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Tally-ho! Flurry of Legislative Activity Signals Ease on Federal Barriers to Telehealth

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In recent months, a number of bills have been introduced or passed in Congress that would ease federal health care programs’ restrictions on telehealth. Currently, Medicare has strict limitations on telehealth. But bipartisan groups of Senators have introduced two bills seeking to expand telehealth services covered by Medicare.

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Our Allies Under Attack! Ransomware Hits the Brits and Quickly Spreading Across Globe – Batten Down the Hatches NOW

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FCC Paving the Way for Advancement of Telehealth

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The Federal Communications Commission recently solicited public comment on how it can better facilitate broadband-enabled health care solutions by adopting new policies or removing existing regulatory barriers. Initial comments are due on May 24, while reply comments are due June 8 of this year. 

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Mobile Health Oops! New York Takes Action While Federal Regulators Falter

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How Millennials Will Change Health Care IT

* The following article was originally published by Healthcare Business & Technology. To read it on the Healthcare Business & Technology website, click here

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FTC Arms Businesses and Consumers Against Ransomware

Ransomware is a living-nightmare for the health care industry, with attacks or threats of attacks increasing and the consequences potentially devastating to patients and businesses. The Federal Trade Commission recently issued guidance for both businesses and consumers on defending against ransomware, which Arent Fox attorneys Sarah Bruno, Eva Pulliam, and Lourdes Turrecha analyze in the article below.

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Strategic Prespectives: Risks in Health Care IT Agreements and Recommendations to Avoid Them

* This article was originally published by Health Law Daily

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Approval of Privacy Shield Provides Framework for Transfer Personal Data between the US and EU

What’s New?

After months of negotiations, it’s official: the EU-US Privacy Shield has been formally approved on both sides of the Atlantic, by the EU Commission and the US Commerce Department, despite concerns surrounding the adequacy of its earlier version.

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IT Systems Put Security into Health Care Cybersecurity

*This article was originally published by The Journal of Health Care Compliance.

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OCR’s HIPAA Guidance on Ransomware Expands Traditional Interpretation of “Breach”

On Monday, July 11, 2016, the Office for Civil Rights (OCR) released a fact sheet with guidance for covered entities and business associates on HIPAA and ransomware.

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