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States Amend Professional Practice Standards to Incorporate Telehealth

Numerous states—including Wisconsin, Illinois, Kentucky and Oklahoma—have been busy finalizing rulemaking and legislation that create or amend professional practice standards to incorporate telehealth. What have these states been up to over the last month?

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Guarding the Gateway: Florida Tightens Grip on Electronic Health Records Storage

In May 2023, the Florida Legislature amended the Florida Electronic Health Records Exchange Act to add a provision regarding the security and storage of patient information. It took effect on July 1, 2023. To ensure compliance, Florida healthcare providers should review where their electronic patient information is physically maintained.

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Digital Health and the Direction of AI in Healthcare

What is the current state of digital health? Where will artificial intelligence (AI) see the most growth and adoption in healthcare? And what are the key AI issues most relevant to healthcare providers?

In this TripleTree article, Alya Sulaiman offers her perspective on some of the essential AI questions facing the digital health space.

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Putting Employee Wellness Programs to Work

What are the opportunities and challenges of digital health wellness programs? In a recent discussion, McDermott Partners Scott A. Weinstein and Sarah G. Raaii discussed a wide range of issues, including accessibility to employees, navigating the health plan regulatory landscape, budgetary constraints and the reality of rising healthcare costs.

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Remote Monitoring Services Under Review: Update on Potential Medicare Coverage Policies

On May 19, 2023, Novitas Solutions and First Coast Options sent an email to certain interested parties, with whom they had engaged following the multijurisdictional contractor advisory committee (CAC) meeting, explaining that they have decided to not pursue at this time a local coverage determination for remote physiological monitoring (RPM) and remote therapeutic monitoring (RTM).

What does this communication mean for RPM/RTM service providers?

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Teleprescribing of Controlled Substances Temporarily Extended Beyond PHE

The US Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) and the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) are extending telehealth flexibilities that allow providers to prescribe controlled substances. While the extension is in place, the DEA indicated that it will be further evaluating its recently proposed rules for post-COVID-19 public health emergency telemedicine prescription of controlled substances.

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FTC Proposes Health Breach Notification Rule Amendments

At a recent open Commission meeting, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) voted unanimously to issue a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking to amend the Health Breach Notification Rule (HBNR). The FTC’s proposed amendment aims to codify the HBNR’s application to digital health and mobile technologies. However, several aspects of the proposed amendment lack clarity and are likely to cause confusion unless further clarified through the ongoing rulemaking process.

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