EPA Issues Action Plan for Emerging Contaminants

On February 14, 2019, the US Environmental Protection Agency unveiled a nationwide PFAS action plan to address growing concern over per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances. These substances and others referred to…

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NYS Health Information Exchange Happenings in 2019

Health Information Exchanges (HIEs) are being challenged by New York State and federal funders to transition to performance-based funding models instead of historical reimbursement-based models. The impact of this trend…

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New York Enacts New Laws to Assist Individuals With Developmental Disabilities

The 2017-2018 NYS legislative session resulted in the enactment of several new laws aimed at individuals with developmental disabilities. One measure was designed to improve early screening to diagnose autism-spectrum…

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OCR Issues Further Guidance on Electronic Media and Devices

The US Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of Civil Rights published its August 2018 cybersecurity newsletter focusing on security considerations in the receipt, removal, and movement of electronic…

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HHS Reveals Top HIPAA Enforcement Areas

The Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of Civil Rights recently published its cumulative enforcement results since the enactment of the HIPAA Privacy Rule in 2003. As of July…

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Sanitize Your Media or Face a Breach: OCR Cybersecurity Guidance Signals Importance of Proper Device and Media Disposal

Health care providers are data collectors. But what about when it comes to data disposal? The federal government recently identified risks in disposing of electronic devices and media in a…

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OPWDD Issues Proposed Telehealth Regulations

On July 25, 2018, the Office for People With Developmental Disabilities released proposed regulations that expand the use of telehealth services for individuals with developmental disabilities. Under the regulations, licensed…

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New NYS Drug Take Back Act Signed Into Law

On July 10, 2018, the Drug Take Back Act was signed into law in New York State. This act requires pharmaceutical manufacturers to finance and manage the safe collection and…

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NY Court Confirms Occupational Health Providers Need Not Disclose Results to Examinees

Physicians who perform medical examinations for employers often question the extent to which they must inform the employee of the findings of their examinations. Recently, a New York appellate court…

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NYS Warns Insurers About Discrimination Against Individuals Taking HIV PrEP

The NYS Department of Financial Services recently issued a letter warning insurers against discrimination when underwriting for New Yorkers using HIV prevention medication, specifically, pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP). The warning was…

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