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for: ‘HHS Office of Civil Rights’

New Defense Health Bill Seeks to Add Telehealth Services and Providers & more Telehealth Buzz

New Defense Health Bill Seeks to Add Telehealth Services and Providers Senators Kelly Loeffler (R-GA) and Krysten Sinema (D-AZ) introduced a bill in support of a letter urging the Defense Department to expand TRICARE telehealth coverage. The letter called on TRICARE to cover the same amount of telemental health services for the military as civilians […]

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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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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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Health IT, Telehealth Would See Cuts in Suggested Trump Budget

Just as he did earlier this year with his spending proposal for the remainder of FY 2017, President Donald Trump has made waves on and off the Hill with the release of his FY 2018 budget blueprint. With its suggested broad cuts to health care and social welfare programs, including Medicaid, the document, dubbed “A […]

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New OCR Chief Pledges to Fight Breaches

It’s no secret that the number of large-scale health care data breaches has been on the rise in recent years, often dominating headlines and causing concern in the health care community. The Office of Civil Rights (OCR) at the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) plays an important role in combating and responding to […]

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CTeL Fall Summit: Q & A with Cybersecurity Experts

On November 18, attendees of the CTeL Fall Telehealth Summit will turn their attention to an urgent concern: how to protect health data in a world of increasing cyber-threats. Panelists for the session, “Held for Ransom: Protecting Yourself Against Cybersecurity Threats” will include two experts in cybersecurity for health care organizations: Robert Hudock, Esq. and Adam […]

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