records | False Claims Act | Fraud and Abuse | Hospitals | Legislation and Public Policy | Litigation | Medicare and Medicaid
A three-month joint investigation of electronic health records (EHR) systems has culminated in a release of a March 18 article in Kaiser Health News (KHN) and Fortune Magazine, “Death By 1,000 Clicks: Where Electronic Health Records Went Wrong.” The lengthy, meticulously sourced article calls EHR systems “an unholy mess.” KHN and Fortune have made the …
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Managing “Social Determinants of Health” a Key Issue for Health Systems
March 14, 2019 | Rivkin Rounds Staff | Home Health | Hospitals | Legislation and Public Policy | Medicare and Medicaid
The World Health Organization (WHO) defines social determinants of health (SDOH) as the conditions in which people are born, grow, live, work and age that are primarily responsible for differences in health status. Rivkin Radler’s Robert Iseman recently penned a Thought Leaders’ Corner column for Population Health News in which he made suggestions regarding how healthcare organizations …
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Healthcare: The Next Frontier
March 5, 2019 | Rivkin Rounds Staff | Affordable Care Act | Employer/Employee | Hospitals | Legislation and Public Policy | Private Insurers
A March 1 article in Long Island Business News entitled “Healthcare: The next frontier” discussed the issues raised at a recent roundtable discussion on the current state of the healthcare industry. The panel included Rivkin Radler partners Robert Iseman and Benjamin Malerba; Dr. Zeyad Baker, ProHEALTH Care Associates’ president and CEO; Jeffrey Kraut, executive vice …
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CMS Proposed Rule Focuses on Patient Access to Health Info
February 21, 2019 | Eric D. Fader | Electronic Health Records | HIPAA | Hospitals | Legislation and Public Policy | Medicare and Medicaid
Yesterday’s Rivkin Rounds post discussed the Proposed Rule on information blocking recently released by the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC). The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) simultaneously released its own 251-page Proposed Rule, addressing some of the same concerns but focused on interoperability and patients’ access to their …
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