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Government Response to Increasing Cyber Threats

by McGuireWoods LLP on

Government agencies collect and hold massive amounts of personally identifiable information (PII), creating valuable targets for cybercrime. Recently proposed legislation would impose baseline standards for cyber hygiene on...more

OIG Issues Advisory Opinion to Pharmacy

On September 7, 2017, the HHS Office of Inspector General (OIG) issued an Advisory Opinion to the owner of a retail pharmacy chain (Pharmacy) that would allow Federal health care program beneficiaries to participate in a paid...more

Impact of Value-Based Health Care on the Medical Device Industry: Three Takeaways From the Case for Transformation

by Ropes & Gray LLP on

Introduction: The Case for Transformation - In the world of fee-for-service health care, most medical devices were sold to hospitals or other health care providers for use in the diagnosis or treatment of patients. Except...more

Healthcare Law Update: September 2017

by Holland & Knight LLP on

OIG Advisory Opinions - Manufacturer's Free Replacement of Spoiled Pharmaceutical Products Authorized - On Aug. 25, 2017, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' (HHS) Office of Inspector General (OIG)...more

OIG’s Expanded Interpretation of Warranty Safe Harbor Portends Well for Value-Based Health Care

by Ropes & Gray LLP on

In a new advisory opinion, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of Inspector General (“OIG”) clarified the scope of the Anti-Kickback Statute (“AKS”) warranty safe harbor (the “Warranty Safe Harbor”). In...more

Agencies Request Public Comment On Collection Of Biobased Procurements Data

On August 28, 2017, the U.S. Department of Defense (DOD), the General Services Administration (GSA), and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) issued in the Federal Register a notice of request for public...more

GSA Makes Participation in Transactional Data Reporting Pilot Voluntary

by Morgan Lewis on

Contractors should consider weighing benefits and burdens in making the election. Last week, the US General Services Administration (GSA) announced that it will make participation in its Transactional Data Reporting pilot...more

The Internet of Things Cybersecurity Improvement Act of 2017: A potential mandate for security standards applicable to...

by Hogan Lovells on

On 1 August 2017, a bipartisan group of four U.S. senators (Steve Daines (R-MT), Cory Gardner (R-CO), Mark Warner (D-VA), and Ron Wyden (D-OR) introduced the Internet of Things (IoT) Cybersecurity Improvement Act of 2017....more

The Four Things That Surprised Us in the EpiPen False Claims Settlement

On August 17, 2017, the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) announced that it had reached a $465 million false claims settlement with Mylan, the manufacturer of EpiPen, over the company’s alleged underpayment of Medicaid Drug...more

Weekly Update Newsletter - August 2017 #3

by PilieroMazza PLLC on

GOVERNMENT CONTRACTS - “Industry Experts Advise GovCon Firms to Prepare for Possible Gov Shutdown.” ExecutiveGov, August 16, 2017. Retrieved from executivegov.com - An ExecutiveGov article from August 16, 2017 analyzes...more

5 Key Takeaways: Protecting Your IP When Government Contracts Are Involved

Larry Prosen and Gunjan Talati, partners in Kilpatrick Townsend’s Government Contracts and Construction & Infrastructure Group, recently presented on an issue of growing importance -- “Protecting Your IP When Government...more

340B Covered Entities Beware: CMS Proposes Drastic Drug Reimbursement Rate Cuts

by Polsinelli on

In its Outpatient Prospective Payment System proposed rule ("Proposed Rule"), CMS outlined a significant Medicare Part B payment reduction for separately payable, nonpassthrough drugs provided in the hospital outpatient...more

Proposed Internet of Things Cybersecurity Bill May Create Hurdles for Government Contractors

by Reed Smith on

The federal government dramatically has increased its spending in recent years on Internet of Things (“IoT”) devices, including biosensors that can gather medical and security data from soldiers and vehicles in the field;...more

Health Alert (Australia) 31 July 2017

by DLA Piper on

In This Issue: - Judgments; Legislation; and Reports. - Excerpts from Judgments: 24 July 2017 - Medical Board of Australia v Soo [2017] SAHPT 10 - In this proceeding, the respondent, a physiotherapist, was alleged to have...more

US lawmakers introduce bill to address cybersecurity flaws in the Internet of Things

by DLA Piper on

A bipartisan group of US senators has introduced the Internet of Things (IoT) Cybersecurity Improvement Act of 2017, which seeks to impose baseline cybersecurity standards for IoT devices sold to the US government. Notably,...more

DoD's Efforts to Secure Information on Contractor Systems Continues, But All Companies Are at Risk and Should Take Steps Now to...

by Bass, Berry & Sims PLC on

As recent malware, ransomware and distributed denial of service attacks have made clear, the cyber threats posed to governments and commercial entities are real and growing. Critical infrastructure such as power plants,...more

Bipartisan Group of Senators Introduce Bill to Impose Baseline Security Requirements for IoT Devices Provided to U.S. Government

by Hogan Lovells on

On August 1, a bipartisan group of four senators introduced a bill that would impose specific cybersecurity requirements on providers of Internet of Things (IoT) devices when doing business with the U.S. Government and...more

Draft Cybersecurity Legislation Would Impose Substantial New Obligations on Vendors Selling Interconnected Devices to the U.S....

On Tuesday, August 1, 2017, a bipartisan group of four Senators from the Senate Cybersecurity Caucus introduced legislation designed to improve the cybersecurity of devices purchased by the U.S. government and – albeit...more

FINRA Fetes Emerging Blockchain Technology at Industry Conference

Blockchain technology (“Blockchain”), also known as Distributed Ledger Technology, stands poised to transform the future of the financial industry. Generally speaking, Blockchain enables the creation of a continuously growing...more

Ninth Circuit Ruling Weakens Materiality Standard under the FCA

by McGuireWoods LLP on

Last year in Universal Health Services, Inc. v. United States ex rel. Escobar et al. the Supreme Court reminded litigants that the False Claims Act “is not an all-purpose antifraud statute.” In that case, the Court expanded...more

Licensing Third Party Software for Use in Federal Contracts

by PilieroMazza PLLC on

In the IT sector, it is common for contractors with relationships to various federal agencies to have top-tier talent in-house to provide high quality IT services. Some vendors even have programmers and software engineers...more

Ninth Circuit Relies on Escobar to Revive False Claims Act Suit Against Pharmaceutical Manufacturer

On July 7, 2017, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit reversed a federal district court’s dismissal of a False Claims Act (FCA) whistleblower suit in United States ex rel. Campie v. Gilead Sciences, explaining that...more

Telecomm Publica los Criterios Generales Para un Posible Concurso del Proyecto de la Red Tronca

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El organismo público descentralizado Telecomunicaciones de México (Telecomm) publicó, el 17 de julio de 2017, los criterios generales que podrían aplicarse al posible concurso para el desarrollo y crecimiento de la Red...more

Telecomm Releases General Criteria For Potential Backbone Network Project Bids

by Holland & Knight LLP on

The Mexican government agency, Telecomm, on July 17, 2017, released the general criteria for a potential bid for the development and expansion of the Backbone Network Project (Red Troncal)....more

Ninth Circuit Relies on Escobar to Revive False Claims Act Suit Against Pharmaceutical Manufacturer

On July 7, 2017, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit reversed a federal district court’s dismissal of a False Claims Act (FCA) whistleblower suit in United States ex rel. Campie v. Gilead Sciences, explaining that...more

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