In April 2018, Governor Ralph Northam signed House Bill 793, which will allow Virginia nurse practitioners (NPs) with the equivalent of five years of full-time practice with a collaborating physician to be certified to practice independently. What does this mean for NPs in Virginia? Practically speaking, if a nurse practitioner meets the qualifications and makes the appropriate filings with the Board of Nursing, he or she can open up an independent practice to provide care in their community. This change aligns Virginia law with more than twenty other states across the country in adopting full practice authority and is expected to expand access to affordable primary care to thousands of Virginians.
Beginning on May 25, 2018, HIPAA won’t be the only healthcare data security standard with which U.S. companies have to comply. Medical practices, digital healthcare companies, and vendors (e.g., electronic health records companies, medical billing companies, and cloud services companies) that do business in the healthcare sector and collect data from European citizens will be required to comply with the new EU General Data Protection Regulation (the “GDPR”). A recent Reuters article called the implementation of these regulations “the biggest overhaul of online privacy since the birth of the internet.”
On December 28, 2017, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released a Memorandum (the “Memo”), effective immediately, that represents a clear change to previous guidance on the use of SMS Text Messaging or “texting” by healthcare providers to transmit patient information to other providers that are part of a patient’s care team.
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.
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.
This is the latest Nixon Law Group summary in our series on the new Virginia assisted living regulations, which go into effect on February 1, 2018. In this summary, we continue to focus on key changes to the regulations related to staffing.
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.
The revised Virginia assisted living regulations go into effect February 1, 2018. This is the latest summary in Nixon Law Group’s series highlighting key changes under the new regulations. This summary is the first of two that will focus on some of the new staffing requirements, including qualifications, training, and records.
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!
In this third installment of NLG posts summarizing the new Virginia assisted living regulations, we cover notable changes to requirements for Electronic Records and eSignatures, Incident Reporting, and Reports of Abuse, Neglect, or Exploitation. These regulations are scheduled to take effect February 1, 2018, so keep checking back for THE LATEST from Nixon Law Group!
This is the second NLG summary in our series on the revisions to Virginia’s Standards for Licensed Assisted Living Facilities, scheduled to take effect February 1, 2018. The new regulations include changes to the timing for submitting incident reports, a new section addressing electronic records and electronic signatures, substantial revisions to requirements for infection control programs, and changes to the required content of the Disclosure Statement and admission agreements. This summary focuses on changes to Infection Control regulations.
Final regulations that comprehensively revise Virginia’s Standards for Licensed Assisted Living Facilities are scheduled to take effect February 1, 2018. The new regulations include changes to the timing for submitting incident reports, a new section addressing electronic records and electronic signatures, substantial revisions to requirements for infection control programs, and changes to the required content of the Disclosure Statement and admission agreements. This is the first in a series of summaries on key changes under the new assisted living regulations, so stay tuned!