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Advocacy before Congress, FDA, and other federal agencies with respect to emerging regulatory policies on health information technology, research use products, and laboratory developed tests.
April 7, 2017, Covington Digital Health
Last week, Senators Cory Gardner (R-CO) and Gary Peters (D-MI) introduced new legislation to test expanded Medicare coverage of telehealth services. The Telehealth Innovation and Improvement Act requires the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to allow selected, eligible hospitals to offer telehealth services in cooperation with the Center for ...
February 7, 2017, Covington Digital Health
The full Senate could vote as early as this week on the nomination of Rep. Tom Price (R-GA) to be Secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). In January, two Senate Committees held hearings on Rep. Price’s nomination. These hearings focused largely on Rep. Price’s stance on repeal of the Affordable … Continue Reading
December 23, 2016, Covington Digital Health
On December 13, 2016, President Obama signed the 21st Century Cures Act (“Cures Act”), Pub. L. 114-255, which aims to expand medical research and expedite the approvals of drug therapies for patients. The Cures Act also contains several provisions related to the HIPAA Privacy and Security Rules. None of these provisions make substantive changes to … Continue ...
December 16, 2016, Covington Digital Health
Tom Price, the Republican representative from Georgia, has been tapped by President-elect Trump as the new Secretary for the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). Rep. Price is himself an orthopedic surgeon and comes from a family of doctors and, as a result, is focused closely on the ways in which government regulations burden … Continue Reading
December 6, 2016, Covington Digital Health
We have followed (here and here) the adoption of the Interstate Medical Licensure Compact (“IMLC”) by various states and the subsequent formation of a commission under the IMLC. We believe that the IMLC presents one promising avenue for the proliferation of telemedicine. In this post, we explore another initiative designed to encourage the development of … ...
December 2, 2016, Covington Digital Health
On November 29, 2016, the Senate unanimously passed the Expanding Capacity for Health Outcomes Act (the ECHO Act). This legislation seeks to expand the use of technology to connect underserved communities with critical health care services. The ECHO Act is designed to encourage the development of “technology-enabled collaborative learning and capacity models,” ...
November 4, 2016, Covington Digital Health
In July of 2015 we noted that nine states had enacted laws to join the Interstate Medical Licensure Compact. We described this cooperative program intended to allow physicians to obtain expedited licenses to practice in multiple states. This would facilitate the delivery of telemedicine across state lines; physicians are generally prohibited from practicing, ...
October 28, 2016, Covington Digital Health
The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) recently published guidance on HIPAA requirements governing the use of cloud computing entities, specifically cloud services providers (CSPs). In this guidance, HHS explains that CSPs that create, receive, maintain, or transmit protected health information (PHI) on behalf of a covered entity or business associate ...
October 6, 2016, Covington Digital Health
Last month, the Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) released a new guide for prospective buyers of Electronic Health Record systems (EHRs). ONC provides detailed information and suggestions that merit the serious consideration of anyone that contracts or plans to contract with an ...
September 30, 2016, Covington Digital Health
Earlier this week the Government Accountability Office released a report critiquing the U.S. Department of Health and Humana Services’ (HHS) oversight of and guidance related to health information security and privacy. (The report is available here.) GAO cited the increasing incidence of hacking and other breaches, which affected over 113 million health records ...
May 13, 2015, Life Sciences Essentials Webinar Series