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7/23/19

Maverick’s Update: What Matters to You About Health Policy

  1. Doctors are prescribing digital health tools. Check out XHealth, RxHealthand Kaiser Permanente’s Project Chamai.

  2. We may have a new U.S. Chief of Technology Officer soon -- Michael Kratsios may fill the long-empty position after this week’s Senate Commerce confirmation hearing. Hear the first U.S. CTO, Aneesh Chopra, talk about the position on former Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist’s new podcast “A Second Opinion.

  3. ”Expected soon: a new rule that will keep substance abuse records with the rest of a patient’s medical history so treating physicians do not unwittingly prescribe opioids to addicted patients. The Senate failed to pass a House bill to do the same.


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How will we keep consumer health care data private while taking advantage of all the new apps and modern tools that can the data gets to where it needs to go? The answer would be easier if health care professionals, health insurers, and the patients themselves were the only ones handling personal health information. But they’re not, and some powerful voices are speaking up. So there are proposals on Capitol Hill being considered by the Senate Judiciary, Senate and House Commerce, and HELP Committees, and an ask from the FTC for more resources to address privacy issues. Also, the CARIN Allianceintroduced a code of conduct for health care apps that aren’t covered by HIPAA privacy rules.  

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