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Do the Restrictions on Advertising with Nutrition and Health Claims also Apply to Communications Addressed Exclusively to Health...

The Court of Justice of the European Union (ECJ) will soon decide on the issue of whether the restrictions on promoting foodstuffs with nutrition and health claims also apply to communications addressed exclusively to health...more

M&A, Cybersecurity Identified as Top Areas for Healthcare General Counsels

A September 2015 Consero survey of general counsels (GCs) from mid-size to large U.S. hospital and health systems provides some interesting insight into the top issues facing legal departments....more

FCC Responds In Consolidated Appeal From Its July 2015 Omnibus Ruling

On Friday, January 15, 2016, the Federal Communications Commission filed its response to the arguments of the joint Petitioners in the consolidated appeal from its July 10, 2015 Omnibus Ruling. The Commission’s brief...more

Antitrust: “Doctor, Doctor, Give Me the News”* Court gives Teladoc some good news in its antitrust challenge to Texas Medical...

Back in April 2015, Teladoc, Inc., which provides U.S. board-certified doctors for consults via phone or online video, filed an antitrust challenge to stop a new Texas Medical Board (TMB) rule from taking effect that requires...more

Henry Schein Settles FTC Charges of Deceptive Advertising of Dentrix G5

Data encrypted in accordance with the Advanced Encryption Standard (“AES”) gives dentists a “safe harbor” in the event of certain breaches of patient information. However, those relying on Henry Schein’s Dentrix G5 software...more

New Funding Available for Distance Learning and Telemedicine Grant Program

The Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Rural Utilities Service (RUS) announced its 2016 application window for the Distance Learning and Telemedicine (DLT) Grant Program, which is designed to provide access to education,...more

Infrastructure Deals Dominate Digital Health Investment in 2015

Among its list of defining quotes of 2015, Rock Health included one from a physician who was frustrated with the fact that, as she put it, “In my hospital there are 19 software systems across departments – few of which...more

A New Year’s Resolution: Avoid The Rising Tide of Defamation Claims In The Health Care Arena

In college and graduate school, we all had professors that had “non-attribution/academic freedom” policies designed to foster open debate, critical thinking and robust discussion. To state the obvious, we are a long way from...more

Texas Medical Board Loses Bid for State Action Immunity

The Teladoc decision reinforces that state boards that are composed of market participants need to reassess how they are supervised if they seek shelter from antitrust scrutiny under the state action doctrine....more

Telehealth

We previously reported on the case between Teladoc, Inc. and the Texas Medical Board (Board). The medical board issued regulations requiring doctors to see patients in person before prescribing medication. Teladoc sued the...more

A sick use of cellphone pics, social media: staffers’ abuse of aged patients

Not all care-giving positions carry high status or lavish compensation. Still, why would anyone take on any health care work lacking basic common sense and the tiniest bit of compassion? That’s what you might be asking after...more

Five of the Top Drug & Device Developments in 2015

As 2015 winds down, we reflected on some of the year’s most significant legal developments for drug and device manufacturers. In our opinion, the bench got it right (for the most part) this year. Here is a brief recap and...more

Health Care E-Note - December 2015

A little-noticed provision in the federal Bipartisan Budget Act of 2015 calls for OSHA to increase its penalties to adjust for inflation for the first time since 1990. Please see full E-Note below for more...more

Federal Government Continues to Bring Actions Against Pharmaceutical and Medical Device Companies and Individuals for Alleged...

The Office of Inspector General (OIG) for the Department of Health and Human Services recently released its Semiannual Report to Congress. Through the first three quarters of 2015, OIG announced recoveries of $3.35 billion...more

Off-Label Promotion and Product Liability: Are Industry’s Recent Court Wins in One Space a Win in the Other?

The pharmaceutical industry has recently felt empowered and emboldened by recent litigation that would seemingly allow companies to distribute, proactively, information about unapproved uses, i.e., off-label, so long as the...more

NACDS Files Amicus Brief in Support of Petitioner Rite Aid in Consolidated Appeal of FCC’s TCPA Order

On December 2nd, the National Association of Chain Drug Stores, Inc. (“NACDS”) submitted an amicus brief in support of member organization and petitioner Rite Aid in the consolidated appeal of the FCC’s July 10, 2015...more

Rite Aid Files Opening Brief in Consolidated Appeal of FCC’s TCPA Order

On November 25th, petitioner Rite Aid Hdqrtrs. Corp. (“Rite Aid”) filed its opening brief in the consolidated appeal of the FCC’s July 10, 2015 Declaratory Ruling and Order (the “Order”) in the United States Court of Appeals...more

Communications Compliance: Are Messaging Applications Leaving Your Organization Vulnerable to HIPAA Liability?

Messaging applications are popular tools to facilitate communication and workflow in healthcare settings—increasingly so as smart phones, tablets and other mobile mediums continue to penetrate the market. Organizations...more

Health Update - November 2015

Best Practices for Using Social Media in Healthcare: Maximizing Impact, Mitigating Risk - Editor's note: In a generation more likely to seek health information online than see a doctor, social media is playing an...more

FDA Invites Genome Scientists to Come Play in the precisionFDA “Sandbox” - NGS Technologies Take Center Stage at Agency Campus

On November 12th and 13th, the Food and Drug Administration hosted genome scientists from across the nation at its campus in White Oak, Maryland. Two public workshops engaged presenters and audience members on various...more

The Give and Take of the 2015 Library of Congress Sec. 1201 Copyright Exemptions

I used to love working on cars. As a teenager I had a 1972 Karmann Ghia, which I could repair, MacGyver-like, with rubber bands, tinfoil, and sticks of chewing gum. But as automotive technology advanced, the prospect of...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

HIPAA Lessons from the Warner Chilcott Settlement

Last week, the US Attorney’s Office in Boston announced that drug company Warner Chilcott agreed to plead guilty to health care fraud and pay $125 million to resolve criminal and civil liability arising out of allegations...more

Recent Government-Issued FAQs Cause Plan Sponsors to Clarify Preventive Care and Wellness in Health Plan Communications

On October 23, 2015, the U.S. Departments of Labor (DOL), Health and Human Services (HHS), and Treasury issued frequently asked questions (FAQs) on the implementation of preventive care and wellness provisions of the...more

HIPAA and Text Messaging

Text messaging is pervasive. Doctors and other health care providers, covered entities, and business associates currently use (and embrace) the technology. Texting is easy, fast and efficient. It doesn’t require a laptop...more

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