healthcare regulatory compliance

Not Ready for Primetime

By Matt Fisher – Generative AI and large language models continue to garner a lot of press, attention, and investment in healthcare. The promise is that such tools will free up a lot of time by offloading some tasks or potentially filling roles that remain empty at this point in time.

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Will Penalties Drive Compliance?

By Matt Fisher – At the end of June 2023, the HHS Office for the Inspector General announced the finalization of the first civil monetary penalties for failing to comply with information blocking requirements. Will the possibility of enforcement make a difference though?

Privacy Patchwork Challenges

By Matt Fisher – The scope of actual and proposed privacy regulators, laws, requirements, processes, and more keep expanding. The expansion is occurring at both the federal and state level resulting in an ever-increasing patchwork of requirements for organizations to be aware of and comply with.

Long Trail for Extra Tissue Samples

By Matt Fisher – In healthcare, many layers always exist around seemingly each and every issue. The ongoing utilization of extra blood from newborn heel stick samples provides the latest example. The concerns raised go to privacy and informed consent as the primary issues.

Equity in Virtual Care

By Matt Fisher – The integration of virtual care into the delivery of healthcare is opening new doors for access and patient interactions. While that statement is true, it may not be universally true. Some patient populations, especially populations with disabilities or limited English proficiency, may not be able to experience the same benefits.

What is Privacy?

By Matt Fisher – Privacy is an important topic of discussion, consideration, deliberation, or any other word that can be used to say it is front and center. The focus on privacy has been growing as technology expands and creates more data. Privacy is so important though because there needs to be an understanding of what should happen with data.

A New Era for Access

By Matt Fisher – The information blocking regulations that are designed to promote individual access to records finally went into effect on Monday, April 5, 2021. The regulations were long delayed both in initial drafting and then implementation after finalization.