In light of national and local focus on electronic health record-related and medical privacy issues, BBA Health Law Section Members and readers of the Health Law Reporter have increasingly expressed interest in articles relevant to the world of eHealth and electronic medical information. Through their contributions to this issue, a number of our authors address these topics head on. In particular, this issue features articles discussing the Massachusetts Health Information Exchange, recent privacy-related enforcement actions, and a policymaker profile of the Director of Massachusetts’ eHealth Institute.
Not to be overshadowed, this issue also includes insightful articles addressing the significant growth of the Medical-Legal Partnership model (which involves collaboration between health care and legal aid providers) and a recent CMS demonstration project addressing individuals dually eligible for Medicare and Medicaid coverage. These articles, combined with four case briefs addressing recent decisions, further our efforts to keep our readers up-to-date as to current trends and issues in our industry.
We thank each of our authors for their significant efforts and contributions!
By: John D. Halamka MD, CIO Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center; Manu Tandon, CIO EOHHS; Micky Tripathi, CEO, Massachusetts eHealth Collaborative; and Laurance Stuntz, CEO, Massachusetts eHealth Institute.
By: Cassandra H. Arriaza and Sarah W. Walsh (LibbyHoopes, P.C.)
By: Samantha Morton, Executive Director, Medical-Legal Partnership | Boston
By: Margaretta Homsey Kroeger, Esq.
By: David Sontag, Associate General Counsel, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center
By: Andrew Rusczek (Verrill Dana)
Commonwealth vs. Dung van Tran (463 Mass 8) (discussing the application of the psychotherapist-patient privilege, and the standards for waiver of that privilege, in the context of a Murder trial)
By: Margaret Schmid (Donoghue, Barret & Singal)
By: Devin Cohen (McDermott Will & Emery)
By: Sophie Wang (Choate, Hall & Stewart)