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Connecticut Passes New Controversial Health Law Affecting Hospitals

A new law signed by the Governor on June 30, 2015, Public Act 15-146, "An Act Concerning Hospitals, Insurers and Health Care Consumers," will have a significant impact on hospitals in Connecticut. Provisions in the new law...more

“Ain’t Wastin’ Time No More”* — Doctors, Vets, and Lawyers in the Antitrust Crosshairs

Supreme Court Decision in North Carolina State Board of Dental Examiners v. Federal Trade Commission Prompts Legal Challenges to State Professional Boards - Earlier this month a Texas federal district court judge granted a...more

FDA Reports Results of Annual Crack Down on Illegal Internet Pharmacies

Last week, FDA announced that more than 1,050 websites had illegal drugs and devices seized or received warning letters as part of the Eighth Annual International Internet Week of Action (IIWA). IIWA is an international...more

No Prescription For Consumer Protection

Allowing plaintiffs to pursue claims under consumer protection statutes in prescription medical product liability litigation is trying to pound a square peg into a ham sandwich. It doesn’t fit, and the combination isn’t very...more

New Law Continues to Require Out-of-Network Facility-Based Physicians to Notify Patients of Mediation Rights

Early last week, Gov. Greg Abbott signed SB 481 into law. The new law, which will become effective on September 1st, gives Texas consumers the option to mediate medical bills that they receive from out-of-network...more

Oregon Expands Data Breach Law

The modified law will expand the definition of personal information to include medical information and physical characteristics, and require notification to the state Attorney General. Businesses with customers in Oregon...more

Public Statements Made by Pharmaceutical and Biotech Company Executives May Raise FDA’s Hackles if They Do Not Meet Basic...

For players in the highly regulated pharmaceutical and health care industries, it is common knowledge that manufacturers and distributors of FDA-regulated products are required to promote their products in compliance with the...more

Health Care and Legal Services Providers Challenge State Regulatory Boards on Heels of SCOTUS State Action Antitrust Immunity...

On February 25, 2015, the U.S. Supreme Court narrowed the scope of antitrust immunity for state regulatory boards whose members are active market participants in the occupation regulated by the boards. In North Carolina State...more

New York Attorney General Pursues Dental Management Company for Corporate Practice Violation

Attorney General (AG) Eric Schneiderman announced a settlement With Aspen Dental Management (ADM). The Settlement Agreement requires ADM to pay $450,000 in Civil Penalties, after the AG found that the company was engaged in...more

A New Era of HIPAA Enforcement

Traditionally, HIPAA enforcement is assigned to the Department of Health and Human Services’ Office for Civil Rights (OCR). In November 2013, Health and Human Services’ Office of Inspector General sharply criticized OCR’s...more

Upcoming HIPAA Audits May Target Financial Institutions—Here’s How to Prepare

Much like a tornado watch, the conditions appear to be right for a coming storm: the upcoming Phase 2 HIPAA audits. The Department of Health and Human Services Office for Civil Rights (OCR) has begun verifying contact...more

FDA Determines Artificial Trans Fat Are No Longer “Generally Recognized as Safe”; Must Be Removed From Human Food By June 2018

Acting to finalize a tentative decision from 2013, FDA announced on June 15, 2015 that it was issuing a declaratory order that will require manufacturers to remove partially hydrogenated oils (PHOs) from processed foods over...more

Connecticut Legislature Passes Bill Mandating Identity Theft Protection Services Following Data Breach

Connecticut’s legislature has passed a bill that imposes strict new timing requirements for entities conducting business in the state that experience a data breach, which Governor Malloy reportedly intends to sign into law. ...more

Advocate Health data breach class action suit dismissal upheld by Appellate Court

In August of 2013, four computers of Advocate Health and Hospitals Corporation (Advocate Health) were stolen from one of its offices. The computers contained the names, dates of birth, Social Security numbers, health...more

FCC Uses Industry Requests for TCPA Clarity to “Close Loopholes” and “Empower Consumers” Rather Than to Afford More Than Token...

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) adopted a Declaratory Ruling and Order that resolves 19 petitions for declaratory ruling, one rulemaking petition and one petition for clarification, all arising out of an upsurge...more

FCC Approves TCPA Clarifications that Increase Potential for Liability

The Federal Communications Commission, in a divided vote, approved an order clarifying several long-simmering Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA) issues. While the order has not been officially released, the...more

Medical Informatics Engineering discloses data breach

Electronic health record (EHR) vendor Medical Informatics Engineering and its subsidiary, NoMoreClipBoard, which is a personal health record (PHR) product, notified its EHR clients and PHR individuals that it has been the...more

Is the Competition Bureau Targeting You? New IP Enforcement Guidelines

On June 9, 2015, the Canadian Competition Bureau released updated draft Intellectual Property Enforcement Guidelines (IPEGs) for public comment. The comment period is open until August 10, 2015. It is the third publication of...more

Federal Court Enjoins Texas Medical Board from Enforcing More Stringent Telemedicine Rules

On April 10, 2015, the Texas Medical Board (the “Board”) voted to adopt stricter regulations governing the practice of telemedicine, which were scheduled to go into effect June 3, 2015 (the “Revised Regulations”). The Board...more

Deeper Dive: Healthcare Incidents Involving More Than 500 Individuals Are Investigated 100 Percent of the Time

We have released the inaugural BakerHostetler Data Security Incident Response Report, which provides insights generated from the review of more than 200 incidents that our attorneys advised on in 2014. The report confirms the...more

Teladoc successful in thwarting new Texas telemedicine rules

We previously reported on the new telemedicine regulations adopted by the Texas Medical Board (Board), which requires that patients be seen face-to-face or in person to establish a physician-patient relationship in order to...more

All Eyes on Homeopathics: FTC Workshop Signals Targeted Regulatory Scrutiny of Homeopathic Products

On Tuesday, the Federal Trade Commission “FTC” announced it will be hosting a workshop in September to evaluate advertising for over-the-counter homeopathic products. Homeopathy is an alternative medicine practice dating back...more

Unfair Business Practices – Hospital’s “Facility Fee” Billed To New Patients

Justin Nolte et al., v. Cedars Sinai Medical Center - Court of Appeal, Second Appellate District (May 21, 2015) - Generally, a business practice is unfair if it violates established public policy or if it is...more

Doing Business In Connecticut? There's A New Data Security Law You Should Get To Know

This week the Connecticut House of Representatives passed Senate Bill 949, "An Act Improving Data Security and Agency Effectiveness," (the "Act") which includes new or modified State requirements concerning the security of...more

REMS and Antitrust: Latest Litigation Lessons

Brand name pharmaceutical companies have long stood in the way of generic pharmaceuticals entering the market. To keep generics at bay, brands have used a variety tactics, including ultimately unlawful ones like fraudulently...more

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