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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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California Executive Order Relaxes Telehealth Requirements and more Telehealth Buzz

California Executive Order Relaxes Telehealth Requirements California Governor Gavin Newsom has signed an executive order expanding access to telehealth. The order relaxes privacy and security laws associated with video chat and m-health platforms to facilitate better access to care during COVID-19. Providers may now use platforms such as Skype, FaceTime, and Zoom for real-time audio-visual […]

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Humana Announces New Telehealth Standards For COVID-19 Response and more Telehealth Buzz

Humana Announces New Telehealth Standards For COVID-19 Response Humana announced several changes to its policies to increase access to telehealth during the pandemic.  The company will: waive co-payments for telehealth services provided by in-network providers; temporarily enforce payment parity for in-network telehealth services; allow coverage for audio-only services; and expand the list of eligible providers […]

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Spotlight on HIPAA at the CTeL Summit

Since the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) became law in 1996, “HIPAA compliance,” “HIPAA violation,” and other such terms have become a familiar part of our national lexicon. For telehealth providers, navigating HIPAA requirements and an array of state-level privacy laws can be a perpetual challenge, and the prospect of an audit by […]

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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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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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Struggles with State Privacy Laws?

Each of the 50 states has its own unique quirks and traditions, from state flowers and landmarks to truly bizarre state and municipal laws. Also varying significantly from state to state: privacy laws, which can cause headaches for health care organizations and providers operating in multiple jurisdictions—along with their patients. As Fierce Healthcare first reported, […]

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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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What to Do About Inappropriate Conduct During Virtual Visits?

The Internet, as anyone who’s had the pleasure of using it more than likely knows, has its fair share of people who take advantage of the relative anonymity it can offer to engage in inappropriate behavior. And according to a recent CNBC article, health care providers are not immune from this conduct during virtual consultations […]

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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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