Docs, lawyers con­vene to dis­cuss data breaches and telemedicine

Modern Healthcare - - THE WEEK AHEAD - —Lisa Schencker

A sec­ond med­i­cal con­fer­ence in Chicago this week will fea­ture physi­cians and at­tor­neys ex­plor­ing the legal is­sues sur­round­ing health­care data pri­vacy breaches and telemedicine.

The Amer­i­can Bar As­so­ci­a­tion Health Law Sec­tion, the Chicago Med­i­cal So­ci­ety and the Amer­i­can As­so­ci­a­tion for Physi­cian Lead­er­ship are cospon­sor­ing the Physi­cians Legal Is­sues Con­fer­ence, to be held June 10-12. Dr. Bill Crouse, se­nior direc­tor of world­wide health for Mi­crosoft, will de­liver a key­note ad­dress on how tech­nol­ogy will af­fect con­sumer health and health­care.

Dr. Hu­mayun Chaudhry, CEO of the Fed­er­a­tion of State Med­i­cal Boards, will talk about the re­cent in­crease in state and fed­eral telemedicine in­vesti- gations. He will re­view best prac­tices for avoid­ing in­ves­ti­ga­tions, while high­light­ing suc­cess­ful re­im­burse­ment and fund­ing mod­els.

Pan­elists from the U.S. Jus­tice Depart­ment and HHS’ Of­fice of In­spec­tor Gen­eral will dis­cuss prob­lems in ven­dor re­la­tion­ships.

An­other sched­uled key­note speaker, Nav­i­gant Health­care Man­ag­ing Direc­tor Paul Keck­ley, will dis­cuss the state of health­care re­form and its im­pact.

Matthew Penn, direc­tor of the Cen­ters for Dis­ease Con­trol and Pre­ven­tion’s Public Health Law pro­gram, will talk about legal is­sues re­lated to pro­vid­ing care dur­ing dis­as­ters and pandemics.

The three-day con­fer­ence fol­lows a string of high-pro­file data breaches, in­clud­ing 80 mil­lion pa­tient records at An­them and 11 mil­lion Pre­mera Blue Cross cus­tomer records, as well as grow­ing physi­cian con­cerns about telemedicine.

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