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2024

2024

By Robert D. Michaux Federal judicial caseload statistics from U.S. courts indicate a decline in the number of appeals concerning intellectual property filed in and pending before federal appellate courts over the last decade. Only a small fraction of rulings by federal appellate courts are formally published, with unpublished opinions having no legal weight as...
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Virginia’s single technology platform that connected emergency departments across the state has expanded to permit data sharing between all health care providers, insurers and other organizations that have a treatment, payment or operations relationship with a patient in the Commonwealth.The Smartchart Network Program, formerly known as the Emergency Department Care Coordination (EDCC) Program, became effective...
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Christian & Barton attorney Steven W. Lippman received an Emerson G. Spies Award from the Virginia Bar Association Young Lawyers Division (YLD) during the organization’s Annual Meeting Jan. 19. The award recognizes a YLD member who demonstrates outstanding enthusiasm, loyalty and dedication in performing work for the VBA the preceding year. Since 2022 Lippman has...
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The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) issued the Health Data, Technology and Operability: Certification Program Updates, Algorithm Transparency, and Information Sharing (HTI-1) final rule Dec. 13. HTI-1 will impact health care providers, developers of certified health IT, health information networks, and health information exchanges,...
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In 2016, Congress passed the 21st Century Cures Act (Cures Act), a federal law that aims to innovate and advance patient care and increase the electronic exchange of patient medical records. To advance these goals, the Act specifically prohibits information blocking signaling that sharing electronic health information should be an expected standard in health care....
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