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Hackers aren’t the only ones after company information. Earlier this week, Wills Fortune 500, a unit of Wills Group Holdings, a global insurance broker providing insurance and risk management services, made available its own...more
HIPAA, as enacted in 1996, directed the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services (DHHS) to issue regulations requiring health plans to protect the privacy of health information and to provide reasonable and appropriate...more
In This Issue:
Leading the News; Implementation of the Affordable Care Act; Other HHS and Federal Regulatory Initiatives; Other Congressional and State Initiatives; Other Health Care News; and Hearings and Mark-Ups...more
On May 28, 2013, the New York State Department of Financial Services (DFS) sent inquiries to 31 of the largest life, health and property/casualty insurance companies pursuant to its authority under Section 308 of the New York...more
On May 28, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo announced an inquiry into the measures employed by insurance companies to protect their customers and companies from cyber threats....more
Last month, Part One of this article addressed the role of traditional insurance in covering cyber risks. This second installment first continues the discussion of traditional insurance coverages and then addresses specialty...more
On May 17, 2013, the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Georgia issued an order that joins an unsettling line of decisions suggesting that before filling prescriptions, pharmacies must serve as the arbiters of...more
Two recent decisions emphasize yet again the value of defining and taking steps to protect a company’s trade secrets.
On May 16, 2013, Judge England issued a preliminary injunction in Farmers Insurance Exchange v....more
More and more companies are considering specialized cyber insurance policies to insure against cyber breaches.
Starting June 17, state Medicaid Fraud Control Units (MFCUs) can use federal funding to pay for data mining, according to a final rule published by the Department of Health and Human Services Office of Inspector General in...more
License agreements often contain indemnities. An indemnity is a contractual obligation to step in and reimburse some financial obligation such as a liability, loss, or damage. In essence, the party giving the indemnity will...more
While much of the discussion around cybersecurity tends to focus on critical information sectors, national security, and the concerns of global corporations, data breaches can be just as devastating for small and medium-sized...more
Cyber Risks Faced by Small Business Owners -
Small business owners’ anxiety levels are in the red zone because of the barrage of news about hacking incidents that target businesses’ ongoing operations. While those...more
The cloud is all the rage these days. Cloud computing, that is.
When a business uses a cloud computing service, its data storage and application server needs are handled by a third party provider that it can connect to via...more
The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (“HIPAA”) sets forth rules to protect the privacy and security of individuals’ health information that is held by “covered entities,” such as group health plans....more
New HIPAA Rule Affects Providers’ Notice of Privacy Practices -
The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (“HIPAA”) requires health care providers to inform patients of the providers’ legal duties and the...more
Weighing in at half the length of Tolstoy’s legendary tome War and Peace, it is no surprise that the thought of the impending deadline for compliance with the 538-page HIPAA Omnibus Rule has left many small clinical...more
OIG continues its aggressive interpretation of scope and effect of exclusion from participation in Federal health care programs and clarifies several open questions....more
The Office of the Inspector General (OIG) released a Special Fraud Alert on March 26, 2013 warning that physician-owned distributorships (PODs) are "inherently suspect" under the Anti-Kickback Statute (AKS). Generally...more
Since 2003, all but four states have enacted laws concerning data breaches and the protection of consumers’ personal information. This regulation of electronic data containing personal information and the protection of such...more
There’s no denying that the present-day Internet, while extraordinary, is increasingly scary. Cyber attacks of various types continue to escalate across the globe. As stated by one recent commentator: “Cybercrime is raging...more
Society is increasingly becoming paperless as people are able to accomplish most things electronically. In Wisconsin, the State Senate recognized this trend by passing a bill that would allow drivers to show proof of their...more
The deadline for compliance with the new HIPAA Omnibus Rule is looming for group health plans. As explained in a prior blog, stiff penalties may be imposed on employers whose plans fail to comply. Accordingly, employers...more
On April 15, 2013, the United States Supreme Court denied a petition for certiorari brought by GlaxoSmithKline (“Glaxo”) seeking review of a Third Circuit decision in favor of Humana Medical Plan (“Humana”), as a Medicare...more
In this issue:
- What Your Business Needs To Do About Hipaa — Now
- Action Items for Covered Entities and Business Associates (including Subcontractors)
- Changes Impacting Business Associates (including...more
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