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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

OIG Warns Lab “Pull-Through” Arrangements May Be Illegal

In an important advisory opinion, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of Inspector General (OIG) gave a thumbs-down to a proposed clinical laboratory “pull-through” arrangement even though the patients in...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

Shift Labs Continues Trend Toward Consumer Wireless Healthcare Devices

The medical device market is expanding into more private healthcare products in hopes of bringing healthcare directly to the user.  For example, the increase in popularity of wearable diagnostic devices, such as FitBit,...more

OIG: Exclusive laboratory arrangement may violate Antikickback Statute and result in exclusion for excessive charges

On March 25, 2015, the Office of Inspector General (“OIG”) issued Advisory Opinion 15-04, which found that an exclusive arrangement between a laboratory and its referring physician practices could violate the Federal...more

Obama Administration Announces Plan to Combat Antibiotic Resistant Bacteria

On March 27, 2015, the Obama Administration released its National Action Plan for Combating Antibiotic Resistant Bacteria (NAP), a five-year, government-wide plan to address the spread of resistant bacteria. The main...more

HHS Publishes Proposed Stage 3 EHR Incentive Program, Health IT Certification Rules

On March 30, 2015, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) published its proposed rule on Stage 3 meaningful use criteria, which focus on the advanced use of Electronic Health Record (EHR) technology to promote...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

Blog: West Virginia Repeals State’s Pharmaceutical Advertising Disclosure Law

The Governor of West Virginia signed last week Senate Bill 267 to repeal the Code provisions that created the Governor’s Office of Health Enhancement and Lifestyle Planning (GOHELP)....more

Health Alert (Australia) - March 30, 2015

In This Issue: Judgments; Legislation; and Reports. Excerpt from Judgments: New South Wales - 25 March 2015 - Smythe v Burgman (No 2) [2015] NSWSC 150 - The New South Wales Supreme Court has held...more

Washington Healthcare Update

This Week: House Approves FY 2016 Budget Proposal... House Passes Permanent SGR Reform and Two-Year CHIP Reauthorization... Senate Passes FY 2016 Budget Plan... HHS Report: ACA Led to $7.4 Billion Decline in Uncompensated...more

Perspectives on the President’s Precision Medicine Initiative

President Obama’s “precision medicine initiative” earmarked over $200 million from his proposed 2016 budget to “bring us closer to curing diseases like cancer and diabetes – and to give all of us access to the personalized...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

Colorado Passes “Full Parity” Telemedicine Law, Although Some Gaps Remain

On March 20, 2015, Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper signed into law HB 15-1029, which requires that insurers operating in Colorado reimburse health care providers for telehealth services in all of Colorado’s counties,...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

Blog: Class Action Following Health Information Data Breach

As we discussed in our previous post, Premera Blue Cross (Premera) recently revealed that it suffered a massive data breach potentially exposing the personal data of 11 million customers. ...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

N.D. Cal Interprets the Biological Price Competition Act

Amgen Inc., et al. v. Sandoz Inc., et al., No. 14-cv-04741RS - On March 19, the Northern District of California became the first court to interpret two key provisions of the Biological Price Competition Act: whether...more

Blog: OIG Releases Advisory Opinion Regarding Laboratory and Physician Practice Agreement

On March 25, 2015, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of Inspector General (“OIG”) posted Advisory Opinion No. 15-04. In the opinion, the OIG addresses a laboratory’s proposal to enter into agreements...more

OIG Finds Exclusive Lab Arrangement May Violate Anti-Kickback Statute

Yesterday the Office of Inspector General for the Department of Health and Human Services (the “OIG”) issued Advisory Opinion 15-04 (“Advisory Opinion”) in which it found that an exclusive arrangement between a laboratory...more

Congressional Health Policy Hearings

Congressional committees have held several hearings this week on health policy issues. On March 24, the Energy and Commerce Health Subcommittee held a hearing on the 340B drug pricing program....more

340B Drug Pricing Program Questioned by Congressional Subcommittee

In This Issue: - Recent Developments for Multiemployer Pension Plans - Witness Statements - Questions & Answers - For More Information - Excerpt from Recent Developments for Multiemployer...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

FDA Issues Draft Guidance on Use of Electronic Informed Consent in Clinical Trials

On March 9, 2015, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) released a draft guidance, Use of Electronic Informed Consent in Clinical Investigations – Questions and Answers, that provides recommendations for clinical...more

Increased FTC Enforcement as FDA Deregulates Low-Risk Health IT Devices

The FTC steps up enforcement of misleading software and mobile app promotional claims as FDA deregulates low-risk health IT devices. In recent weeks, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has taken several enforcement...more

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