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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

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

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

FCC Clarifies the Requirements for Sending Wireless Calls and Text Messages to Patients

The Federal Communications Commission ("FCC") recently clarified questions surrounding wireless patient calls and text messages, and the requirements of the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (“TCPA”). The TCPA protects...more

FDA Regulatory and Compliance Monthly Recap — September 2015

Pacira sues FDA, alleging it illegally attempted to restrict truthful and non-misleading speech about its post-surgery pain drug Exparel - The drugmaker filed a First Amendment suit seeking an injunction to prevent the...more

Avoiding the Costly “Robo No-No”

The Telephone Consumer Protection Act (“TCPA”) was enacted to protect consumers from intrusive robocalls, but Congress probably did not foresee that it would result in a windfall for plaintiff’s lawyers. Virtually every...more

Health Care and Life Sciences Practice Newsletter

Lions and Tigers and Bears, Oh My! The Unexpected Laws that May Affect Your Telehealth Business - An increasing number of health care providers are exploring telemedicine, either as an adjunct to their primary physical...more

NLRB Extends Its Email Rule to the Health Care Workplace

The National Labor Relations Board (Board) continues its scrutiny of employer policies—this time striking down an email policy designed to ensure that health care employees provide patient care without distraction. UPMC, 362...more

Focus on the TCPA: Consolidated Appeal of FCC’s TCPA Order Continues to Grow

The Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC) July 10, 2015 Declaratory Ruling and Order on the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA) was received by many in the business community with great concern. The Order’s seemingly...more

Clarification on the TCPA’s Exemption for Health Care-Related Calls

The Declaratory Ruling and Order issued by the Federal Communications Commission (“FCC”) July 10, 2015, clarified several sections of the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (“TCPA”), including addressing a petition filed by...more

FCC Releases Guidance on Autodialing and Pre-Recorded Voice Calls to Wireless Phone Numbers

This past July, the Federal Communications Commission (“FCC”) released a ruling (the “Ruling”) interpreting the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (“TPCA”) restrictions on certain communications to wireless telephone numbers....more

Telemedicine or just a gadget for fitness addicts? Mobile Health Apps and the law

Mobile health (mHealth) apps are becoming more and more popular. Back in 2013, more than 97,000 health apps were already on the market. According to the European Commission (EC), this figure now amounts to around 100,000...more

Mobile Health Devices and Cybersecurity: Federal Guidance for Management of Threats in Medical Devices

New Technology = New Threats - With new technology comes new security concerns. But when that new technology is in the medical field, the cybersecurity vulnerabilities can be particularly devastating. The...more

Six Ways for Data-Driven Medical Device Companies to Implement Effective Privacy and Security Measures

The increasing amounts of health information being generated, stored and collected have heightened the special risks medical device manufacturers have long faced. In addition to the nexus to patient health and safety, if a...more

Health Care Entities Get Clarity from FCC on Telephone Communications

The health care industry is in the midst of rapid change as governments fight rising health care costs, providers look to comply with myriad new regulations, and technology continues to take a more prominent role in the...more

The FCC's TCPA Regulatory Ruling Imposes Tighter Call Restrictions

Last month, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) released a long awaited declaratory ruling and order, FCC 15-72, addressing several petitions which sought clarification of or exemptions from Telephone Consumer...more

NIST Issues Draft Guidance for Mobile Health Data

With health care breaches constantly on the rise, increasing access to electronic health records (EHRs) from mobile devices, and more prevalent “shadow” cloud use, health care organizations are getting a bit of help from the...more

NIST releases draft guide for use of mobile devices for medical providers

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) cybersecurity center released a draft guide last week for health IT professionals to use to bolster security for the use of mobile devices in the health care industry....more

Guest Post - Just the Fax, Ma’am

While Bexis is on vacation, here is a guest post to take up some of the slack. Our guest blogger today is Henry Pietrkowski, a partner in Reed Smith's Chicago office. This one's a little different. It's about the impace of...more

FCC Ruling Addresses Robocalls by Health Care Providers

Mintz Levin’s Communications Practice recently released a Communications Advisory discussing a Declaratory Ruling and Order released by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC). The ruling clarified and expanded the reach...more

Cloud Sharing Apps Scrutinized for ePHI

In a relatively short time period, the direct costs of document storage have dropped precipitously, and cloud-based document storage has become ubiquitous. Clearly, this is a wave of the future. But a recent settlement...more

US Federal Communications Commission’s Recent Order Expands Potential Liability under the Telephone Consumer Protection Act for...

“This Order will make abuse of the TCPA much, much easier. And the primary beneficiaries will be trial lawyers, not the American public.” That’s what FCC Commissioner Ajit Pai had to say in his dissent from the FCC’s recent...more

FCC Order Creates New TCPA Challenges for Companies

As previously reported, the Federal Communications Commission recently approved a Declaratory Ruling and Order (the Order) addressing a number of petitions that requested the FCC clarify its interpretations of the Telephone...more

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