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Federal Civil Enforcement

EHR Enforcement: Providers in the Crosshairs?

In April, the ABA Health eSource published an article about recent federal enforcement actions against Electronic Health Records (EHR) vendors, highlighting recent high-profile False Claims Act (FCA) settlements involving software companies, including Greenway Health and eClinicalWorks. The investigations stem from alleged violations related to the so-called “meaningful use” EHR incentive program, in which the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) offers incentives to hospitals and physicians for the adoption and “meaningful use” of certified EHR technology.

Human Rights

Healthcare Crisis at the Border: Issues Faced by Hospitals Treating Immigrants, Migrants, and Refugees

As the issue of immigration at the southern border of the United States gains more attention, an often-overlooked aspect of the situation is the challenges faced by healthcare facilities who are tasked with treating the newly arrived immigrants. These facilities must navigate a myriad of overlapping regulations from obligations to treat, requirements to provide effective communication, restrictions on the release of information to law enforcement, certain diagnoses particularly affecting migrants and refugees, and issues regarding the transfer of undocumented individuals. Hospitals on the border need to be prepared to meet these challenges.