Month: February 2016

Congratulations to the HHIED Winners!

The Hilton Head Island Economic Development Corporation’s first annual Bring Your Business Idea to Life pitch contest was held February 23. The six finalists – narrowed down from almost 90 submissions – had the opportunity to pitch their business to a panel of judges and an enthusiastic audience.  Congratulations to all the finalists: 1st Place – Tip Toes Custom Shoes will develop custom shoes for people who have trouble wearing standard shoes. 2nd Place – Honey Horn Meadworks is developing a honey meadery on Hilton Head Island. 3rd Place – elev8bikes has designed and patented a special bike that makes it easier for people to mount and dismount. Audience Choice Winner – Blatchley Power, Inc. has developed and patented a revolutionary new method for generating hydroelectricity. PaceMate provides remote cardiac device monitoring and consultation to improve patient care. Hello Pages is a directory app for businesses, using video entries. Jolley Law Group was proud to be a part of this contest.  We were impressed by all six finalists and look forward to seeing their businesses come to...

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Proposed Changes to 42 CFR Part 2

Could the rules governing the privacy of substance abuse records be loosening up? Earlier this month, the US Department of Health and Human Services’ Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration issued a proposed rule to amend the Confidentiality of Alcohol and Drug Abuse Patient Records regulations, more commonly known by the citation 42 CFR Part 2. Promulgated in 1975, long before HIPAA and electronic medical records, and last updated in 1987, 42 CFR Part 2 is arguably ripe for an update. HHS explained that its goals in updating the regulations are to facilitate the exchange of substance use information, particularly within new integrated health care delivery systems, while protecting the privacy of patients seeking treatment for substance abuse. 42 CFR Part 2 governs the confidentiality of patients’ substance abuse treatment records. Currently, the general rule is that a federally assisted substance abuse program may only release identifiable information related to substance abuse diagnosis or treatment with the patient’s express consent. The privacy protections in 42 CFR Part 2 are more stringent than those found in HIPAA. For instance, HIPAA allows patient records to be exchanged among covered entities and business associates, without patient consent, for treatment, payment and other healthcare operations. But if the patient records contain information related to alcohol or drug use, 42 CFR Part 2 requires that the patient specifically consent to those exchanges. This...

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Article of the Week: Oscar Health

I had no idea there was such a thing as “hipster health insurance,” but apparently that’s what Oscar is. Oscar Health is a new health insurance company with many of the hallmarks of a tech startup and the potential to disrupt the health insurance industry. It’s currently only operating in New York, New Jersey, California and Texas, but it has plans to expand. I, for one, would love to see Oscar on the District’s health insurance marketplace, where I buy my insurance every year. Becker’s Hospital Review featured an interview this week with Oscar’s CEO, Mario Schlosser. For more background, you can read Wired’s article from last spring. Becker’s Hospital Review: “The man behind Oscar: 6 questions with the CEO of a ‘hipster’ health insurer” Wired: “This $1.5B Startup Is Making Health Insurance Suck...

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Article of the Week: A Lighter Take on Non-Profit Work

Today, in honor of the amusingly unscientific Groundhog Day, we’re highlighting an equally amusing – but more accurate – blog about non-profits. Featuring such original gems as “If You Give a Board Treasurer a Cookie” and “The Very Tired Development Director,” these mock children’s stories are surprisingly on point. If you work for a non-profit – where every day may feel like Groundhog Day – we think you’ll enjoy this. Read all the stories...

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