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DOJ-AmEx Case Could Have Ramifications for Health Care Providers

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

Part I - TCPA: Regulatory - Calls By or on Behalf of the Federal Government

A number of organizations filed comments and/or reply comments regarding the National Consumer Law Center (“NCLC”)’s Petition for Reconsideration of the Broadnet Declaratory Ruling, which asks that the FCC reconsider its...more

AGG Litigation Insights Newsletter - Summer 2016

Even for companies accustomed to civil lawsuits, when the government is on the other side of the “v,” the prospect of litigation can be intimidating and unfamiliar. In this issue of the Litigation Newsletter, we explore how...more

The Dennis Decision: A Shot Across the Bow for Hospitals

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

Debt Collector for Affiliated Physician Group Can Rely on Patient Contact Consent Obtained by Hospital

Careful drafting of consent and information release provisions can ensure that providers and affiliated physicians and their debt collectors can contact patient cell phones using automatic telephone dialing systems or...more

California Data Breach Report Defines “Reasonableness” Standard for Data Protection

Nearly three in five Californians were victims of a data breach in 2015, according to a report released by state Attorney General Kamala D. Harris. The report adopts minimum standards of ''reasonable security'' for personal...more

Nearly 50 Million Records Breached in California Since 2012

Earlier this month, the California Attorney General’s Office released the 2016 Data Breach Report covering years 2012 through 2015 for the State of California (the “AG’s Report”). The AG’s Report reveals that 557 data...more

California by the Numbers (Part 1): 24 Million Compromised in 2015

California Attorney General Kamala Harris has released a report of the data breaches that have been reported to her office from 2012 until 2015. Although the California data breach notification law took effect in 2003,...more

Patients provide cell phone number to hospital, debt collection calls are okay under TCPA

The 6th Circuit upheld the 2014 Ohio federal court’s decision in Mais v. Gulf Coast Collections Bureau stating that two hospital patients who provided their cell phone numbers to the hospital where they sought treatment, in...more

What is the TCPA and Why is it of Concern to Long Term Care Facilities?

The Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA) was enacted in 1991 to protect consumers, especially cell phone consumers, from unwanted robocalls and texts. The Act applies to virtually any company that utilizes auto-dialing...more

How to Avoid and Respond to a Cybersecurity Breach

In light of numerous recent data breaches, cybersecurity has emerged as an issue impacting organizations ranging from the local hardware store to the largest multi-national firms in the world. In short, no industry is immune...more

Data Breach Response Planning: Laying the Right Foundation

Part of Bradley Arant’s Privacy and Information Security Team’s seven-part Data Breach Toolkit Webinar Series, the “Data Breach Response Planning: Laying the Right Foundation” webinar, led by Paige Boshell and Amy Leopard,...more

FCC Guidance on Cellphones Puts the Squeeze on Medical Debt Collectors

In July, the FCC released an order it touted as strengthening “consumer protections against unwanted calls and texts.” It was a series of rulings based on the Telephone Consumer Protection Act meant to clarify the use of...more

CFPB enters into consent order with company charged with deceptive health care credit enrollment practices

The CFPB has entered into a consent order with Springstone Financial, LLC to settle charges that the company was responsible for alleged deceptive and misleading acts and practices in connection with enrolling consumers in a...more

Seventh Circuit rules hospital system is not a Consumer Reporting Agency under FCRA

Is a hospital a “consumer reporting agency”? Can a health care provider be liable under the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) in the event of a data breach? The Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals recently considered these...more

The FCC's TCPA Regulatory Ruling Imposes Tighter Call Restrictions

Last month, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) released a long awaited declaratory ruling and order, FCC 15-72, addressing several petitions which sought clarification of or exemptions from Telephone Consumer...more

Payment is due at the time services are rendered

Typically, physicians collect co-payments from patients when services are provided, submit claims for reimbursement to government and commercial payers, and then send bills to patients for the balance owing. The payment and...more

FCC Order Creates New TCPA Challenges for Companies

As previously reported, the Federal Communications Commission recently approved a Declaratory Ruling and Order (the Order) addressing a number of petitions that requested the FCC clarify its interpretations of the Telephone...more

Upcoming HIPAA Audits May Target Financial Institutions—Here’s How to Prepare

Much like a tornado watch, the conditions appear to be right for a coming storm: the upcoming Phase 2 HIPAA audits. The Department of Health and Human Services Office for Civil Rights (OCR) has begun verifying contact...more

FCC Uses Industry Requests for TCPA Clarity to “Close Loopholes” and “Empower Consumers” Rather Than to Afford More Than Token...

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) adopted a Declaratory Ruling and Order that resolves 19 petitions for declaratory ruling, one rulemaking petition and one petition for clarification, all arising out of an upsurge...more

FCC Approves TCPA Clarifications that Increase Potential for Liability

The Federal Communications Commission, in a divided vote, approved an order clarifying several long-simmering Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA) issues. While the order has not been officially released, the...more

A Deeper Dive: Regulatory Investigations Following a Reported Breach

In our inaugural Data Security Incident Response Report (the Report), we found that regulators inquired about a company’s breach 31% of the time and multi-state state Attorneys General investigations were launched less than...more

The BakerHostetler Data Security Incident Response Report 2015

The rate of disclosures of security incidents in 2015 continues at a pace that caused many to call 2013 and then 2014 “the year of the breach.” Most incidents are described publicly with attention-grabbing terms such as...more

How New York’s Emergency Medical Services and Surprise Bills Law Impacts Providers and Plans

Last year New York passed legislation known as the “Emergency Medical Services and Surprise Bills” law, a much-heralded consumer protection law primarily intended to guard against surprise bills for out of network (OON)...more

Update on State Breach Notification Laws

In the first few months of 2015, a number of states have introduced data breach notification bills and proposed legislative amendments designed to enhance consumer protection in response to increasingly high profile data...more

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