Category Archives: Health

CBO Greenlights Telehealth Provisions in Senate’s CHRONIC Care Act

Last week, the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) concluded that a key piece of telehealth legislation, the CHRONIC Care Act of 2017, would not, overall, increase or decrease Medicare spending. This score is significant as it marks the first time that CBO has concluded that providing enhanced Medicare coverage for telehealth services would be budget neutral and …

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Practicing Telemedicine Across State Borders: New Expedited Licenses Permit Physicians to Expand Practice

In a watershed moment for the expansion of telemedicine, the Interstate Medical Licensure Compact Commission is now processing applications to allow physicians to practice telemedicine across state lines with greater ease. Nineteen states have passed legislation to adopt the Interstate Medical Licensure Compact, which allows physicians to obtain a license to practice medicine in any Compact …

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“WannaCry” Ransomware Attack Causes Disruption Globally – With Worst Yet to Come

A ransomware known as “WannaCry” affected 200,000 people in 150 countries over the weekend, locking computer files and demanding payment to release them. As of this morning, Australia and New Zealand users seem to have avoided the brunt of the attack, with the Federal Government only confirming three reports of Australian companies being affected.  Not …

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Compliance with Health and Fitness State Laws: Background, Best Practices and Key Takeaways for Health and Fitness Club Owners

We have found that most business owners desire to run their club, studio or other fitness facility in compliance with all applicable laws.  However, the problem is the difficulty in obtaining complete and accurate information regarding which laws are applicable to their business.  Therefore, the purpose of this article to: (i) Provide information as to …

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More Than Family Affair: Six-Figure HIPAA Penalty Upheld for Unrepentant Home Care Agency due to PHI Access by Spurned Spouse of Employee

Introduction The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996, Public Law 104-191 and the regulations promulgated thereunder (“HIPAA”) should be now well-known to health care providers and health plans.  Under HIPAA’s “Privacy Rule,” covered entities must take steps to “reasonably safeguard” protected health information (“PHI”) from any “intentional or unintentional use or disclosure that …

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Tips and Considerations (#1 – 5) Before Opening a Fitness Studio or Facility

I have worked with a number of clients over the past few years in opening up their own fitness studio (franchisee or otherwise) or CrossFit affiliated gym.  This article is the first in a three part series (15 tips and considerations total) aimed at helping people that are considering taking their passion for fitness from …

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