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for: ‘Legal Issues’

How Hospitals Can Protect Against Ransomware: Expert Advice

In the wake of last month’s WannaCry ransomware attack, which caused chaos at hospitals in the United Kingdom, and at a time when large-scale health care data breaches have often dominated headlines, experts are urging health care organizations to double down on their commitment to cybersecurity. The good news for hospitals and health systems? The […]

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Protecting Patient Data: Cybersecurity Pro Tips from HBR

You could be forgiven these days for thinking that there was a large-scale health care data breach every other day, with the degree to which they’ve dominated headlines. Indeed, a recent Accenture study found that 26 percent of Americans have had their data breached. And it’s only been a few weeks since the “WannaCry” ransomware […]

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Texas Telehealth Bill Signed Into Law

With Gov. Greg Abbott’s (R-TX) signature on it over the weekend, Senate Bill 1107/House Bill 2697 officially became Texas law. And with that, Texas became the final of the 50 states to do away with the requirement that a doctor-patient relationship be established only in person. As MobiHealthNews, the Dallas Morning News, and others first […]

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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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Texting With Patients? AMA Weighs In

Everyone, it seems, texts these days—in fact, 81 percent of Americans, according to a Pew Research Center study, do so on a regular basis. What’s more, people are doing more than just exchanging greetings via text, with many doing everything from sending and receiving money to refilling prescriptions through SMS. Given this nationwide fondness for […]

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Telehealth in D.C.? New City Council Bill Would Facilitate Expanded Usage

For many people, telehealth might seem like the kind of thing that would disproportionately benefit patients in rural areas–small-town patients who would otherwise have to drive long distances in order to visit a specialty provider, for example. But telehealth has equal potential when it comes to addressing health care disparities among patients living in underserved […]

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Do Virtual Visits Save Money? New RAND Study Casts Some Doubt

Is direct-to-consumer telehealth helping expand access to health care—and, is it helping to lower health care costs overall? Answering these questions was part of the focus of a new two-year RAND study of a group of California patients, published in the most recent issue of Health Affairs. The verdict? While the visits themselves were less […]

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Nurse Licensure Compact: Full Adoption Coming Sooner than Expected?

It looks like it will be smooth sailing ahead for the Interstate Nurse Licensure Compact in the coming months. As Politico reports, based on state legislative action, it seems like the compact allowing for nurse licensure portability among states may go into full effect even before its target date of December 31, 2018. “I don’t […]

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Telemedicine and Cardiovascular Care: AHA Guidelines Point to Opportunities

The staggering costs of cardiovascular disease in the United States have been well documented; a 2015 CDC Foundation study, for example, estimated that one out of every six dollars spent on health care goes toward caring for the approximately 85 million patients with these conditions, as well as seven million stroke survivors. However, the use […]

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Q & A on Telehealth Marketing with Legal Expert Joe McMenamin

On November 17, attendees of the Fall 2016 CTeL Telehealth Summit will focus on an important emerging issue for the telehealth community: the potential risks and liability posed by telehealth marketing. Joining the panel will be telehealth legal expert Joe McMenamin, MD, JD, a physician-attorney whose law practice and consultancy concentrate on and benefit from […]

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