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CMS Lifts Ban on Arbitration Agreements and Proposes Rules for Transparency in the Arbitration Process

by Baker Ober Health Law on

In a new proposed rule published in June 2017, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) proposed to abandon its previous rule prohibiting long term care facilities from entering into pre-dispute arbitration...more

The State AG Report Weekly Update

by Cozen O'Connor on

AG Elections- Republican Whitney Westerfield Announces Bid for Kentucky Attorney General- Republican state Senator Whitney Westerfield formally announced his candidacy to become Kentucky AG. He is the first Republican...more

The State AG Report Weekly Update

by Cozen O'Connor on

2018 AG Elections- Republican Sam McClure Announces Bid for Alabama Attorney General - Sam McClure, a Birmingham adoption lawyer, announced his candidacy to become the Alabama AG. McClure is the fourth Republican to...more

More on King v. Bryant and Health Care Arbitration Agreements

by Ward and Smith, P.A. on

As discussed in an earlier article, the North Carolina Supreme Court recently held, in King v. Bryant, that physicians have a fiduciary relationship with their patients due to the special relationship of trust and confidence...more

Seventh Circuit Finds Exclusive Dealing in Hospital-Payer Case Pro Competitive

“But what is more common than exclusive dealing?” Affirming summary judgment for defendant Saint Francis Medical Center, the Seventh Circuit recently held that the hospital’s contracts with health care insurers—though...more

Has the CMS Done an About Face as it Relates to Arbitration?

by Steptoe & Johnson PLLC on

Has the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) abandoned its previously adopted Final Rule prohibiting mandatory nursing home arbitration?  The recent decision by the CMS to forego its Fifth Circuit appeal of the...more

Romaine Calm: FSVP is Approaching

Does FSVP Apply to You? Are you the importer, consignee, or agent for food imported into the United States? If so, the Foreign Supplier Verification Program for Importers of Food for Humans and Animals (FSVP), a key...more

New Mexico Enacts Data Breach Notification Law

by King & Spalding on

On April 6, 2017, New Mexico became the 48th state to enact a data breach notification law; the Data Breach Notification Act (the “Act”) will go into effect on June 16, 2017. The good news for many in the health care...more

D.C. Circuit Affirms Decision Enjoining Anthem-Cigna Merger; Will the Supreme Court Weigh In?

UPDATE: On May 11, 2017, the Delaware Chancery court denied Anthem’s motion for preliminary injunction to prevent Cigna from withdrawing from the proposed merger, citing Anthem’s slim chance of success and the adequacy of...more

$2.5 Million Settlement Reached as HIPAA Crackdown Continues on Unsecured Portable Devices

by Jones Day on

A recent settlement of $2.5 million for alleged violations of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act ("HIPAA") continues a trend of government enforcement targeting health care providers and vendors that fail...more

FDA Extends Compliance Date for Menu Labeling Rule (Again)

by Faegre Baker Daniels on

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced on May 1, 2017, that it is extending the compliance date for the menu labeling rule by a year, from May 5, 2017 to May 7, 2018. According to FDA, “this extension allows...more

HIPAA and the Cloud’s Shared Responsibility Models

by Snell & Wilmer on

Cloud-based service providers (CSPs), like Amazon Web Services and Microsoft Azure, offer online access to shared computing resources. As such, they have developed a “shared responsibility model” for how CSPs and companies...more

The New Frontier of Nutritional Labeling Guidelines - California Grocer, Issue 2

by Downey Brand LLP on

Grocers, food producers, and retail food establishments have two new regulations that will soon affect their businesses. The two new regulations impact packaged food and foods for immediate consumption. This articles...more

Aetna-Humana Merger Blocked

by Pierce Atwood LLP on

The District of Columbia federal court recently ruled that a proposed $37 billion merger between health insurance giants Aetna and Humana cannot proceed, granting the US Department of Justice’s bid to block the combination on...more

Monthly TCPA Digest - January 2017

by Mintz Levin on

We are pleased to present the latest edition of our Monthly TCPA Digest, providing insights and news related to the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA). This month’s issue features updates on the latest regulatory...more

2016 Antitrust Case Law And FTC Action Highlights FTC Agency’s Approach To Hospital Mergers

by Polsinelli on

In 2016, the Federal Trade Commission prevailed in litigation before the Third and Seventh Circuit Courts of Appeal related to two high-profile hospital mergers. In both cases, the courts of appeal overturned the federal...more

FTC's Winning Streak Restored: Seventh Circuit Reverses Denial of Preliminary Injunction in Chicago Hospital Merger, Competition...

by Pepper Hamilton LLP on

Recent appellate decisions confirm the uphill battle hospitals face when merging with other hospitals. On October 31, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit overturned the district court’s ruling in Federal Trade...more

Medical Device Updates: U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Releases Numerous and Important Draft Guidance Documents

by Mintz Levin on

The summer of 2016 saw a flood of new medical device-related guidance documents coming out of FDA’s Center for Devices and Radiological Health (CDRH). Some of these draft guidance documents, such as those addressing device...more

Third Circuit Delivers Resounding Victory for FTC in Pennsylvania Hospital Merger Case

by Robinson & Cole LLP on

On September 27, 2016, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit handed the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) a significant antitrust victory by granting its request for a preliminary injunction to stay the pending merger...more

DOJ-AmEx Case Could Have Ramifications for Health Care Providers

by Polsinelli on

The U.S. Department of Justice's loss to American Express sends a message to health care providers: Steering, tiering, exclusive dealing and other contractual arrangements that appear to suppress competition in one part of...more

The Dennis Decision: A Shot Across the Bow for Hospitals

by Williams Mullen on

A recent Virginia court decision questions the reasonable value of health care services and creates a challenge to debt collection efforts by hospitals. In March, the Circuit Court for Henry County, Patrick County, and the...more

HHS OCR Guidance on Ransomware Attacks: They Constitute a “Security Incident” and Are Likely a Data Breach

On July 11, 2016, the HHS Office of Civil Rights (OCR) released guidance on HIPAA covered entities’ responsibilities in a ransomware attack, a type of cyber-attack that has targeted the health care sector extensively in...more

Breach of ePHI Results in $2.7 Million Fine

Oregon Health & Science University (“OHSU”) has paid $2.7 million to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office for Civil Rights (“OCR”) to settle allegations that it violated the Health Insurance Portability...more

Entity Fined $650,000 in First HIPAA Settlement with a Business Associate

The possibility of business associates potentially being audited, investigated, and ultimately fined is now a reality. On June 24, 2016, the United States Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of Civil Rights...more

Business Associate Settles HIPAA Investigation for $650,000

by Lathrop Gage on

The U.S. Office for Civil Rights (OCR), the agency responsible for enforcing the HIPAA Privacy and Security rules, has just sent a strong message that business associates are not immune from scrutiny. On June 24, 2016, in a...more

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