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Telehealth Wins in Budget Deal; Fares Less Well in Pres. Budget

The 115th Congress continues to be a promising one for telehealth advocates, as last week’s passage of legislation to fund the government (and avert a shutdown) contained several pieces of very good news. As Fierce Healthcare and others first reported, the $400 billion continuing resolution incorporated the provisions of the bipartisan CHRONIC Care Act, which […]

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OCR Rolls Out New HIPAA Guidance Docs

Happy holidays from the Office of Civil Rights (OCR) at the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS)! As Politico first reported, just in time for Christmas and Hanukkah, the agency has rolled out a series of Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) guidance documents and other tools for providers, with a particular focus […]

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HHS Plans Audit of Medicaid Telehealth Spending

“Audit” is a word that doesn’t exactly inspire happiness or excitement in most people, so it’s likely that a piece of recent news from the Office of the Inspector General (OIG) at the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) won’t necessarily be a welcome one. As Health Care Law Today and others first reported, the department […]

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New Bipartisan Bill Would Create Cybersecurity Position at HHS

At a time when large-scale data breaches have frequently dominated headlines, experts have repeatedly warned that many health care organizations are not well prepared for cyberattacks, with some calling on the government to do more to provide support. Now, two Members of Congress are seeking to ensure that the Department of Health and Human Services […]

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HIMSS Shares “Wish List” With Congress

It’s been a busy year for telehealth and health IT on Capitol Hill, with lawmakers on both sides of the aisle introducing more than two dozen pieces of telehealth-related legislation, and one telehealth-friendly bill (the CHRONIC Care Act) even passing the Senate. But the 115th Congress isn’t over yet, and advocates want to keep the […]

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Seema Verma in Line to be Next HHS Secretary?

Following last week’s resignation of Tom Price as Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS) amid concerns about his use of private aircraft at taxpayer expense (and continuing health care drama on Capitol Hill), the first question that likely came to mind for most health care types was this one: Who will replace Price at […]

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Can We Fully Prepare For Cyberattacks?

These days, it might seem like every other headline is about a large-scale health care data breach or ransomware attack. Indeed, an Accenture study from earlier this year found that 26 percent of Americans have had their data breached. And this May, the “WannaCry” ransomware attack caused chaos around the world, including for health care […]

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HHS OIG Announces Review of Telehealth Payments

What does the recently announced Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Office of the Inspector General (OIG) review of Medicare telehealth payments mean for the future of telehealth reimbursement? That’s the question that some advocates are asking following the announcement that the agency will be examining potential improper payments from the Centers for Medicare […]

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New Legislation Would Allow for More Flexibility on Meaningful Use

Since the passage of the HITECH Act in 2009, meaningful use has helped encourage numerous health care organizations to integrate electronic health records (EHRs) into their practices. At the same time, it’s caused headaches among providers who have found the timeline for adoption to be too rapid. With that in mind, Rep. Michael Burgess (R-TX) […]

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Improper Medicare Payments for Meaningful Use, Telehealth?

Have the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) been making improper payments to hospitals for the meaningful use of electronic health records (EHRs) and for telehealth services? That’s the question that the Office of the Inspector General (OIG) at the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) will be considering. As Healthcare IT News […]

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