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Final Rule Issued: Stark Law Modifications Designed to Ease the Burden of Compliance

On October 30, 2015, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid (“CMS”) issued a final regulation that includes modifications to the Stark Law (the “Final Rule”). Among other things, the Final Rule adds two new exceptions to the...more

11/19/2015 - Chief Compliance Officers CMS Final Rules Health Care Providers Stark Law

Medical Devices a Target for Online Hackers

In the past few years, medical devices have become a major target for online criminals. Not only are medical devices considered to be one of the easiest and most vulnerable points of entry into a health care enterprise, they...more

11/17/2015 - FDA Hackers Health Care Providers Medical Devices Patient Confidentiality Breaches Popular

OCR Audits to Begin in 2016

Beginning in 2016, the United States Department of Health and Human Services’ Office for Civil Rights (OCR) will conduct another round of audits to gauge compliance with privacy provisions in the Health Insurance Portability...more

11/2/2015 - Audits Covered Entities Health Insurance HHS HIPAA OCR

Controversial Cybersecurity Information Sharing Act Passes in Senate

This week, the Senate passed a cybersecurity bill, called the Cybersecurity Information Sharing Act of 2015 (the “CISA”), by a vote of 74 to 21. With the Senate’s vote, the bill is one step closer to becoming law....more

10/30/2015 - CISA Cybersecurity Pending Legislation Privacy Concerns

Effective November 1, 2015: New Jersey Expands Scope of Prescription Monitoring Program

In July, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie signed legislation that expands the access, registration, and utilization of the New Jersey Prescription Monitoring Program (NJPMP). The legislation, Senate Bill 1998 (S-1998), is...more

10/28/2015 - Chris Christie Controlled Substances Data Collection Health Care Providers Healthcare New Legislation Pharmacies Pharmacist Physicians Prescription Drugs Substance Abuse

Physician Group Practice Pays $750,000 for Breach of Unsecured Electronic Protected Health Information on Electronic Device

Cancer Care Group, P.C. (“CCG”), a radiation oncology physician group practice in Indiana, agreed to pay $750,000 for a breach of unsecured electronic protected health information (“ePHI”). CCG will also implement a...more

9/3/2015 - Data Breach Electronic Medical Records OCR Patient Confidentiality Breaches PHI Physicians Risk Assessment Settlement

OIG Issues Advisory Opinion No. 15-12: Free Home Health Provider Visits Do Not Violate Anti-Kickback Statute

The Department of Health and Human Services Office of Inspector General (“OIG”) recently issued a new advisory opinion finding that free introductory visits (the “Introductory Visits”) for patients offered by a home health...more

9/2/2015 - Advisory Opinions Anti-Kickback Statute CMP Law Health Care Providers HHS Home Health Agencies Home Health Care Medicare OIG

Hospital Pays $218,400 to OCR for HIPAA Violations

St. Elizabeth’s Medical Center (“SEMC”), a tertiary care hospital in Brighton, Massachusetts, has agreed to pay $218,400 to the Office for Civil Rights (“OCR”) to settle alleged violations of the Health Insurance Portability...more

7/16/2015 - Data-Sharing Enforcement Actions Health Care Providers Healthcare HIPAA OCR PHI Settlement

OIG Issues New Fraud Alert: Physician Compensation Arrangements May Result in Significant Liability Under the Anti-Kickback...

Medical directors, beware. The Office of Inspector General (“OIG”) warns in its recently released fraud alert (“Fraud Alert”) that physician compensation arrangements, such as medical directorships, run the risk of violating...more

6/11/2015 - Anti-Kickback Statute Fraud Alerts OIG Physician Compensation Arrangements Physicians

Pennsylvania Physicians Now Required to Wear Photo Identification Badges

As of June 1, 2015, a new Pennsylvania law went into effect, requiring the following individuals to wear photo identification badges: - All employees and physicians working at health care facilities licensed by the...more

6/2/2015 - Healthcare Healthcare Facilities New Legislation Physicians

Revised Guidance for Privacy and Security of Electronic Health Information Released by Government

The Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (“ONC”) has released a revised Guide to Privacy and Security of Electronic Health Information (the “Guide”), which is intended to be a resource for...more

5/5/2015 - Business Associates Cybersecurity Electronic Medical Records Guidance Update Health Care Providers Hospitals Meaningful Use ONC PHI Security and Privacy Controls

Pharmacy Pays $125,000 for Failure to Properly Dispose of Paper Records

Cornell Prescription Pharmacy (“CPP”), a Colorado single-location pharmacy, has agreed to pay $125,000 to the United States Department of Health and Human Services, Office for Civil Rights to settle alleged violations of the...more

4/28/2015 - Document Destruction HHS HIPAA Pharmacies

“Doc Fix” Signed into Law; 21% Physician Pay Cut Avoided

President Obama has signed the “doc fix” into law, which permanently avoids a 21% pay cut for physicians that was slated to take effect this April. The law received broad bipartisan support, passing in the House of...more

4/21/2015 - Hospitals Medicare New Legislation Physician Medicare Reimbursements Physician SGR Formula Physicians Repeal

One Step Forward, One Step Out the Door – Senate Action Needed for SGR Repeal

The House of Representative recently passed legislation, by a sweeping vote of 392-37, which aims to change the way physicians are paid. The legislation, called the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act, repeals and...more


Premera Blue Cross Targeted by Hackers – 11 Million Individuals Compromised

Premera Blue Cross (“Premera”) announced this week that it has been the target of a sophisticated cybersecurity attack in which the information of approximately 11 million individuals has been compromised. This announcement...more

3/20/2015 - Data Breach Health Insurance Insurance Industry Premera Blue Cross

FTC May Have Authority to Regulate Companies’ Data Security Practices

Between 2008 and 2010, hackers stole credit card information from the computer network of Wyndham Hotels & Resorts LLC (“Wyndham”), which affected hundreds of thousands of Wyndham’s customers in the process. The Federal Trade...more

3/6/2015 - Credit Cards Data Breach Enforcement Actions FTC Jurisdiction Personally Identifiable Information Wyndham

News from the Health Law Gurus™:

Reporting Deadline for HIPAA Breaches – March 1, 2015 – Did you have a HIPAA breach this year involving less than 500 individuals? If so, the deadline to report such a breach to the U.S. Department of Health and Human...more

3/2/2015 - Data Breach DOJ Filing Deadlines Healthcare Fraud HHS HIPAA Meaningful Use Medicare Reporting Requirements

Hospice Provider Pays $4 Million to Settle Allegations of Fraudulent Billing

Good Shepherd Hospice, Inc., a for-profit hospice providing services in Oklahoma, Missouri, Kansas, and Texas (“Good Shepherd”), has agreed to pay $4 million to the U.S. government to settle allegations that it submitted...more

2/20/2015 - DHS False Billing False Claims Act (FCA) Hospice Medicare Non-Profits

OIG Report Outlines Five Recommendations for Hospice Care Reform

The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act requires the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (“CMS”) to reform the hospice payment system, collect data relevant to revising hospice payments and develop quality...more

2/20/2015 - Affordable Care Act Assisted Living Facility CMS DHS Healthcare Hospice Medicare OIG

Millions Affected by Hackers’ Attack on Health Insurer Anthem, Inc.

“Anthem was the target of a very sophisticated external cyber attack,” announced Joseph Swedish, Anthem’s President and CEO. Anthem, Inc., formerly known as WellPoint, Inc., is one of the largest health insurance companies in...more

2/7/2015 - Anthem Insurance Cybersecurity Data Breach Hackers Personally Identifiable Information

News from the Health Law Gurus™

Millions Affected by Hackers’ Attack on Health Insurer Anthem, Inc. – “Anthem was the target of a very sophisticated external cyber attack,” announced Joseph Swedish, Anthem’s President and CEO. Anthem, Inc., formerly...more

2/6/2015 - Affordable Care Act Anthem Insurance Cyber Attacks Data Breach Health Insurance HIPAA Hospitals Legislative Agendas

Is Your Mobile Health App HIPAA Compliant?

Mobile health apps (also known as mHealth apps) are increasingly popular with consumers. As of 2014, there were more than 100,000 mobile health apps available on iOS and Android platforms, and total revenue from mobile health...more

1/30/2015 - Healthcare HIPAA mHealth Mobile Apps Mobile Devices PHI Popular

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

1/16/2015 - Affordable Care Act Business Associates Covered Entities Data Breach Employer Mandates Encryption Full-Time Employees Health Insurance Healthcare HIPAA USPS

Top Five Resolutions for Covered Entities and Business Associates in 2015

The New Year is here. It is time to make those 2015 resolutions, and not just those for getting fit and healthy. Resolve now to improve your organization’s compliance with the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability...more

1/6/2015 - Best Management Practices Business Associates Chief Compliance Officers Covered Entities Cybersecurity Data Protection Healthcare HIPAA PHI Risk Assessment Risk Mitigation Year-End Planning

News from the Health Law Gurus™

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

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