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Higher Education Highlights - Summer 2017

Professor Deprived of Due Process Through Salary Reduction - Due process with respect to an employee’s property interest in employment is a vitally important consideration at public institutions, and, as a recent case...more

After Escobar, Lower Courts Build On The “Materiality” Analysis for False Claims Act Lawsuits

It’s been just over a year since the Supreme Court’s seminal False Claims Act (“FCA”) decision Universal Health Servs., Inc. v. United States ex rel. Escobar. In the wake of Escobar, the lower courts are confronted with...more

HHS Report Urges Health Care Industry to Address Cybersecurity Risks

In early June 2017, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Health Care Industry Cybersecurity (HCIC) Task Force released a “Report on Improving Cybersecurity in the Health Care Industry” (the Report). The...more

Impermissible Disclosure of HIV Information Results in $387,000 HIPAA Settlement

St. Luke’s-Roosevelt Hospital Center, Inc. (SLRHC), a member of the New York-based Mount Sinai Health System, paid $387,000 to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and entered into a corrective action plan...more

Inappropriate Disclosure of a Single Patient Name Results in $2.4 Million HIPAA Settlement

Texas’ Memorial Hermann Health System (MHHS) paid $2.4 million to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and entered into a corrective action plan (CAP) to resolve allegations related to the impermissible...more

5/16/2017  /  Corrective Actions , HHS , HIPAA , OCR , PHI

First HIPAA Settlement Involving a Wireless Health Services Provider

?On April 24, 2017, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Office for Civil Rights (OCR) announced that CardioNet, Inc. (CNI) agreed to pay $2.5 million and enter into a Corrective Action Plan (CAP) to settle...more

Failure to Implement Business Associate Agreement Results in $31,000 Settlement For Health Care Provider

On April 20, 2017, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Office for Civil Rights (OCR) announced that Children’s Digestive Health (CDH) agreed to pay HHS $31,000 for its failure to have a business associate...more

Phishing Incident Leads to $400,000 HIPAA Settlement

?On April 12, 2017, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Office for Civil Rights (OCR) announced that Metro Community Provider Network (MCPN) agreed to pay HHS $400,000 to settle alleged HIPAA Security Rule...more

4/18/2017  /  Data Security , FQHC , HHS , HIPAA , OCR , PHI , Popular

$5.5 Million HIPAA Settlement Matches Largest Payment To-Date

On February 16, 2017, the U.S. Department for Health and Human Services (“HHS”), Office for Civil Rights (“OCR”) announced that Memorial Healthcare Systems of Florida (“MHS”) agreed to pay $5.5 million and enter into a...more

Hospital pays $3.2M Resulting from HIPAA Security Rule Noncompliance

In one of the last health care related acts of President Obama’s administration, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office for Civil Rights (OCR), imposed a multimillion-dollar HIPAA civil money penalty (CMP)...more

OIG Revises and Adds Anti-Kickback Statute Safe Harbors and Civil Monetary Penalty Rules

In what may be one of the final federal health care revisions implemented during the Obama Administration, on December 7, 2016 the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (“HHS”), Office of Inspector General (“OIG”),...more

HIPAA Settlement Emphasizes Importance of Accurate Hybrid Entity Designations

On November 22, 2016, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), Office for Civil Rights (OCR), announced that University of Massachusetts Amherst (UMA) agreed to settle allegations relating to the HIPAA Privacy...more

OIG Issues 2017 Work Plan

On November 10, 2016, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Inspector General (“OIG”) posted its work plan (the “Work Plan”) for fiscal year 2017. The OIG publishes its Work Plan on an annual basis. The...more

11/22/2016  /  CMS , EHR , HHS , Medicaid , Medicare , OIG , Work Plans

Health Care System’s HIPAA Security Risk Results in $2.14 Million Fine

On October 18, 2016, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), Office for Civil Rights (OCR), announced that St. Joseph Health (SJH) agreed to settle allegations relating to the HIPAA Privacy and Security Rules,...more

OCR Issues Guidance on HIPAA and Cloud Computing

On October 7, 2016, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (“HHS”), Office for Civil Rights (“OCR”), released a guidance document (the “Guidance”) on the HIPAA-compliant use of cloud computing technologies. The...more

Outdated Business Associate Agreement Leads to Another Six-Figure HIPAA Settlement

On September 23, 2016, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Office for Civil Rights (OCR) announced that Care New England Health System (CNEHS) agreed to pay $400,000 and enter into a corrective action plan...more

OCR to Investigate More HIPAA Breaches Affecting Fewer Than 500 Individuals

On August 18, 2016, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (“HHS”), Office for Civil Rights (“OCR”) announced plans to expand its investigations of reported breaches of the Health Insurance Portability and...more

FTC Finds Laboratory Security Practices Caused Consumer Harm

On July 28, 2016, a panel (the “FTC Panel”) of three acting Federal Trade Commission (“FTC”) commissioners issued an opinion that found that LabMD, Inc. (“LabMD”) failed to implement reasonable security measures to protect...more

Largest HIPAA Settlement Announced Against A Single Entity: $5.55 Million

On August, 4, 2016, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office for Civil Rights (OCR) announced that Advocate Health Care Network (Advocate) agreed to pay a settlement amount of $5.55 million and adopt a...more

Two Multi-Million Dollar HIPAA Settlements Emphasize Importance of a Comprehensive Security Program

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office for Civil Rights (“OCR”) announced two settlements of more than $2 million each with respect to alleged violations of the Health Insurance Portability and...more

Could There Be A “Stark” Law Change?

There appears to be momentum on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC to modify and/or repeal the Ethics in Patient Referrals Act of 1989, more commonly known as the Stark Law, which was enacted to curb overutilization of certain...more

OCR Releases Guidance on Ransomware & HIPAA

On July 11, 2016, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office for Civil Rights (“OCR”) issued guidance (the “Guidance”) for health care entities relating to ransomware and the Health Insurance Portability and...more

7/14/2016  /  HHS , HIPAA , Malware , OCR , PHI , Ransomware

Business Associate Enters Into Mid Six-Figure HIPAA Settlement

On June 30, 2016, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office for Civil Rights (“OCR”) announced that a business associate providing management services to nursing homes in the Philadelphia, Pa. region agreed to...more

7/6/2016  /  Business Associates , HHS , HIPAA , OCR , PHI

Higher Education Highlights - Summer 2016

On March 21, 2016, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office for Civil Rights (“OCR”), announced the launch of the 2016 Phase 2 Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (“HIPAA”) Audit...more

Two Additional HIPAA Settlements Demonstrate Breadth of HIPAA Enforcement Activity

During the week of April 18, 2016, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office for Civil Rights (OCR) announced two significant settlements with a large New York City hospital and a North Carolina orthopaedic...more

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