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The Uncertain “State” of US Data Protection Law: California Leads the Way


By on Sep 22, 2020
Posted In Data Privacy

The California Consumer Privacy Act of 2018 (CCPA), which took effect this year, introduced a complicated data protection framework for the personal information of California residents, imposing a variety of new obligations on affected businesses. Although the interpretation of many of the CCPA’s provisions remains unsettled—and proposed regulations are still pending— the CCPA’s original architects...

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Privacy Considerations for COVID-19 Digital Contact Tracing


By on Sep 15, 2020
Posted In Data Privacy, Mobile Apps

Generally, contact tracing refers to an effort by public health officials to identify individuals with whom a patient who has tested positive for an infectious disease has been in close proximity. Public health officials will inform these individuals that they were exposed to a contagious patient and encourage them to monitor their symptoms and quarantine...

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DOJ Continues Telemedicine Enforcement in Q2 2019


By , and on Aug 27, 2019
Posted In Telehealth

During the second quarter of 2019, DOJ continued its focus on enforcement activity in telemedicine. As reported in prior editions of the Quarterly Roundup, telemedicine is an expanding field, causing DOJ to pay particular attention to the industry. In April 2019, DOJ indicted the owner and operator of 1stCare MD and ProfitsCentric with one count...

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Live Webinar: Developing and Procuring Digital Health AI Solutions: Advice for Developers, Purchasers and Vendors


By , , , , , , , and on Jun 8, 2018
Posted In Cybersecurity, Data Privacy, Data Transfers/Safe Harbor/Privacy Shield, General Interest, Mobile Apps, Telehealth

Join McDermott next Wednesday for a live webinar on the unique considerations in developing and procuring AI solutions for digital health applications from the perspective of various stakeholders. We will discuss the legal issues and strategies surrounding: Research and data mapping essential to the development and validation of AI technologies Protecting and maintaining intellectual property...

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Order now: The Law of Digital Health Book


By , , , , , , , , , , , and on Mar 20, 2018
Posted In Big Data, Cloud, Consumer Protection, Data Privacy, General Interest, Telehealth

Designed to provide business leaders and their key advisors with the knowledge and insight they need to grow and sustain successful digital health initiatives, we are pleased to present The Law of Digital Health, a new book edited and authored by McDermott’s team of distinguished digital health lawyers, and published by AHLA. Visit www.mwe.com/lawofdigitalhealth to order this...

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A Declaration without a Response: Senators Urge DEA to Enact Regulations on Opioid-Based Addiction Treatments Using Telemedicine


By and on Feb 16, 2018
Posted In General Interest, Mobile Apps, Telehealth

This past fall, after months of speculation, President Trump declared the opioid crisis sweeping the United States a national public health emergency. Upon the president’s declaration, Acting Health and Human Services Secretary Eric D. Hargan made a formal declaration under Section 319 of the Public Health Service Act, making available an exception to the Ryan...

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Understanding the Implications of Federal Remote Prescribing Laws on Telemedicine’s Role in Behavioral Health Treatment


By and on Feb 14, 2018
Posted In General Interest, Mobile Apps, Telehealth

The opioid epidemic is making the United States acutely aware of the horrors of substance abuse disorders and the limited means of treating the individuals suffering from addiction. Rural America is among the places hit hardest by opioid addiction while also having limited access to mental and behavioral health providers. Telemedicine offers a viable solution...

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Digital Health Year in Review: 2017 Trends and Looking Ahead to 2018


By , , , , , , , and on Jan 12, 2018
Posted In Advertising & Marketing, Big Data, Cloud, Consumer Protection, Cybersecurity, Data Privacy, Data Transfers/Safe Harbor/Privacy Shield, Mobile Apps, Telehealth

Throughout 2017, the health care and life sciences industries experienced a widespread proliferation of digital health innovation that presents challenges to traditional notions of health care delivery and payment as well as product research, development and commercialization for both long-standing and new stakeholders. At the same time, lawmakers and regulators made meaningful progress toward modernizing...

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A Net-Neutral Decision for Health Care? What Providers Can Expect in the Wake of Net Neutrality Repeal


By and on Dec 26, 2017
Posted In Big Data, Cybersecurity, Data Privacy, Telehealth

As the Federal Communications Commission repeals the Open Internet Order—more commonly known as the net-neutrality rules—health care consumers and providers have been left wondering how this change will affect their ability to receive and deliver health care using digital health tools. In this On the Subject, we outline how changes in internet access will affect...

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Slow and Steady – CMS Expands Telehealth Reimbursement Opportunities in 2018


By and on Dec 7, 2017
Posted In Big Data, Mobile Apps, Telehealth

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) reiterated its commitments to expanding access to telehealth services and paying “appropriately” for services that maximize technology in the Medicare Program; Revisions to Payment Policies under the Physician Fee Schedule and Other Revisions to Part B for CY 2018; Medicare Shared Savings Program Requirements; and Medicare Diabetes...

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