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Patient Medical Records Stolen from New Jersey Storage Facility – Tribeca Medical Center is notifying patients that their protected health information may be compromised. According to a privacy notice posted on Tribeca...more

12/19/2014 - Affordable Care Act Healthcare Facilities HHS Mobile Apps Patient Confidentiality Breaches PHI Privacy Notice Rule Telemedicine

Anchorage Community Mental Health Services to Pay $125,000 in Newest HIPAA Settlement: Covered Entities and Business Associates...

Anchorage Community Mental Health Services, Inc. (“ACMHS”) will pay $125,000 to the United States Department of Health and Human Services, Office for Civil Rights (“OCR”) to settle alleged violations of the Health Insurance...more

12/11/2014 - Business Associates Covered Entities HIPAA OCR Patient Confidentiality Breaches PHI

CMS Issues Proposed Rule Addressing Changes to Medicare Shared Savings Program

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (“CMS”) issued a proposed rule (the “Proposed Rule”) on December 1, 2014 regarding certain changes to the Medicare Shared Savings Program (the “Program”). The Proposed Rule,...more

12/8/2014 - ACOs CMS Medicare Shared Savings Program Proposed Regulation

News from the Health Law Gurus™

News from the Health Law Gurus™ is a weekly summary of notable health law news from around the country with helpful links to related content. Check back every week for the latest health law news stories. HIPAA in the...more

11/14/2014 - Affordable Care Act Ebola Health Insurance Health Insurance Exchanges Healthcare.gov HIPAA OCR Open Enrollment PHI Subsidies

HIPAA in the Time of Ebola

Ebola has recently been the source of much concern, and health care providers and hospitals are taking steps to prepare themselves for the possibility of treating patients with Ebola. In addition to all of the medical...more

11/13/2014 - Data Protection Ebola EHR Healthcare HHS HIPAA OCR PHI

CMS Announces Launch of Open Payments Database: $3.5 Billion Paid to Physicians and Teaching Hospitals

The Open Payments database (the “Database”) is now live, and the first round of data is available to the public on the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (“CMS”) website. This first round of data reflects “nearly 4.4...more

10/3/2014 - CMS Healthcare Hospitals Medicaid Medicare Open Payments Physicians Teaching Hospitals

September 22, 2014 – HIPAA Compliance Deadline for Business Associate Agreements Is Just Around the Corner

All business associate agreements (“BAAs”) must be updated and compliant with current Health Insurance Accountability and Portability Act (“HIPAA”) regulations by September 22, 2014. Failure to meet this deadline could result...more

9/16/2014 - Audits Business Associates Deadlines HIPAA PHI

News from the Health Law Gurus™

News from the Health Law Gurus™ is a weekly summary of notable health law news from around the country with helpful links to related content. Check back every week for the latest health law news stories....more

9/8/2014 - CMS EHR Healthcare OIG PHI

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2019 Medicare Budget Reduced by $95 Billion – The New York Times is reporting that the projected Medicare budget for 2019 is $95 billion less than the projected budget for 2019 four years ago. According to the...more

9/2/2014 - Federal Budget Healthcare Healthcare Reform Medicare

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Chinese Hackers Infiltrate Health System Network Affecting 4.5 Million Individuals – Community Health Systems, Inc. (“CHS”) reported this week that the information of approximately 4.5 million individuals has been affected by...more

8/25/2014 - China Cybersecurity DOJ Electronic Medical Records False Claims Act Health Insurance Health Insurance Exchanges Healthcare HHS HIPAA OIG PHI Stark Law

Chinese Hackers Infiltrate Health System Network – Information of 4.5 Million Individuals Stolen

Community Health Systems, Inc. (“CHS”) reported yesterday that the information of approximately 4.5 million individuals has been affected by a Chinese cyber-attack. CHS and its affiliates own and operate 206 hospitals in 29...more

8/20/2014 - China Cyber Attacks Data Breach Hackers Healthcare Personally Identifiable Information Popular

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News from the Health Law Gurus™ is a weekly summary of notable health law news from around the country with helpful links to related content. Check back every week for the latest health law news stories....more

8/11/2014 - Affordable Care Act CMS Enrollment Health Insurance Healthcare ICD-10 Mental Health Initiatives

ICD-10 Compliance Deadline Is Now October 1, 2015

Health care providers, health plans, and health care clearinghouses (“Health Care Entities”) are required to comply with ICD-10 (which stands for the International Classification for Diseases, 10th Edition) on October 1,...more

8/6/2014 - Compliance Deadlines Healthcare Healthcare Reform HHS ICD-10

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Former Walmart Exec to Help Manage HHS — Leslie Dach, former Executive Vice President of Corporate Affairs for Walmart, will assume the role of Senior Counsel of the HHS, according to a press release on Wednesday. ...more

7/28/2014 - Data Protection Healthcare Healthcare Reform HHS

A Tale of Two Circuits: D.C. Circuit, Fourth Circuit Split on ACA Subsidies

It was the best of times for ACA subsidies, it was the worst of times for ACA subsidies. On Tuesday, the Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit (“D.C. Circuit”) and the Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit (“Fourth...more

7/23/2014 - Affordable Care Act Chevron Deference Health Insurance Health Insurance Exchanges Healthcare IRS Subsidies Tax Credits

News from the Health Law Gurus™: July 2014

Survey of ACA Navigators Finds 10.6 Million People Sought Enrollment Help — In a survey released this week, the Kaiser Family Foundation (“Kaiser”) estimates that approximately 10.6 million people received assistance...more

7/18/2014 - Affordable Care Act Bribery Burwell v Hobby Lobby Clinical Laboratories Closely Held Businesses Contraceptive Coverage Mandate DOJ Employer Liability Issues False Claims Act Halifax Hospital Health Insurance Health Insurance Exchanges Healthcare Kaiser Permanente Medicare Physicians Popular Propos Settlement Whistleblowers

Lab Arrangements under the Microscope: OIG Issues New Fraud Alert

Arrangements between laboratories and referring physicians/physician group practices (the “physicians”) have long been subject to scrutiny by the Department of Health and Human Services Office of Inspector General (“OIG”). On...more

7/7/2014 - Healthcare Healthcare Fraud HHS OIG

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Pa. Supreme Court Weighs in on Medical Record Charges — In Wayne M. Chiurazzi Law v. MRO, Chief Justice Ronald D. Castille, writing for the majority of the Pennsylvania Supreme Court, interpreted the Medical Records...more

6/30/2014 - Affordable Care Act Fees Healthcare HHS HIPAA Medical Records

$800,000 Medical Records Dumping Settlement: Expensive Reminder that HIPAA Applies to Paper Records, Too

A 2009 incident involving the dumping of 71 boxes of medical records will cost an Indiana-based health system, Parkview Health System, Inc. (“Parkview”), $800,000 for alleged violations of the Health Insurance Portability and...more

6/24/2014 - HHS HIPAA Hospitals Medical Records PHI Popular Settlement

News from the Health Law Gurus™

News from the Health Law Gurus™ is a weekly summary of notable health law news from around the country with helpful links to related content. Check back every Friday for the latest health law news stories. ...more

6/23/2014 - Affordable Care Act American Medical Association Healthcare HHS SEC Telemedicine Ways and Means Committee

News from the Health Law Gurus™

News from the Health Law Gurus™ is a weekly summary of notable health law news from around the country with helpful links to related content. Burwell Confirmed as HHS Secretary—Last week, the Senate approved of the...more

6/16/2014 - Affordable Care Act Anti-Kickback Statute DOJ Healthcare HHS ONC

News from the Health Law Gurus™: May 2014

News from the Health Law Gurus™ is a weekly summary of notable health law news from around the country with helpful links to related content. ...more

5/26/2014 - Administrative Appointments CEHRT CMS Criminal Prosecution DOJ EHR Healthcare Fraud HHS HMOs Meaningful Use Secretary of HHS

News from the Health Law Gurus™: Week of May 11th, 2014

News from the Health Law Gurus™ is a weekly summary of notable health law news from around the country with helpful links to related content. ...more

5/19/2014 - Affordable Care Act Enforcement Enforcement Actions Fraud Healthcare Healthcare Fraud HHS Medicaid Medicare OIG Proposed Regulation

News from the Health Law Gurus™ - May 2014

Massachusetts to Start from Scratch with Health Insurance Website — Massachusetts plans to abandon its health insurance exchange website in favor of starting over from scratch, according to a New York Times report....more

5/12/2014 - Affordable Care Act Department of Health Electronic Medical Records Health Insurance Exchanges Healthcare HHS HIPAA OIG Patient Confidentiality Breaches Physician Medicare Reimbursements Settlement

Server Breach Makes ePHI Accessible on Google, Costs Covered Entities $4.8 Million

It would be pretty unsettling if your patient status, vital signs, medications, and laboratory results were available for the world to see on Google, wouldn’t it? According to recent settlement agreements announced by the...more

5/9/2014 - Covered Entities Cybersecurity Data Breach Google HHS HIPAA Hospitals Non-Judicial Settlement Agreements OCR Patient Confidentiality Breaches Patient Privacy Rights

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