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Category Archives: Health Care Law

Wearables, Wellness and Privacy

Bloomberg BNA recently reported that this fall the Center for Democracy & Technology (CDT) will be issuing a report on Fitbit Inc.’s privacy practices. Avid runners, walkers or those up on the latest gadgets likely know about Fitbit, and its line of wearable fitness devices. Others may know about Fitbit due to the need to measure …

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HIPAA: Disclosing Exam Results to Employers

Physicians and other providers are often paid by employers to conduct drug tests, fitness-for-duty or return-to-work exams, or employment physicals for employees. In such circumstances, the physician may mistakenly assume that they may disclose the test and exam results to the employer without the patient’s authorization, but that is not correct. As with any other …

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UK Government Launches Cybersecurity Service For Healthcare Organizations

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The UK government has announced a new national service providing expert cybersecurity advice to entities within the National Health Service (NHS) and the UK’s broader healthcare system.  The project, called CareCERT (Care Computing Emergency Response Team), is aiming for a full go-live in January 2016. Acording to recent press releases, CareCERT will: “Provide incident response expertise …

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FDA Flunks Mylan’s India Facilities, Finds cGMP Violations

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When we open our medicine cabinet, we take for granted that the drugs we find there are safe and properly labeled. Many physicians privately worry, however, about the safety and efficacy of prescription drugs. About 85% of the prescription drugs sold in the United States are manufactured offshore. Many of those offshore drugs are made …

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Medical Record Retention

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I am often asked how long a practice must maintain medical records. The answer depends on the type of provider you are and your risk tolerance. Providers should generally consider the following in establishing their record retention policies: 1. Patient care. The primary consideration should be patient care. Some practices (e.g., oncology) may want to …

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