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CMS Physician Fee Schedule Expands Telehealth, HHS Proposes New Rule To Expand Patients' Access To Their PHI, And More Federal Updates

The National Cybersecurity Center of Excellence ("NCCoE"), part of the National Institute of Standards and Technology ("NIST") recently published guidance entitled "Securing Telehealth Remote Patient Monitoring Ecosystems." NCCoE recognized that since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, telehealth and remote patient monitoring has grown exponentially while adequate privacy and cybersecurity measures have not kept up. The NCCoE, in collaboration with commercial industry partners, built a laboratory environment and tested and demonstrated how healthcare providers privacy and cybersecurity controls enhance telehealth and remote patient monitoring. To that end, as part of its guidance, NCCoE offers its best practices to implement cybersecurity and privacy controls and policies for remote patient monitoring and telehealth.