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FCC Releases Guidance on Scope of Eligible Equipment and Services Under COVID-19 Telehealth Program


Posted on April 10, 2020 in Health Information Technology

Published by: Hall Render

In a Public Notice released April 8, 2020, the FCC provided clarification as to the scope of equipment and services it would consider eligible for funding under the COVID-19 Telehealth Program, as well as the anticipated application process. Types of eligible equipment and services include, but are not limited to the following: Telecommunications services... READ MORE

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FCC Announces Details of $200 Million COVID-19 Telehealth Program


Posted on April 3, 2020 in Health Information Technology

Published by: Hall Render

On April 2, 2020, the FCC released its Report and Order, establishing the rules for participation in its recently announced COVID-19 Telehealth Program (the “Program”). Through the Program, the FCC will provide eligible health care providers with 100 percent of the costs of the telecommunications, information services and connected devices (i.e. remote monitoring devices,... READ MORE

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FCC Issues Guidance on the Scope of the TCPA’s “Emergency Purposes” Exception


Posted on March 31, 2020 in Health Information Technology

Published by: Hall Render

The Telephone Consumer Protection Act (“TCPA”) generally prohibits the use of automated text messages or prerecorded calls to a cellular number without the prior consent of the receiving party. The TCPA expressly excepts from the foregoing prohibition any calls or messages sent for “emergency purposes.” See 47 C.F.R. § 64.1200(f)(4). In a Declaratory Ruling... READ MORE

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Today in Washington – March 30, 2020: COVID-19 Updates


Posted on March 30, 2020 in COVID-19 Daily Updates

Published by: Hall Render

Monday, March 30 Recap Note – ​We believe this is the most up-to-date information available at this time, but it is subject to change ​as circumstances warrant. Also, all finalized resources can be found ​on the COVID-19 ​Resource ​Center page ​of Hall Render’s website.​ CMS Updates Waivers & Flexibilities Late this afternoon, CMS updated the waivers... READ MORE

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FCC Proceeds with $100 Million Telehealth Initiative, Seeks Comments on Proposed Program Rules


Posted on August 6, 2019 in Health Information Technology

Published by: Hall Render

On July 10, 2019, the Federal Communications Commission (“FCC”) voted unanimously to move forward with its new $100 million telehealth initiative, which seeks to bring telehealth services to low-income Americans, veterans and medically underserved communities. In its Notice of Proposed Rulemaking, the FCC detailed its proposed telehealth initiative rules and anticipated program requirements. As currently... READ MORE

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Seventh Circuit: E-Rate Suit Survives Public Disclosure Bar


Posted on July 29, 2014 in False Claims Act Defense

Written by: Drew B. Howk

The Seventh Circuit reversed a district court’s decision finding that it lacked jurisdiction over a whistleblower’s claim under the False Claim Act’s public disclosure bar. In U.S. ex rel. Heath v. Wisconsin Bell, Inc., the Court held that even though the Complaint relied in part upon publicly available information, the Relator’s allegations rested upon... READ MORE

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Issue of Eligible “Urban Health Clinic” Under Healthcare Connect Fund Appealed to the FCC


Posted on December 2, 2013 in Health Information Technology

Written by: Michael T. Batt

The Oregon Health Network (“OHN”) has appealed to the FCC an adverse ruling by USAC regarding whether health care provider service locations that are urban, but are not licensed bed hospitals (or other eligible entities), will qualify for funding under the Healthcare Connect Fund (“HCF”). The determination of this issue will clarify whether the scope... READ MORE

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Court Hears Arguments in Net Neutrality Case


Posted on September 10, 2013 in Health Information Technology

Written by: William A. Dummett

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit is set to hear oral arguments this week in Verizon v. FCC. At issue is “net neutrality” and to what extent the FCC is allowed to regulate Internet traffic. The case is the latest stage in a long-running legal battle over the idea that Internet... READ MORE


New FTC Guidance Addresses Social Media Advertising; Could FDA Be Next?


Posted on March 28, 2013 in Health Information Technology

Written by: Mark R. Dahlby

On March 12, the Federal Trade Commission (“FTC”) published new guidance detailing how advertising disclosures should be made online.  Disclosures are necessary to qualify or limit advertising claims that would otherwise be deceptive, unfair or give misleading impressions. READ MORE

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The FCC’s Rural Health Care Program Funding Year 2013 Application Window Opens April 8


Posted on March 18, 2013 in Health Information Technology

Written by: William A. Dummett

Governmental and nonprofit health care providers may begin applying for funding under the Federal Communications Commission Rural Health Care Program on Monday, April 8 for funding year 2013 (July 1, 2013 – June 30, 2014). The Rural Health Care program provides funding to governmental and nonprofit eligible health care providers for telecommunications services, including broadband, necessary... READ MORE

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