HIPAA

On June 13, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) issued guidance to explain how audio-only telehealth can comply with HIPAA, while also emphasizing that this mode of telehealth services can expand healthcare access to individuals who may have limited internet and broadband capabilities.

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic in March 2020,

On March 22, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) issued guidance clarifying the obligations of covered entities to require their business associates to comply with HIPAA Administrative Simplification requirements related to standards for electronic health care transactions, code sets, unique identifiers, and operating rules.

While these requirements apply only to covered entities,

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Health Sector Cybersecurity Coordination Center (HC3) recently issued a report entitled “Electronic Medical Records in Healthcare” that discussed security risks applicable to electronic medical records (EMRs) and electronic health records (EHRs). EHRs and EMRs are prime targets for cyber attackers because protected health information (PHI)

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

Eric Fader was featured on the LexBlog podcast, “This Week in Legal Blogging,” where he discussed his blog, Rivkin Rounds. The LexBlog article, “Eric Fader on his push to launch Rivkin Rounds and how it has paid off for him and his firm,” gives a brief overview of the topics the podcast goes into,

The New Jersey Attorney General’s Office and Division of Consumer Affairs recently announced that two New Jersey-based printing companies, Command Marketing Innovations, LLC (CMI) and Strategic Content Imaging, LLC (SCI), agreed, pursuant to a Consent Order, to pay $130,000 in fines and penalties to settle allegations that they violated the state’s Consumer Fraud Act

An article in the December issue of HIPAA Regulatory Alert, “HIPAA Changes Coming in 2022 Might Require Policy Revisions,” discussed how proposed changes to HIPAA and the HITECH Act may affect covered entities and business associates. Rivkin Radler’s Eric Fader was quoted in the article.

Eric pointed out that the proposed changes