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SAMHSA Finalizes Its Changes to the Confidentiality of Substance Use Disorder Patient Records Regulations

Executive Summary - The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (“SAMHSA”), an agency within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (“HHS”), recently finalized its changes to the...more

New Guidance from OCR Emphasizes Individuals’ Right to Access Information

The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (“HIPAA”), subject to certain exceptions, provides individuals with the right to access their personal health information (“PHI”). Recently, the Office for Civil Rights...more

Agreement Reached on EU-U.S. Privacy Shield, Replacing Former Safe Harbor

On February 2, 2016, the European Commission, the executive body of the European Union (“EU”), and the United States announced an agreement on a new alternative, called the “Privacy Shield,” to replace the former “Safe...more

HIPAA Modified in Tandem with Executive Action on Gun Control: Much Ado About Narrow Permissive Reporting Requirements

On January 6, 2016, the Office for Civil Rights (“OCR”) within the federal Department of Health and Human Services (“HHS”) issued a final rule to modify the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996...more

FTC Issues State Action Guidance for State Regulatory Boards

On October 14, 2015, the Federal Trade Commission (“FTC”) issued guidance on how state regulatory boards can regulate their professions without running afoul of the antitrust laws (“Guidance”). The Guidance was issued in...more

When Do Data Security Breaches Cause Substantial Consumer Harm? Lessons from the LabMD FTC Complaint Dismissal

On November 19, 2015, an Administrative Law Judge (the “ALJ”) at the Federal Trade Commission (“FTC”) dismissed the FTC’s 2013 complaint against LabMD, a clinical testing laboratory, stating that the FTC failed to demonstrate...more

FTC Challenges Proposed Hospital Transaction in West Virginia: Assurance of Voluntary Compliance with State’s Attorney General Is...

On November 5, 2015, the Federal Trade Commission (“FTC”) issued an administrative complaint challenging the proposed acquisition of St. Mary’s Medical Center (“St. Mary’s”) by Cabell Huntington Hospital (“Cabell”). The...more

European Court of Justice Invalidates U.S.-EU Safe Harbor

On October 6, 2015, the European Court of Justice (“ECJ”), the top court of the European Union (“EU”), released its opinion in Maximillian Schrems v. Data Protection Commissioner (C-362/14), invalidating the U.S.-EU Safe...more

$750,000 HIPAA Settlement Reinforces Need to Be Proactive

As the Department of Health and Human Services’ (“HHS”) Office of Civil Rights (“OCR”) proceeds with its second round of HIPAA audits, this time covering business associates as well as covered entities, a recent settlement...more

FTC Issues First Statement of Enforcement Under Section 5 in 101 Years

On August 13, 2015, the Federal Trade Commission (“FTC” or “Commission”), by a 4-1 vote, approved a bipartisan “Statement of Enforcement Principles” (“Statement of Enforcement”),[1] which purports to shed light on the...more

Recent FCC Ruling on the TCPA Has Important Implications for Health Care Companies

On July 10, 2015, the Federal Communications Commission (“FCC”) issued a Declaratory Ruling and Order (“Declaratory Ruling”) in response to 21 separate requests seeking clarification or other action on the Telephone Consumer...more

Federal Trade Commission Obtains a Near Record-Breaking Disgorgement in a Monopolization Case

On April 20, 2015, the Federal Trade Commission (“FTC”) announced that Cardinal Health, Inc. (“Cardinal”), agreed to pay $26.8 million to resolve allegations that it violated Section 2 of the Sherman Act by monopolizing the...more

Federal Trade Commission and Department of Justice Hold Joint Workshop on Payment Models and Competition Within the Health Care...

On February 24-25, 2015, the Federal Trade Commission (“FTC”) and Antitrust Division of the Department of Justice (“DOJ”) co-hosted a second public workshop as part of the “Examining Health Care Competition” series to study...more

No State Action Antitrust Immunity for North Carolina Dental Board: Implications for the Health Care Sector

On February 25, 2015, the Supreme Court of the United States held that the North Carolina Dental Board (“Board”) was not insulated from federal antitrust liability under the so-called “state action” doctrine when it engaged...more

Illegal Premerger Coordination Leads to DOJ “Gun Jumping” Enforcement Action and $5 Million Settlement—Key Lessons Affecting...

On November 7, 2014, the Antitrust Division of the U.S. Department of Justice (“DOJ”) reached a $5 million settlement with Flakeboard America Limited (“Flakeboard”), its foreign parents, and SierraPine to settle allegations...more

Take 5 Newsletter: Five New Challenges Facing Retail Employers

Retailers face new challenges every day as a result of legislation, litigation, and technology. This Take 5 addresses some of these challenges. 1. Pregnancy Accommodation - Several states and municipalities...more

Idaho District Court First to Unwind a Physician Practice Deal

On January 24, 2014, in Federal Trade Commission v. St. Luke's Health System, Ltd. & Saltzer Medical Group, P.A., the U.S. District Court for the District of Idaho found that the acquisition of Saltzer Medical Group...more

HEALTH REFORM: Four Key Areas of the New HIPAA Privacy Regulations

On January 25, 2013, the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act ("HIPAA") regulations (the "Omnibus Rule") implementing the statutory amendments under the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical...more

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