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Aveta And The Use Of Confidential Info In FCA Cases

In a recent case in the District of Puerto Rico, United States ex rel. Valdez v. Aveta Inc., et al., No. 15-cv-01140-CCC (D.P.R.), the former president of Puerto Rican-based managed health care provider Aveta Inc., Jose...more

Facebook and HIPAA: Strange Bedfellows

As a social media user, you may have experienced Facebook’s targeted advertising. Mere moments after searching for a specific item on Google or visiting another website, your Facebook ads reflect your recent browsing history....more

Just a Matter of Time: First-Ever Settlement of HIPAA Claims Against a Business Associate

On June 30, 2016, the Health and Human Services Office for Civil Rights (OCR) announced the first-ever settlement of Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) claims against a business associate. According...more

Analysis of Health Care Data Breach Litigation Trends

Companies that have a breach involving protected health information ("PHI") worry not only about fines and penalties imposed by the Department of Health and Human Services ("HHS"), but about class action lawsuits. The risk...more

Courts Continue to Grapple with Data Breach Claims

Our last few blogs have focused on litigation under the Video Privacy Protection Act, including the recent ruling from the 10th Circuit in Yershov v. Gannett Satellite Information Network, Inc., 2016 U.S. App. LEXIS 7791 (1st...more

Insurer Held to Have Duty to Defend Allegations that Patients’ Medical Records Were Accessible Via Google Search

The Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals recently held that an insurer had a duty to defend an insured against class action allegations that the insured posted confidential medical records on the Internet. Two patients at Glen...more

Corridors - June 2016 - News for North Carolina Hospitals

Final CMS Rule on the Reporting and Returning of Medicare Overpayments Is a Wake-Up Call for Physicians - Effective March 14, 2016, a final rule published in February 2016 by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid...more

Intermedix data breach class action case dismissed

We previously reported that Intermedix was sued in a class action lawsuit regarding the data breach involving millions of patient records....more

Superior Court of Pennsylvania Denies Data Breach Class Certification

In an encouraging development for data breach defendants, the Superior Court of Pennsylvania recently affirmed a trial court decision rejecting class certification in a suit filed against two Medicare programs for losing a...more

Fourth Circuit Affirms Insurance Coverage for Cyber Claim Under CGL Policy

In a decision issued April 11, the Fourth Circuit added to a small but growing body of case law across the country finding coverage for cyber claims under traditional general liability insurance policies. In Travelers...more

Class Certification Improper in Data Breach Case, PA Appellate Court Finds

The Pennsylvania Superior Court has affirmed a trial court's decision denying class certification in a data breach case against two health plans, reversing its own earlier ruling in the same case that the plaintiff did not...more

Employee Benefit Plans and Data Security Issues

In recent weeks, much of the discussion around a recent Supreme Court case, Gobeille, has focused on ERISA preemption. But for fiduciaries of benefit plans the case can serve as a reminder of important duties that often go...more

Health Care Advisory: Georgia Hospitals Can Close the Door on Open Records Requests

In a closely watched case, the Georgia Court of Appeals, in Smith v. Northside Hospital, Inc., affirmed the determination that Northside Hospital—a private, nonprofit corporation—was not required to comply with a request for...more

Insurer Must Defend Data Breach Claim Under Traditional Commercial General Liability Policies

On April 11, 2016, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit affirmed a ruling by Judge Gerald Bruce Lee of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia that Travelers Indemnity Company of America...more

Not a Check-the-Box Exercise: Failure to Have Signed BAA Results in Substantial Fine

A group practice that was the victim of a silver-harvesting scam has agreed to pay the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (“HHS”) $750,000 to settle charges that it released protected health information (“PHI”) of...more

Ex-Husband's Revenge Leads to HHS Trophy

Patient care is not confined to a single office or exam room, or a single physician or other provider. Caring for patients these days now includes complex coordination among physicians, nurse, technicians, staff, management,...more

Appeals Court Confirms that HITECH Violations Do Not Violate FCA

In an important recent decision, the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals confirmed that a qui tam relator's claim that her former husband improperly accessed electronic protected health information (e-PHI) of her and her relatives...more

21st Century Oncology data breach litigation update

We previously reported that 21st Century Oncology suffered a data breach affecting 2.2 million patients and has been sued in at least two class action lawsuits following notification to the patient....more

Sixth Circuit Affirms Dismissal of FCA Claim Based on Health Data Breaches

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit recently affirmed the dismissal of a False Claims Act (FCA) case premised on protected health data breaches. In United States ex rel. Sheldon v. Kettering Health Network, the...more

Good News for Corporate Policy Holders: Court Finds Cyber Coverage Under Standard Liability Policy

Corporate policy holders received good news on April 11 when the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit issued its opinion in the case captioned: The Travelers Indemnity Company of America v. Portal Healthcare...more

Fourth Circuit Holds General Liability Covers Defense of Data Breach Class Action

The Fourth Circuit affirmed this week that Travelers Insurance (“Travelers”) must defend Portal, a medical records company, against a class action suit stemming from an alleged cyber “publication” of its customers’ personal...more

Mintz Levin Health Care Qui Tam Update - Recently Unsealed Whistleblower Cases: April 2016

Trends & Analysis - ..We have identified 42 health care–related qui tam cases that have been unsealed in whole or in part since the cases covered in our last Qui Tam Update. Included in that count is one proceeding (the...more

Class action suit filed against 21st Century Oncology for data breach

We previously reported that 21st Century Oncology had suffered a data breach and notified 2.2 million patients that it had been the victim of a hacking that exposed the names, Social Security numbers, physicians’ names,...more

Improper Disclosure of Research Information Results in $3.9 Million Settlement

On March 17, 2016, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office for Civil Rights (“OCR”) announced that the Feinstein Institution for Medical Research (“Feinstein”) agreed to pay $3.9 million to resolve...more

Sixth Circuit Rules That EHR Security Breaches Do Not Violate False Claims Act

On March 7, 2016, the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that security breaches of individual electronic health records (“EHRs”) do not violate the HITECH Act and cannot support False Claims Act allegations. ...more

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