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Protecting Communications From PR Privilege Issues

by Pepper Hamilton LLP on

Two recent cases in state appellate court show the risks of sharing privileged communications with public relations consultants. But they also provide practical guidance on how to protect the confidentiality of...more

A New Hurdle for Medical Malpractice Claimants: Legislation Establishing Medical Review Panels Takes Effect in Kentucky

by Reminger Co., LPA on

In a step toward tort reform, on June 29, 2017, Senate Bill 4 was signed into law and went into effect in Kentucky as KRS 216C.005 et seq., establishing a requirement that all potential medical malpractice lawsuits first be...more

Health Alert (Australia) 17 July 2017

by DLA Piper on

In This Issue: - Judgments; Legislation; and Reports. - Excerpts from Judgments: 26 June 2017 - Dr Praneal Dutt Sharma v Dr Phillip Segal and Dr Greg Chen [2017] NSWSC 867 - CONTRACT – commercial agreement...more

Public Act 17-241 — An Act Concerning Fairness in Pharmacy and Pharmacy Benefits Manager Contracts

Connecticut Governor Dannel P. Malloy recently signed into law Public Act 17-241 (PA 17-241), which contains provisions concerning facility fees, the sending and receiving of electronic health records between hospitals and...more

More on King v. Bryant and Health Care Arbitration Agreements

by Ward and Smith, P.A. on

As discussed in an earlier article, the North Carolina Supreme Court recently held, in King v. Bryant, that physicians have a fiduciary relationship with their patients due to the special relationship of trust and confidence...more

2017 Digital Health Funding For Emerging Companies Setting Records

by Cozen O'Connor on

2017 is setting records for the funding of digital health emerging companies according to two recent reports. Two leading digital health stakeholders StartUp Health and Rock Health published separate reports in the last two...more

Class Action and Regulatory Settlements Reflect the Rising Cost of Data Breaches

by Carlton Fields on

As the number of data breaches continues to increase, so too do the costs. After a breach occurs, companies typically expend significant sums conducting investigations, notifying customers and regulators, and engaging in...more

WPI Insider Briefing: Workplace Policy under the Trump Administration Begins to Take Shape as "Repeal and Replace" of the ACA...

by Littler on

Five months into President Trump's term, his administration's workplace policy is beginning to take shape. From notable developments at the Department of Labor (DOL), to long-awaited nominations to the National Labor...more

Anthem Terminates Merger Deal with Cigna; Litigation Continues in Delaware Chancery Court

by Baker Ober Health Law on

On May 12, Anthem announced that it was terminating all efforts to complete its proposed merger with Cigna. The deal, announced back in 2015 and valued at $54 billion, would have combined the country's second and fifth...more

Healthcare & Life Sciences Private Equity Deal Tracker: Intelligent Retinal Imaging Systems Closes Round of Series B Financing

by McGuireWoods LLP on

Intelligent Retinal Imaging Systems (IRIS) has announced it has successfully closed a round of Series B financing. IRIS, based in Pensacola, Fla., is a developer of early detection systems for diabetic eye disease....more

Tick Tock Tick Tock, When a Breach Occurs, You’re on the Clock!

As a reminder that state attorneys general have enforcement authority over breach notifications, the New York Attorney General recently announced a $130,000 settlement for a failing to provide breach notification in a...more

Baird Capital Closes Global Fund at $310 Million

by McGuireWoods LLP on

Baird Capital has announced it has closed its first global fund with a total of approximately $310 million. The fund invests in lower middle-market companies in healthcare and other sectors in the United States, United...more

Both Sides Equal Under the First Amendment

by Reed Smith on

There’s a problem with attorney advertising in the prescription medical product space – but it’s not the one you normally hear us defense-side litigators kvetching about. Quite apart from its litigation-generating effects,...more

Physician Employment Contracts: How to Avoid Conflict if an Employment Relationship Sours

In the ever-changing healthcare industry, one consistent trend has emerged in recent years—a shift from physicians being employed by physician-owned practices to physicians being employed by larger healthcare entities. In the...more

State Budget Wrap-Up: Extensive Public Policy And Funding Changes - What You Need To Know

by Roetzel & Andress on

Just before the midnight deadline on Friday, Governor John R. Kasich signed the state’s two-year operating budget into law. The Governor first released his budget proposal in January 2017 and the Legislature has spent the...more

News from Second & State

Weekly Wrap - Today is the day. On the last day of the fiscal year, the House and Senate are still in Harrisburg working on a budget and revenue plan. The General Appropriations Act, H.B. 218 (Saylor, R-York), passed in...more

Senators Urge the Administration to Certify Imports of Prescription Drugs from Canada, Pharmaceutical & Medical Device Update,...

by Jones Day on

On May 15, 2017, Sens. Charles Grassley (R-IA), John McCain (R-AZ), and Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) sent a letter to the Office of Management and Budget ("OMB") Director Mick Mulvaney prompting him to work with the Department of...more

Seventh Circuit Affirms Grant of Summary Judgment in Hospital Antitrust Case

by King & Spalding on

On June 9, 2017, the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit affirmed the lower court’s grant of summary judgment in Methodist Health Services Corp. v. OSF Healthcare System d/b/a Saint Francis Medical Center,...more

Antitrust Challenge to Narrow Network Products – 7th Circuit Rules in Favor of Exclusive Agreement

by Ruder Ware on

The health care market has recently seen a resurgence in narrow network products. To a significant degree, the resurgence of these products has been driven by the need for managed care plans looking for new avenues to help...more

Public-Private Partnerships Could Bolster Healthcare Cybersecurity Efforts

by Jackson Lewis P.C. on

Protecting data in the healthcare industry continues to be an area of focus for regulators and lawmakers. HIPAA Journal noted that in 2016 more HIPAA covered entities reported breaches than in any other year since the U.S....more

Florida Governor Signs Medical Marijuana Law

by Jackson Lewis P.C. on

Last November, Florida voters overwhelmingly voted to amend the Florida Constitution to permit the use of medical marijuana. The constitutional amendment went into effect on January 3, 2017, and required regulations to be...more

Healthcare & Life Sciences Private Equity Deal Tracker: GTCR Acquires GreatCall

by McGuireWoods LLP on

GTCR has announced it will acquire GreatCall. GTCR, founded in 1980 and based in Chicago, is a PE firm that invests in a number of sectors, including healthcare. Since its inception, GTCR has invested more than $12 billion...more

Florida Medical Marijuana Licensure Update

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

After no bill was passed during the 2017 regular session, the Florida Legislature passed Senate Bill 8A in a special session and provided for the issuance of 10 new “Medical Marijuana Treatment Center” (MMTC) licenses to...more

Employers Permitted to Modify Retiree Benefits Following Expiration of CBA

In a closely watched case for employers, the Third Circuit Court of Appeals, which has jurisdiction in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Delaware and the U.S. Virgin Islands, recently held that retiree healthcare benefits provided in...more

Seventh Circuit Finds Exclusive Dealing in Hospital-Payer Case Pro Competitive

“But what is more common than exclusive dealing?” Affirming summary judgment for defendant Saint Francis Medical Center, the Seventh Circuit recently held that the hospital’s contracts with health care insurers—though...more

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