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Wyoming amends data breach notification law

Continuing to add to the confusion surrounding provisions in 47 different state breach notification laws, Wyoming amended two laws last month which expand the definition of personal information requiring notification in the...more

Second Circuit Hears Argument in People of the State of New York v. Actavis PLC

On April 13, 2015 the Second Circuit (Hon. Walker, Raggi, Droney) heard oral argument in People of the State of New York v. Actavis PLC. This case began in September 2014, when the New York Attorney General’s Office...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

Federal Trade Commission and Department of Justice Hold Joint Workshop on Payment Models and Competition Within the Health Care...

On February 24-25, 2015, the Federal Trade Commission (“FTC”) and Antitrust Division of the Department of Justice (“DOJ”) co-hosted a second public workshop as part of the “Examining Health Care Competition” series to study...more

Beyond HIPAA: Connected Health Care and the Internet of Things

The U.S. Federal Trade Commission (FTC) Staff Report titled "Internet of Things: Privacy & Security in a Connected World," released in January 2015, continues to generate interest and questions about the regulation of health...more

Dazed and Confused: The TCPA’s Health Care-Related Call Exemption

In early 2012, Robert Kolinek received an automated call on his cell phone from Walgreens reminding him to refill an eligible prescription. Despite the fact that even the plaintiff’s lawyers ultimately acknowledged that these...more

Health Plan Lawsuits and Data Breach Claims: Recent Developments and Implications

Five class action lawsuits have been filed against Premera Blue Cross in federal court in Seattle, Washington following the recent report of a data breach that affected approximately 11 million individuals. The lawsuits make...more

Healthcare Legal News Volume 5 Number 2

According to a recent study by Accenture, by 2017 approximately 18 percent of the American public will purchase insurance through exchanges versus relying on traditional employer healthcare coverage or foregoing insurance...more

Getting the Best Medical Care: a Newsletter from Patrick Malone - April 2015

In This Issue: - What's at Risk - Who's Peeking Into Your File? - Quality Control Is Lacking - How to Protect Your Health Information - Excerpt from Who's Peeking Into Your File? The Washington Post...more

Another Health Plan Hit By Massive CyberAttack and Class Actions Follow

Coming fresh off the heels of the Anthem data breach Premera Blue Cross announced on March 17th that it was the victim of a “sophisticated” cyberattack that may have exposed the personal information of approximately 11...more

New York’s Surprise Medical Bill Law Goes into Effect

New York’s Emergency Medical Services and Surprise Bills law went into effect yesterday, which means consumers who receive out of network (OON) emergency services will no longer have to pay more than their usual in-network...more

Wyoming Broadens Data Breach Notification Law

Wyoming recently joined the list of states passing laws that broaden the scope of their data breach notification laws. On March 2, 2015, Wyoming signed into law two bills (S.F. 35 and S.F. 36) that expand the definition of...more

U.S. House Committee on Agriculture - Mandatory Biotechnology Labeling Laws

Purpose - The purpose of this hearing was to examine the costs and impacts of mandatory biotechnology labeling laws. Members Present - Chairman Conaway, Ranking Member Peterson, and Representatives Davis (IL),...more

New York – Emergency Medical Services and Surprise

The Emergency Medical Services and Surprise Bills Law (the "New Law"), which goes into effect March 31, 2015, increases protection of New York consumers from "surprise bills" received for medical services performed by certain...more

Multiple class action lawsuits filed against Premera Blue Cross for data breach

Days following Premera Blue Cross’s public announcement that it had experienced a data breach affecting approximately 11 million, it has been sued five times (as of the time of this writing) in proposed class action lawsuits...more

Is Your Company Ready to Comply with Encryption of Individually Identifiable Health Information?

New Jersey’s new data privacy standard, signed into law as S. 562 by Gov. Chris Christie on January 9, requires health insurance carriers that are authorized to issue health benefit plans in New Jersey to protect individually...more

Another Health Plan Hit By Massive CyberAttack and Class Actions Follow

Coming fresh off the heels of the Anthem data breach Premera Blue Cross announced on March 17th that it was the victim of a “sophisticated” cyberattack that may have exposed the personal information of approximately 11...more

Big Three Credit Bureaus Announce Consumer Financial Assistance Plan

Earlier this month, Equifax, Experian and TransUnion announced the creation of the “National Consumer Assistance Plan,” which will, among other things, change the way these credit bureaus handle consumer disputes and report...more

FDA Holds Public Hearing On Proposed Label Change Rule

On March 27, 2015, the FDA held a public meeting regarding its proposed generic drug labeling rule, a rule that would allow ANDA holders to unilaterally update labeling prior to FDA approval. Testimony from proponents of the...more

HIPAA Breach Affects Many Western New York School Districts

Recently, a national BlueCross BlueShield affiliate, Anthem, Inc., discovered that its information technology systems was hacked. The information believed to have been accessed includes names, member ID numbers, dates of...more

Locke Lord QuickStudy: Montana and Wyoming Update Data Breach Laws

Montana and Wyoming have recently revised their data breach notification laws including their definitions of what constitutes Personally Identifiable Information (PII) subject to breach notification. ...more

Update on the DOJ's Criminal Investigation into Generic Pharmaceuticals

The Department of Justice Antitrust Division's (DOJ's) investigation into the generic pharmaceutical industry may be expanding. On March 15, 2015, a third generic manufacturer disclosed that it received a subpoena from the...more

U.S. Supreme Court case examines authority of state health care licensure boards and patient safety

Many individuals may find comfort in the knowledge that their doctors, dentists and other healthcare professionals are required to pass rigorous testing in order to receive their licenses. These licenses are issued by each...more

Tax Policy Update

NUMBER OF THE WEEK: $900 billion. The amount of additional taxes that would fall on businesses and families under Republicans’ budget plans, according to a “fact check” by the Associated Press in a story with a title made of...more

Health Update - March 2015

Supporting Informed Decision Making in the Health Insurance Marketplace: A Progress Report - Editor’s note: As Affordable Care Act (ACA) implementation moves forward and the marketplace continues to evolve, there is a...more

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