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March 10, 2020

Federal Health Information Technology Rules Issued; AHA Expresses Privacy Concerns

This week, the federal Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) issued two final rules regulating health information technology. The rules enable patients to download their electronic health records (EHRs) onto their smartphones using third-party apps, raising concerns about the privacy of that data, and require hospitals send electronic notifications to health care facilities or community providers when a patient is admitted, discharged, or transferred.

March 03, 2020

Voters Continue to Focus on Health Care Access, Cost

A recent poll by the Commonwealth Fund and NBC News finds that health care continues to be a top issue for Americans heading into the 2020 election. According to new survey results, three in ten likely voters are very or moderately worried about being able to afford their health insurance and out-of-pocket costs for prescription drugs during the next year, and nearly 80 percent believe that reducing health care costs should be a high priority for the next President.

March 02, 2020

Supreme Court to Review ACA Challenge During Fall Term

In an unusual move, today the Supreme Court stated that it will hear the case attempting to overturn the Affordable Care Act (ACA) during its next term, which starts during October, one month before voters who are increasingly concerned about health care will cast their ballots in the 2020 Presidential election.

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