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Karen S. Sealander focuses her practice exclusively in the health sector. She has more than two decades of experience representing and counseling health care providers, health insurance plans, integrated health care delivery systems, professional associations of health care providers and others in the health sector on legislative, regulatory and legal matters. Read Karen Sealander's full bio.

Can We Expect to See ONC’s Final Rule on Information Blocking Soon?


By , , and on Oct 30, 2019
Posted In Data Privacy, General Interest

A recent update to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) website suggests that the answer is “yes”—though that depends on how one defines “soon.” According to its website, OMB received the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology’s (ONC’s) final rule, entitled 21st Century Cures Act: Interoperability, Information Blocking, and the ONC...

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Bipartisan Budget Act of 2018 Includes Significant Changes in Medicare, Other Federal Health Programs


By and on Feb 12, 2018
Posted In General Interest, Mobile Apps, Telehealth

On February 9, 2018 after a brief shutdown, Congress passed and President Trump signed the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2018, a two-year budget agreement that includes funding for the operation of the federal government until March 23, 2018. The law includes significant health care policy changes impacting Medicare, Medicaid and other federal health agencies. In...

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End of Year Attention to Health IT and Digital Health Tools in 21st Century Cures


By , , , and on Dec 13, 2016
Posted In Consumer Protection, Data Privacy, Telehealth

On December 7, 2016, the US Congress approved the 21st Century Cures Act (Cures legislation), which is intended to accelerate the “discovery, development and delivery” of medical therapies by encouraging public and private biomedical research investment, facilitating innovation review and approval processes, and continuing to invest and modernize the delivery of health care. The massive...

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The New Normal: Big Data Comes of Age


By , , , and on May 13, 2014
Posted In Advertising & Marketing, Big Data, Cloud, Consumer Protection, Data Privacy, Data Transfers/Safe Harbor/Privacy Shield, General Interest, Mobile Apps

On May 1, 2014, the White House released two reports addressing the public policy implications of the proliferation of big data. Rather than trying to slow the accumulation of data or place barriers on its use in analytic endeavors, the reports assert that big data is the “new normal” and encourages the development of policy...

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