Government Shutdown Averted, Telemedicine Coverage Expanded

Government Shutdown Averted, Telemedicine Coverage Expanded

The  Bipartisan Budget Act of 2018 contains important changes to federal law related to reimbursement for and use of telemedicine, signaling Congress's continuing confidence in telemedicine's potential to improve care and reduce costs. 

The 21st Century Cures Act and the Future of Healthcare

The 21st Century Cures Act and the Future of Healthcare

The Cures Act is aimed at modernizing and personalizing healthcare by encouraging innovation and streamlining the process for discovery, development, and delivery of new treatments and technologies to those suffering from illness. Importantly, the legislation provides for significant funding to advance these goals, to the tune of $4.8 billion to the National Institutes of Health ("NIH"), $500 million to the Food & Drug Administration ("FDA"), and $1 billion in grants to states for opioid abuse prevention and treatment. This article will provide an overview of key components of the Cures Act and highlight implications for the future of healthcare.

Join Nixon Law Group at MATRC 2018

Join Nixon Law Group at MATRC 2018

Join NLG Partner Rebecca E. Gwilt and telemedicine vendors, practitioners, and academicians from Virginia, Maryland, Delaware, Washington, D.C., Pennsylvania, New Jersey, West Virginia, North Carolina, and Kentucky at the Mid-Atlantic Telehealth Resource Center's (MATRC) 2018 Summit in Hershey, PA this April. Rebecca will be speaking alongside Brian Scarpelli with the Connected Health Initiative during the session: “Deconstructing Reimbursement for Chronic Disease Management”. (Monday April 16 from 2:30 PM - 3:45 PM)

New Rule for Substance Abuse Records: Confidentiality and Disclosures

New Rule for Substance Abuse Records: Confidentiality and Disclosures

On January 2, 2018, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (“SAMHSA”) issued a Final Rule, amending 42 C.F.R Part 2 (“Part 2”), creating new changes to the federal rules governing confidentiality and disclosures of patient substance use disorder (“SUD”) records for the first time since 1987. Part 2 protects the confidentiality of SUD records, which are subset of protected health information (PHI). This means that these records are subject to HIPAA, but are also protected by Part 2, which contains additional (and more stringent) federal protections. These overlapping standards can make the storage and disclosure of patient records administratively burdensome for healthcare providers, patients and their families. It is also a challenge for technology companies that store, analyze, and transmit patient records on behalf of providers and patients.

Get to Know the New D.C. Telemedicine Regulations

Get to Know the New D.C. Telemedicine Regulations

As of December 22, 2017, the District of Columbia’s first telemedicine regulations take effect. Healthcare providers and healthcare technology vendors interested in or currently engaged in the telemedicine industry in D.C. should be aware of these key provisions in the new regulations.

How to get paid for Remote Patient Monitoring

How to get paid for Remote Patient Monitoring

Two Final Rules issued by CMS in November 2017 opened up entirely new avenues for reimbursement of Remote Patient Monitoring services in 2018, creating the potential for better patient outcomes and a boost to a medical practice's bottom line.

What You Need to Know About the Revised Virginia Assisted Living Regulations: Private Duty Personnel and Volunteers

What You Need to Know About the Revised Virginia Assisted Living Regulations: Private Duty Personnel and Volunteers

NLG continues its series of posts on certain key changes in the new Virginia assisted living regulations, scheduled to take effect February 1, 2018.  In this installment, we review new requirements for the use of private duty personnel and volunteers.  Keep reading THE LATEST from Nixon Law Group more information on the new ALF regulations and other healthcare happenings!

How to Secure Your Health Information Against Phishing Attacks

How to Secure Your Health Information Against Phishing Attacks

Earlier this year, a federally qualified health center, Metro Community Provider Network (“MCPN”) paid a $400,000 HIPAA breach penalty related to a 2011 phishing attack. In this attack, several MCPN employees had their email accounts hacked by a phisher who was able to gain access to about 3,200 individuals’ PHI.