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The Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (“ONC”) has operationalized regulatory requirements to improve transparency in health information technology (“health IT”). The regulations, which were finalized in October 2015, clarified in December 2016, and effective as of January 14, 2016, apply to all health IT products and services certified to the 2014 Edition as well as the newly issued 2015 Edition standards, which include the certification criteria for Meaningful Use. The…
As payment reforms, such as bundled payments and Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs), drive further provider collaboration to achieve lower costs with enhanced outcomes, post- acute providers, especially assisted living sites, find themselves at the junction of important strategic decisions. Historically, assisted living was viewed as a “nursing home light” model that allowed aging in place and possible later admission to a Skilled Nursing Facility (SNF). Hence, many State laws cap or limit the amount of skilled care that…
How federal privacy laws apply to mobile health applications has been an area of significant ambiguity. Recently, the Federal Trade Commission’s (FTC), the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Office of Civil Rights (OCR), the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), and the HHS Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) joined together to provide a user-friendly web-based interactive tool to guide developers who are entering the heavily regulated mobile health…
The Senate Finance Committee chronic care working group recently released a Policy Options Document continuing an effort that started with a hearing titled, “Chronic Illness: Addressing Patients’ Unmet Needs” in the summer of 2014. The workgroup, which is led by Chairman Orrin Hatch, Ranking Member Ron Wyden, and Senators Johnny Isakson and Mark Warner, compiled proposals and feedback from industry stakeholders, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), and the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission…