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HIPAA Isn’t the Only Standard for Confidentiality

Nobody knows better than hospitals how difficult, complicated and expensive it is to comply with the confidentiality requirements of HIPAA (for Health Insurance Portability & Accountability Act). And hospitals and their...more

Can A State Impose Civil Penalties On A Drug Or Device Company For Using A Federally-Approved Label?

Overview - States have increasingly brought actions under Medicaid fraud or consumer protection statutes seeking civil penalties and restitution from the makers of prescription drugs. Many top-selling drugs have been...more

THE ROLE OF THE LEGAL NURSE IN CIVIL CASES: WITH A CASE EXAMPLE

This article explains the role of the often overlooked and underused resource of the legal nurse, who can crystallize any medical-legal related issues. A case example is used to show how attorney's can benefit from this...more

VICARIOUS LIABILITY

This article discusses how employers such as Hospitals can be vicariously liable for the torts of their employees, particularly doctors, nurses and other ancillary services that are committed during the course of employment....more

California Supreme Court: State Laws on Disclosure of Protected Health Information Are Not Preempted

California has long been considered a bastion of consumer protection and individual privacy rights. By its recently issued decision in Brown v. Mortensen, (2011) 51 Cal. 4th 1052 the California Supreme Court buttressed that...more

United States' Amicus Brief Argues Medicare Act Preempts Statutory Consumer Protection and State Common Law Claims

Since January 1, 2006, Part D of the Medicare Act has provided Medicare beneficiaries with an elective prescription drug benefit option. Under Part D, benefits are administered to beneficiaries through private health...more

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