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OCR Updates Mobile Health App Resources
September 25, 2020 | Eric D. Fader | Cybersecurity | Electronic Health Records | HIPAA | Legislation and Public Policy | Medical Devices and Wearables | Telehealth
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Office for Civil Rights (OCR) recently unveiled a new website with updated guidance and resources for mobile health app developers regarding the HIPAA Privacy, Security, and Breach Notification Rules. The new Resources for Mobile Health Apps Developers site replaces OCR’s prior Health App Developer Portal. The new site’s Health …
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Amazon Enters Health Wearables Market
September 11, 2020 | Eric D. Fader | Electronic Health Records | Home Health | Medical Devices and Wearables | Private Insurers | Telehealth
Amazon recently introduced the Halo fitness tracker, its first entry into the health wearables market currently dominated by Fitbit and the Apple Watch. Amazon’s previous efforts to move into the healthcare industry have included the acquisition of online pharmacy PillPack in 2018, the mysterious Haven initiative with Berkshire Hathaway and JPMorgan Chase, and various other …
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CMS Proposes Permanent Expansion of Telehealth Services
August 5, 2020 | Ada (Kozicz) Janocinska | Behavioral Health | Home Health | Hospitals | Legislation and Public Policy | Medicare and Medicaid | Telehealth
In response to the COVID-19 pandemic since mid-March, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) worked quickly to issue emergency guidance that allowed temporary expansion of payment for telehealth services and provided certain flexibility in providing telehealth services. The COVID pandemic has significantly increased awareness of the benefits of telehealth, as many patients have …
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HHS, DOJ Release Fraud and Abuse Report
July 23, 2020 | Eric D. Fader | Electronic Health Records | False Claims Act | Fraud and Abuse | Home Health | Hospitals | Litigation | Medical Devices and Wearables | Medicare and Medicaid | Pharmaceuticals | Telehealth
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and Department of Justice (DOJ) have released the 2019 annual report for their Health Care Fraud and Abuse Control Program. The government recovered almost $3.6 billion, of which about $2.5 billion was returned to the Medicare trust fund. The recoveries included judgments and settlements from fraud …
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FCC Increases Funding for Rural Telehealth Services
July 17, 2020 | Eric D. Fader | Behavioral Health | Home Health | Hospitals | Legislation and Public Policy | Telehealth
The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is adding $198 million in funding to the Rural Health Care Program to help healthcare providers acquire telecommunications and broadband services. The funding is in addition to $200 million that was allocated to the FCC’s COVID-19 Telehealth Program by the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act). About …
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Wearables Brands Fight for Healthcare Space
June 23, 2020 | Eric D. Fader | Electronic Health Records | Employer/Employee | Legislation and Public Policy | Medical Devices and Wearables | Telehealth
Manufacturers of activity trackers and smartwatches have been fighting over the “serious” healthcare market for several years. Companies such as Apple (previously discussed here), Fitbit (previously discussed here), and Garmin (previously discussed here) have all announced research partnerships with academic and clinical institutions to expand their businesses from the “exercise and fitness” market into healthcare …
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Navajo National Collaboration Could Greatly Boost Molina’s Flagging Fortunes in New Mexico
June 2, 2020 | Rivkin Rounds Staff | Medicare and Medicaid | Private Insurers | Telehealth
A recent article in Health Payer Specialist, “Navajo National Collaboration Could Greatly Boost Molina’s Flagging Fortunes in New Mexico,” discussed how Molina Healthcare, through the Navajo Managed Care Organization (MCO), is working to better the healthcare of the Navajo Nation while bolstering its own bottom line. Rivkin Radler’s Chris Kutner was quoted in the article. …
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FCC Approves COVID-19 Telehealth Program Funding
May 29, 2020 | Eric D. Fader | Behavioral Health | Hospitals | Legislation and Public Policy | Telehealth
On May 28, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) announced that its COVID-19 Telehealth Program has now approved a total of over $68 million in funding for 185 hospitals and other healthcare providers in 38 states plus Washington, DC. The program, whose full title states its goal of “Promoting Telehealth for Low-Income Consumers,” was adopted on …
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CMS Announces Further Rule Changes to Address Pandemic
May 4, 2020 | Eric D. Fader | ACOs | Behavioral Health | Hospitals | Legislation and Public Policy | Medicare and Medicaid | Telehealth
On April 30, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced numerous regulatory waivers and rule changes to, among other things, expand Medicare beneficiaries’ access to coronavirus testing and telehealth services. CMS also made changes to address financial concerns that had been raised by many accountable care organizations (ACOs). The changes included adding behavioral …
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OIG Posts FAQs on Enforcement During Pandemic
April 29, 2020 | Geoffrey R. Kaiser | Behavioral Health | False Claims Act | Fraud and Abuse | Hospitals | Legislation and Public Policy | Telehealth
On April 24, the Office of Inspector General (OIG) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) published responses to certain frequently asked questions and further explained its application of administrative enforcement authorities to arrangements directly connected to the COVID-19 pandemic. OIG stated that it is accepting inquiries regarding application of its administrative …
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