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We don’t often cover brand-new proposed legislation on Rivkin Rounds, generally preferring to wait until it’s closer to becoming law. However, two bipartisan bills introduced in Congress last week are worthy of mention.

The Telehealth Extension and Evaluation Act would allow the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services to extend certain pandemic-era flexibilities in Medicare

On January 24, New York Attorney General Letitia James announced a settlement with EyeMed Vision Care LLC based on shortcomings in the company’s data security procedures. The problems were discovered during the state’s investigation of a 2020 data breach that affected 2.1 million people.

EyeMed, owned by Italian eyeware giant Luxottica Group PIVA, provides vision

The federal No Surprises Act, effective January 1, 2022, established new requirements for healthcare providers, facilities, and providers of air ambulance services to protect consumers from “surprise” medical bills. These requirements are in addition to applicable state laws regulating balance billing and surprise bills.

If a consumer receives care from an out-of-network provider, the patient’s

On December 22, the Connecticut Department of Public Health (DPH) announced that it issued an Order temporarily suspending the requirements for state licensure, certification or registration of physicians, nurses, and certain behavioral health providers who are licensed elsewhere in the U.S. or the District of Columbia. The Order will expire on February 15, 2022, if

A study recently released by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) found that the number of beneficiaries in the traditional Medicare program who used telehealth increased from 840,000 in 2019 to nearly 52.7 million in 2020. At the same time, the number of visits to doctors’ offices reimbursed under Part B decreased.

The New Jersey Attorney General’s Office announced on October 12 that Diamond Institute for Infertility and Menopause, LLC, based in Millburn, NJ, will pay a $495,000 penalty for allegedly violating HIPAA and state law by failing to implement appropriate cybersecurity measures. The New Jersey Department of Law & Public Safety’s Division of Consumer Affairs investigated

On September 30, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Office for Civil Rights (OCR) announced that it issued guidance to clarify that the HIPAA Privacy Rule does not prohibit businesses from asking customers, clients or employees to disclose their COVID-19 vaccination status. OCR felt compelled to weigh in after chronic widespread ignorance of

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has awarded $954 million to 1,292 community health centers across the U.S. for capital improvements. The funds, to be provided by HHS’s Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) under the American Rescue Plan Act, will advance health equity initiatives in medically underserved communities.

HHS’s press release

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) recently issued a policy statement confirming that vendors of apps and other connected devices that collect personal health information, such as glucose levels, heart rate, or fertility or sleep data, are subject to the FTC’s Health Breach Notification Rule. The rule, issued in 2009, requires vendors to notify consumers