DEA Announces Updates to Renewal Process

Beginning January 2017, the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) will no longer send its second renewal notification by mail. In place of a postal mail notice, an electronic renewal reminder will be sent to the email address associated with the DEA registration. The first renewal notice will continue to be sent by postal mail 65 days prior to the expiration date to the mailing address associated with the DEA registration.   DEA will retain its current policy and procedures with respect to [...]

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The “Internet of Things” Benefits and Challenges Health Care

The Internet of Things (IoT) is a term used to reference the ability of various everyday objects to connect to the internet through the transfer of data.[1]  It includes products or systems connected to technologies or networks which allow the transmission and receipt of data without human interaction.  These systems are transforming industry, government, transportation, and our homes.  Practical examples include cell-phones, cars, home appliances, popular health-related consumer [...]

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Health Care Cybersecurity Data

Modern Healthcare has published a special report, "Building a Better Cybersecurity Defense," which focuses on health care. Health care hacks continue to rise each year according to the Health and Human Services Office for Civil Rights. The report notes that many providers feel ill-informed about the use of advance technologies, and they do not have a complete and accurate record of all of their medical and non-medical web connected devices. The full report can be found at this link.  

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Update to CMS Regulations Prohibiting Nursing Homes From Using Pre-Dispute Arbitration Agreements

Update to the November 8 posting below: On December 9, 2016, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) issued a memo announcing that it is suspending enforcement of the new ban on the use of binding pre-dispute arbitration agreements by long-term care facilities unless and until the court-ordered injunction mentioned below is lifted.  Accordingly, CMS directed that its surveyors not survey facilities for compliance with the ban until further notified. November 8, 2016  [...]

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Cyber Vulnerabilities in Medical Devices -- FDA Issues Guidance

A growing number of medical devices are connected via networks to facilitate patient care.  Similar to other computer systems, these networks use software that may be vulnerable to cybersecurity threats and may represent a risk to health. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has issued its final guidance for cyber vulnerabilities in medical devices. The FDA guidance emphasizes that manufacturers should monitor, identify, and address cybersecurity vulnerabilities and exploits as [...]

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