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Sara Helene Shanti is a partner in the Corporate Practice Group in the firm's Chicago office.

At HLTH 2023, we saw a focus on certain themes, including the shift in investments and M&A activity, hospital and health system innovation and transformation, the implementation of AI, and healthcare management. Below are our top 10 takeaways from what we heard, and did not hear, at HLTH 2023.Continue Reading Sheppard Mullin’s Top 10 Takeaways from HLTH 2023

This month, the Drug Enforcement Administration (“DEA”), in conjunction with the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (“SAMHSA”), issued a Second Temporary Rule further extending the telemedicine waivers of the Ryan Haight Act (“RHA”) promulgated during the COVID-19 Public Health Emergency (“PHE”) from November 11, 2023 until December 31, 2024. Under the Second Temporary Rule, practitioners may continue to prescribe schedule II-V controlled medications via telemedicine for new and existing patients without conducting a prior in-person medical evaluation through 2024. Continue Reading Tele-Prescribing Flexibilities Extended Again in Second Temporary Rule

The digital health market, as represented by the HLTH showroom floor, is packed with companies focused on care coordination and care management for various health and wellness specialties, diseases, and chronic conditions, as well as organizations focused on increasing consumer access to various types of healthcare. Despite the growth of data analytics and interoperability, the constellation of companies and points of access are decentralized and disconnected. While the abundance of choice and options enhancing accessibility for healthcare consumers are positive indicators of progress in this space, the lack of holistic care coordination across this fragmented landscape affects patient outcomes, causes patient confusion and decision fatigue, and leads to potential care and resource duplication and waste.Continue Reading At HLTH 2023: The Digital Health Symphony, A Care Coordination Orchestra with No Maestro

At the heart of our healthcare system lies two core, yet competing, philosophies: (1) clinical decisions must not be driven by profit, and (2) dollars drive behavior and, by harnessing this revenue, clinical outcomes can be vastly improved while the costs to the system of unnecessary care can be dramatically reduced. Here at HLTH, venture capital firm General Catalyst announced it is seeking to change that paradigm with the launch of its Health Assurance Transformation Corporation (HATCo), seeking to transform healthcare with global risk arrangements while leveraging data and technology. Continue Reading At HLTH 2023: General Catalyst’s HATCo Introduces a Radically Ambitious and Transformative Model for Healthcare

Texas is joining a growing number of states in passing comprehensive privacy legislation intended to safeguard consumer personal data.[1] Specifically, the Texas Data Privacy and Security Act (the “Act”) adds protections for consumers[2] and their personal data, which includes any information that is linked or reasonably linkable to an identified or identifiable individual.[3]Continue Reading Texas is Making Moves on a Comprehensive Consumer Privacy Law

This week, the Drug Enforcement Administration (“DEA”), in conjunction with the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (“SAMHSA”), issued a temporary rule extending the telemedicine waivers of the Ryan Haight Act (“RHA”) promulgated during the COVID-19 Public Health Emergency (“PHE”). This is notable as access to care, including mental health and substance abuse treatment, remains a crucial industry focus, especially as the transition to the post-PHE has begun.Continue Reading DEA and SAMHSA Extend Tele-Prescribing Flexibilities

Recently, we were invited to speak on a panel at the Executive War College on Diagnostics, Clinical Laboratory and Pathology Management. We spoke about the federal information blocking rules, and highlighted how some actors are still engaging in conduct that the rules were intended to discourage, in part due to the lack of enforcement rules.Continue Reading Laboratory and Pathology Information Blocking Concerns

On April 12, 2023, OCR issued a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (“NPRM”) to strengthen HIPAA’s protections around reproductive health care privacy. The NPRM responds to President Biden’s Executive Order 14076, which directed HHS to consider ways to strengthen privacy protections for reproductive health care services, following the Supreme Court’s rule in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization, overturning Roe v. Wade and ultimately resulting in renewed concern over patient privacy and reproductive healthcare.Continue Reading OCR Announces Proposed Rulemaking to Strengthen Reproductive Health Privacy

In February, when the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Office for Civil Rights (OCR) delivered two annual reports to Congress for the 2021 calendar year as mandated by the HITECH Act, several notable takeaways were exposed. By providing data on enforcement actions and insight into areas of noncompliance, the reports assist HIPAA entities to mitigate risk, prioritize compliance efforts, and promote industry accountability.Continue Reading HHS OCR Delivered Annual Reports to Congress

This blog is the third installment of our Digital Health Trends Series, see previous blog posts here and here.

On February 24, 2023, the Drug Enforcement Agency (“DEA”) announced a new proposed rule, which provides some much-anticipated guidance related to the implications of telemedicine prescribing under Ryan Haight Act of 2008 (“RHA”) after the COVID-19 Public Health Emergency (“PHE”) terminates on May 11, 2023. The proposed rule extends certain flexibilities beyond the PHE and proposes to make permanent certain scenarios, in which a practitioner may prescribe controlled substances without a prior in-person medical evaluation.Continue Reading DEA Proposes Rule for Post-PHE Telemedicine