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Paige Jennings

Paige Jennings is an associate in Covington’s Washington office. She works with the firm’s Federal–State Programs, Health Care, Antitrust, and Litigation practice groups. Ms. Jennings joined the firm after a number of years working on health policy matters in the government and private sectors. Prior to earning her law degree and Master of Public Affairs, she worked in the U.S. Senate for over four years, advising Senators John Breaux and Tom Carper on health and social policy matters. Ms. Jennings later handled federal health policy issues at WellPoint, Inc. During law school, she worked with the U.S. Office of Management and Budget during consideration of the Affordable Care Act, and with the Federal Trade Commission for then-Chairman Jon Leibowitz.

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HHS Report Details Breaches of PHI, Makes Recommendations

In its Annual Report to Congress on Breaches of Unsecured Protective Health Information, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Office for Civil Rights (OCR) reports on both large and small breaches of protected health information (PHI), as well as breach-related settlement agreements and audits.  The Office also recommends steps that covered entities should … Continue Reading

HHS Report Highlights HIPAA Privacy, Security, and Breach Notification Compliance Trends

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office for Civil Rights (OCR) recently released two annual reports regarding compliance with the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) and provisions enacted by the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health (HITECH) Act.  The reports indicate that HIPAA-related complaints continue to grow annually; however, … Continue Reading

Limits in Model Telemedicine Policy Spur Debate

In late April 2014, the Federation of State Medical Boards (FSMB), a non-profit organization representing state medical licensing boards, approved a model telemedicine policy for possible adoption by state medical boards.  The Model Policy for the Appropriate Use of Telemedicine Technologies in the Practice of Medicine sets forth guidelines for physicians using telemedicine technologies in … Continue Reading

HHS Plans to Require ICD-10 Implementation by October 1, 2015

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services recently announced an expected ICD-10 implementation deadline of October 1, 2015.  HHS plans to release an interim final rule “in the near future” that will set the deadline and require HIPAA-covered entities to continuing using ICD-9-CM through September 30, 2015. As we discussed in a recent post, Congress … Continue Reading

FDA Releases FDASIA Health IT Report With Recommendations for a Risk-Based Regulatory Framework

On April 3, 2014, the Food and Drug Administration (“FDA”) proposed a risk-based approach to determining the level of oversight that should apply to health information technology (“HIT”).  The FDASIA Health IT Report: Proposed Strategy and Recommendations for a Risk-Based Framework divides HIT into three functional categories that pose varying levels of safety risks and … Continue Reading

ICD-10 Implementation Deadline Delayed Until At Least October 2015

Congress has delayed by at least one year the requirement that certain HIPAA-covered entities implement ICD-10, the code sets for coding diagnoses and inpatient hospital procedures.  The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA) required the Secretary of Health and Human Services to adopt transaction standards and data elements for electronic health information … Continue Reading

Legal and Practical Challenges Surround Telehealth Implementation

Health care providers and other entities face a host of legal and practical challenges as they implement telehealth and telemedicine initiatives. For example, providers of telehealth services, and the entities creating or hosting telehealth platforms, must determine which federal and state privacy and security laws apply to them.  These laws, such as the federal Health … Continue Reading

Medicare Coverage of Telehealth Services: Current Law and Changes for 2014

Medicare Part B pays for certain health services furnished to rural beneficiaries via an “interactive telecommunications system”—a system that provides for real-time audio and video communication.  Among the covered services are office visits, certain behavioral health services, diabetes self-management training, and medical nutrition therapy.  The practitioner furnishing the service remotely (the “distant site”  provider) may … Continue Reading