Let’s Be Honest: Doing Group Processes Right

By Renette Anderson for EDRBlog.org. It seems intuitive: Vocal opposition to an issue? Bring the sides together in a problem-solving group. It’s the best way to resolve an issue. But is it? It depends. If you, as an organizational lead or consultant, have the time and are really willing to entertain multiple points of view […]

The ABCs of R-value

By the Green Team.  If you’re a homeowner, you probably already know that the R-value of your house has an enormous impact on your energy use.  For those of you like me, who let the landlord worry about such things, R-value is the resistance that walls, ceilings, floors, etc. have to thermal energy transmission. That […]

Medicaid Reimbursement Problems: Who Can Challenge Low Rates?

By Leslie Francis for BiolawToday.org. The Supreme Court decided Armstrong v. Exceptional Child Center on March 31, 2015, http://www.supremecourt.gov/opinions/14pdf/14-15_d1oe.pdf.  The decision has not garnered significant publicity (at least, I missed it), but portends a great deal. Armstrong involved a suit by Idaho providers of community-based services challenging the adequacy of reimbursement rates under § 30(A) of the Medicaid Act.  […]

Still Brokering Peace… Between People and Prairie Dogs

By Kevin Bunnel for EDRblog.com. It’s been over a year since my Prairie Dog EDR Blog highlighted the collaborative effort that helped develop the Federal Low-effect Habitat Conservation Plan for the Utah Prairie Dog in Residential and Commercial Development Areas of Iron County, Utah. Since then, the process took an unexpected turn but has still […]

Developments of Interest on the Health IT Front Part 3: the 21st Century Cures Act

By Leslie Francis for BiolawToday.org. First posted on HealthLawProfBlog. Part 3 of a three-part series. Read Part 1 | Read Part 2 The CURES bill, HR6, https://www.opencongress.org/bill/hr6-114/text, was introduced in the House of Representatives on May 19 and referred to the Committee on Energy and Commerce and the Ways and Means Committee.  The bill received unanimous support two […]

Developments of Interest on the Health IT Front Part 2: EHR Certification 2015 NPRM

By Leslie Francis for BiolawToday.org. First posted on HealthLawProfBlog. Part 2 of a three-part series. Read Part 1 | Read Part 3 HHS published the NPRM for the 2015 edition of certification for EHRs on March 30, 2015, https://www.federalregister.gov/articles/2015/03/30/2015-06612/2015-edition-health-information-technology-health-it-certification-criteria-2015-edition-base.  Comments are due May 29, 2015.  The goals of this rulemaking are supporting interoperability with new vocabulary and content standards for structured recording […]

Developments of Interest on the Health IT Front Part 1: Meaningful Use NPRM

By Leslie Francis for BiolawToday.org. First posted on HealthLawProfBlog. Part 1 of a three-part series. Read Part 2 | Read Part 3 The NPRM on Meaningful Use (MU) stage 3 is out and comments are due shortly (May 29), https://www.federalregister.gov/articles/2015/03/30/2015-06685/medicare-and-medicaid-programs-electronic-health-record-incentive-program-stage-3#h-14.  MU-3 is the final stage of the program and although it contains some very real progress it continues the […]

Bridging a Utah Cultural Divide: What’s Environmental Education Got to do With it?

by Paul Parker for EDRblog.org.  With over 100 groups, involved in environmental education (EE) in Utah, why don’t we talk to each other about issues and best practices? More than 50 environmental, government and educational leaders met to share their experiences and expertise in environmental education   This is exactly what HawkWatch International and the […]

Is There an Alternative to “Peacekeeping” Failures?

By Wayne McCormack for GlobalJusticeBlog.com. A recent article on the Foreign Policy blog[1] describes the knowledge of White House officials about the genocide unfolding in Rwanda in 1994 and their willful decision to pull UN peacekeeping forces out of the country. The article seems startling but all it really does is add details to what […]

Does HIPAA preempt state law claims related to privacy of individually identifiable health information?

By Cullen Archer for BiolawToday.org.   Introduction The Supremacy Clause provides that the Constitution, and Laws and Treaties made pursuant to it, “shall be the supreme Law of the Land.”[1] Accordingly, if there is a conflict between federal law and state law, the latter is preempted. The difficulty is determining whether state or local law should […]