Several lawyers from our healthcare industry team recently attended HLTH in Las Vegas. HLTH provided a showcase for innovative ideas, platforms, and programs embracing the concept of “patient-centered care.”
This year’s event offered particular focus on innovations addressing the social determinants of care, elements of daily life that create barriers to receiving health services. As one executive of a large hospital system mentioned, they were reframing the institution’s vision around “health” and not “healthcare.” From programs in states partnering with ride-share apps to ensure Medicaid beneficiaries made their appointments, to highly integrated medical record and patient communication platforms designed to meet patients in their own space, there were numerous examples of business opportunities and legal challenges.
As HLTH helped to highlight the pace of innovation in the health industry, the recent rules proposed by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) and Office of Inspector General (OIG) are to be viewed with great interest. Moreover, as digital tech companies begin to interface with covered entity healthcare providers, HIPAA and other privacy and cybersecurity laws, like the California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA), must be kept in sharper focus.
Interested in reading more about the CMS and OIG regulations? We have published several articles you can view:
- OIG and CMS Coordinate Seismic Change to Fraud and Abuse Laws—What It Means for the Health Industry, Health Law Scan
- INSIGHT: Proposed Stark Exceptions and Anti-Kickback Safe Harbors—Similar, But Different By Design, Bloomberg Law
- INSIGHT: OIG Proposed AKS Safe Harbors for Patient Incentives—Getting Patients Involved, Bloomberg Law
There have been several recent updates to the CCPA, and our team is keeping up to date on them. Recently, partner Reece Hirsch highlighted several pitfalls of the CCPA exemptions specific to healthcare companies and our team provided an overview of the California attorney general’s proposed regulations.