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Health Alert (Australia) - January 27, 2015

In This Issue: Judgments; Legislation; and Reports. Excerpt from Reports: Ensuring National Capacity in Genomics-Guided Public Health Laboratory Surveillance. Australia. Department of Social Services -...more

Deadline Approaching to Report Certain HIPAA Breaches to Federal Officials

The HIPAA Breach Notification Rule requires covered entities to notify the Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) if a breach of unsecured protected health information (PHI) is discovered. As most...more

The Companionship Exemption Remains: D.C. District Court’s Most Recent Decision in Home Care Association of America v. Weil Marks...

On January 14, 2015, Judge Richard J. Leon of the D.C. Federal District Court issued another favorable opinion for home care employers by vacating a Department of Labor regulation that would have narrowed the definition of...more

Weekly Update Newsletter - January 2015 #2

GOVERNMENT CONTRACTS - HHS IG Issues Report Regarding Federal Marketplace: Inadequacies in Contract Planning and Procurement - The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) inspector...more

Africa Update - January 2014 #3

In This Issue: - Leading the News - United States – Africa Relations - North Africa - East Africa - West Africa - Sub-Saharan Africa - General Africa News - Excerpt from...more

Key Issues Facing Places of Public Accommodation at the 25th Anniversary of the ADA

With all of the presents, decorations, and champagne now firmly in the rearview mirror, January is a time customarily spent reflecting on the year that was and planning for the year ahead. For places of public accommodation,...more

Africa Update - January 2014 #2

Leading the News: West Africa Ebola Outbreak - On January 8th, the United Nations (U.N.) World Health Organization (WHO) announced the most advanced Ebola vaccine candidate will enter Phase III clinical trials...more

U.S. Supreme Court to Decide Fate of Same-Sex Marriage Laws

It was announced today that the U.S. Supreme Court will consider two important questions relating to same-sex marriage–whether states are required to allow same-sex marriages within their jurisdictions, and whether states are...more

Changes in California Employment Law for 2015

As Californians get back to business in the new year, we wanted to highlight the following changes to California employment laws for 2015: - Mandatory Paid Sick Leave - Protections Against Discrimination and...more

HIPAA: Deadlines Pass and Definitions Change

For all covered entities and business associates, September 22 was the last day for business associate agreements (BAAs) to comply with the Omnibus HIPAA Rule (the Rule) released in January 2013. Before the Rule’s release,...more

More ADA Enforcement – Effective Communication Requirements for Service Providers

Recently, the U.S. Department of Justice and Franciscan St. James Health (St. James), a nonprofit health care system providing comprehensive health care at hospitals in Illinois, settled a lawsuit alleging that St. James...more

HIPAA Privacy During Emergency Situations

A patient arrives at your facility with Ebola-like symptoms. After taking the necessary precautions, you run the requisite tests, conduct a patient interview, and determine that in fact the patient has contracted the Ebola...more

Non-Profit Social Service Agency to Pay $309,000 to Settle EEOC Disability Discrimination Lawsuit

Comprehensive Behavioral Health Center Refused To Accommodate Long-Term Employee With Multiple Sclerosis And Denied Her Rehire, Federal Agency Charged ST. LOUIS -- Comprehensive Behavioral Health Center (CBHC), a non-profit...more

Baker Wellness Center Illegaly Fired Employee Because of Disability, EEOC Claims in Lawsuit

Company Openly Stated in Termination Letter That It Fired Employee Due to'Medical Problems' After Learning of Her Diabetes, Federal Agency Charges NEW ORLEANS -- Baker Wellness Center, Inc., a Baton Rouge, La., area adult day...more

New California Labor and Employment Laws for 2015

Like most recent years, the California Legislature passed and Governor Jerry Brown signed many labor and employment bills into law once again in 2014. Below are highlights of the most significant new laws. Each will become...more

Lessons Learned: May a Healthcare Professional Say No To Treating Ebola?

May a licensed healthcare professional refuse to treat a patient? Healthcare providers have legal, ethical and professional duties to address a patient’s needs that fall within the provider’s scope of practice. However, are...more

The Employee Zone Of Privacy

Employers should recognize an employee’s zone of privacy in the workplace. Business owners and managers need to understand that while they have their employees’ attention for much of the workday, there are limits. An employer...more

Hospital Fires Back: Accuses Whistleblowers of Violating Patient Confidentiality

Hospitals have long seethed over employees who exploit their inside information to become whistleblowers. There’s generally not much they can do besides seethe unless the employee has some special duty of confidentiality...more

On the Tenth Day of Privacy, OCR Gave to Me…..

……………..a cumbersome C-A-P The U.S Department of Health and Human Services Office for Civil Rights has received tremendous publicity in recent years for its upward-trendingfines and aggressive enforcement of HIPAA...more

Africa Update - December 2014 #3

In This Issue: - Leading the News - United States – Africa Relations - North Africa - East Africa - West Africa - Sub-Saharan Africa - General Africa News - Excerpt from...more

Health Headlines: Also in the News - December 2014 #3

ONC Issues New Federal Health IT Strategic Plan –On December 8, 2014, the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) released its Federal Health IT Strategic Plan 2015-2020 (Plan). The Plan...more

Justice Department Continues to Target Health Care Providers with "Barrier-Free" Initiative

The Department of Justice's recent settlement with a Chicago-based hospital system is the latest reflecting the agency's continuing pursuit of claims against health care providers – small and large -- who fail to provide...more

CMS Proposes Recognition of Same-Sex Spouses

On December 12, 2014, CMS issued proposed regulations that would add recognition of same-sex spouses to the Conditions of Participation (CoPs) and Conditions for Coverage (CfCs) relevant to patients in hospitals, ambulatory...more

2014 EEOC Year In Review: Lots Of Action, Mixed Results

2014 has been a notable year for the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. The agency has initiated historic litigation, issued significant new guidance and signaled increased scrutiny of background checks and...more

Labor & Employment E- Note - December 2014

In This Issue: - SCOTUS Says Firms Don't Have to Pay for Security Screening Time - EEOC Saw Decline in Discrimination Settlements, Number of Cases - HHS Closes Loophole Allowing Employers to Cut Hospital...more

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