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Insights into HHS COVID-19 HIPAA Waivers and Lasting Implications

HHS and OCR have issued several COVID-19 HIPAA waivers around telehealth and data sharing amid the pandemic. But it’s crucial providers keep privacy and security in focus.

The nationwide public health emergency brought on by the COVID-19 outbreak has led to several Good Faith HIPAA waivers from the Department of Health and Human Services and the Office for Civil Rights. The waivers aim to fuel data sharing and telehealth in support of safe, remote care with fewer physician burdens.

While these efforts are designed to support an increase in telehealth, reduce…

How remote-patient monitoring will change healthcare

You may be hearing some new words thrown around due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Terms like telehealthtelemedicineremote-patient monitoring (RPM)virtual care, and digital health have been around for years, but the recent situation is accelerating patient awareness and physician adoption of these technologies.

With a growing need for social isolation, healthcare organizations are actively seeking ways to provide health services to patients with both COVID-19 and other conditions remotely.

These buzz words all fall under growing movement in healthcare — the digital health movement. In 2019, $8.9 billion was poured into digital health companies…

10 Post-Pandemic Regulatory Considerations for Telehealth Providers

  • Telehealth has long faced a number of obstacles to widespread adoption. Beyond a number of operational and clinical hurdles, widespread implementation of telehealth has been hindered by various legal and regulatory barriers.
  • The COVID-19 pandemic and the unprecedented limitations on in-person healthcare delivery, however, have led to a flurry of state and federal emergency healthcare regulations and guidance specific to telehealth. Although temporary, many of these changes may actually accelerate long-lasting regulatory developments that encourage telehealth.
  • This Holland & Knight alert highlights 10 key regulatory considerations for telehealth providers to consider and provides insights as to what the post-pandemic…

New HHS COVID-19 Telehealth Grants Target Pediatric, Licensure Programs

The Health and Human Services Department is issuing $20 million in COVID-19 funds to four telehealth programs for pediatric and maternal care and two efforts to expand interstate license portability.

Federal officials have awarded $20 million to four healthcare providers and two organizations to improve telehealth outreach during the COVID-19 pandemic – including efforts to expand multi-state licensure.

The April 30 announcement came from the Health and Human Services Department, which issued the awards through the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA). The money comes out of the CARES Act, which…

COVID-19 Update: Medicare to waive more testing, telehealth, hospital requirements

On April 30, 2020, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced a second round of sweeping regulatory waivers and rule changes in an effort to expand care to Medicare and Medicaid beneficiaries and give greater flexibility to hospitals, other providers and suppliers furnishing services to Medicare beneficiaries as America responds to the COVID-19 pandemic and begins to reopen. Some of the changes were mandated by the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act, which President Trump signed into law on March 27, 2020.

Generally, the changes will expand the scope of telehealth…

Doctors Hope Relaxed Telehealth Rules Continue Beyond Pandemic

Doctors relying on eased telehealth rules to treat patients during the pandemic could face familiar obstacles to remote treatment when enforcement of security and privacy requirements return.

Chatting with physicians online has drastically expanded during the pandemic via video-conferencing apps such as Google Meet, Zoom, Skype, and Apple FaceTime. That was more difficult when privacy and security rules were more rigorously enforced.

Temporarily relaxing the privacy and security rules was aimed at keeping patients from showing up at hospitals and doctors’ offices, potentially exposing themselves and others to the coronavirus. Now…

5 Reasons Why Telehealth Is Here To Stay (COVID-19 And Beyond)

Telehealth. It’s no longer just a nice-to-have, but instead a must-have for patients and healthcare professionals alike during these uncertain times the COVID-19 pandemic has brought about. While we all wish that it hadn’t taken a pandemic to propel telehealth forward, for better or for worse, it has. The spotlight is now on telehealth in a big way, and for good reason. 

Based on a survey by Sage Growth Partner (SGP) and Black Book Market Research, 25% of consumer respondents had used telehealth prior to the current COVID-19 pandemic. Fifty-nine percent reported…

Need help paying for telehealth? $200 million FCC fund could help.

If you are looking for financial assistance in providing telehealth during the COVID-19 pandemic, a newly created $200 million government program may be able to help defray the costs of continuing to provide care to patients remotely. 

Featured updates: COVID-19

The COVID-19 Telehealth Program is part of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act and the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is taking applications for assistance now. The AMA—which supports telehealth as a way of continue to care for patients while keeping physicians and patients safe—has created a webpage to help physicians navigate the funding opportunity. 

Eligible health care…

FCC doles out $13.6M for COVID-19 telehealth relief; Here are the 30 organizations that received funding

The Federal Communications Commission has approved four waves of COVID-19 telehealth program applications, funneling more than $13.6 million in funding to healthcare providers across the U.S.

Under the $200 million program, part of the $2 trillion Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act, hospitals and health centers can apply for up to $1 million to cover costs for internet-connected monitoring devices, broadband connectivity and telecommunication devices. 

Below is a list of the applications FCC has approved since April 16; the agency is continuing to accept applications and will…

10 Post-Pandemic Regulatory Considerations for Telehealth Providers

Highlights

  • Telehealth has long faced a number of obstacles to widespread adoption. Beyond a number of operational and clinical hurdles, widespread implementation of telehealth has been hindered by various legal and regulatory barriers.
  • The COVID-19 pandemic and the unprecedented limitations on in-person healthcare delivery, however, have led to a flurry of state and federal emergency healthcare regulations and guidance specific to telehealth. Although temporary, many of these changes may actually accelerate long-lasting regulatory developments that encourage telehealth.
  • This Holland & Knight alert highlights 10 key regulatory considerations for telehealth providers to consider and provides insights as…
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