RECENT HEALTH LAW NEWS


Study to Use Apple Watch Data
March 21, 2019 | Eric D. Fader | Electronic Health Records | Medical Devices and Wearables
A new three-year study at the University of Michigan’s medical center will examine whether data collected on Apple Watch, along with other health information, can be useful in analyzing patients’ health. The MIPACT (Michigan Predictive Activity and Clinical Trajectories) Study has already begun with 1,000 participants, and thousands more patients are expected to enroll over the …
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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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Fitbit, Solera Health Expand Diabetes Efforts
March 12, 2019 | Eric D. Fader | Electronic Health Records | Medical Devices and Wearables | Private Insurers
Fitbit and Solera Health announced on March 6 that they have expanded their partnership that seeks to reduce the prevalence of type 2 diabetes. Solera, an integrated benefit network, will make Fitbit devices available to all Solera patients who participate in the National Diabetes Prevention Program (DPP). In a study, Solera found that its patients …
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CMS to Propose Significant Changes to Stark Law
March 7, 2019 | Cassandra Rivais | Fraud and Abuse | Legislation and Public Policy | Medicare and Medicaid
At the Federation of American Hospitals’ 2019 Public Policy Conference on March 4, Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Administrator Seema Verma announced the agency’s plan to make dramatic changes to the federal physician self-referral prohibition, commonly known as the Stark Law. The changes are designed to support a value-based model of care in …
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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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OCR May Alter HIPAA Rules to Ease Compliance, Care Coordination
February 28, 2019 | Rivkin Rounds Staff | Cybersecurity | Electronic Health Records | HIPAA | Legislation and Public Policy
An article in the March issue of Healthcare Risk Management discussed a Request for Information (RFI) released in December by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of Civil Rights (OCR). The RFI, which seeks public input on how the HIPAA rules may be modified to promote coordinated, value-based healthcare, was previously discussed …
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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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Embryo Destruction Lawsuits Open New Legal Frontier
February 21, 2019 | Katherine A. Heptig | Cassandra Rivais | Litigation
As of January 2019, following a months-long break in the cases due to judicial transition, at least 70 lawsuits arising from the accidental destruction of human embryos and eggs were pending in Ohio state courts. The cases highlight the complex questions surrounding the legal status of embryos and, by consequence, theories of liability for the …
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