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Revoked: CMS's New Take on Record Retention and Access

Recently, we have noticed an alarming increase within the Spilman footprint of revocations by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services ("CMS") of physicians' Medicare billing privileges. In particular, CMS has been...more

In New York, It's a Crime to Help Someone Commit Suicide

by Melito & Adolfsen on

Everyone Has the Right to Refuse Life Saving Medical Treatment But New York Statutes Prohibiting Assisted Suicide Are Constitutional - Kirk Kekorian, a medical doctor, brought nationwide attention to the idea of assisting...more

Recent Arrest of Utah Nurse Causes a Necessary, but Unfortunate Policy Change for the Hospital

by Nexsen Pruet, PLLC on

The Incident - On July 26, 2017, multiple media sources reported a head nurse in a Utah hospital’s burn unit was arrested for refusing to allow the taking of a blood sample by a University of Utah police officer from an...more

North Carolina Law Requires Nurses to Comply with Police Demand for Blood Draw

The drawing of blood by healthcare providers for law enforcement purposes has been big news lately. In June, the North Carolina Supreme Court held in a case of first impression that North Carolina’s implied consent statute...more

Cyber Briefing: Second “Envelope” Lawsuit Against Aetna, Yahoo to Answer for 1.5 Billion Hacked Accounts and Eighth Circuit...

As we head into the new week, here’s a quick summary of major data security developments from around the country. Aetna Hit With Second “Envelope” Lawsuit - Aetna Inc. is now facing a second lawsuit over the disclosure...more

D.C. Circuit Holds Cyber-Theft of Customers’ Medical Identifying Information Created Sufficient Increased Risk of Harm to...

Earlier this month, an appellate panel of the federal DC Circuit unanimously held that individuals affected by a healthcare insurer’s data breach in 2014 could pursue claims against the insurer stemming from the cyberattack....more

Ninth Circuit Victory Opens the Door to Medicaid Reimbursement Challenges Based on Equal Access Requirement

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

The Ninth Circuit held August 7 that the Department of Health and Human Services Secretary erred in approving a Medicaid State Plan Amendment (SPA) that cut reimbursement for outpatient hospital services in California by 10%...more

Recent 11th Circuit Decision Is a Victory for Health Care Providers Challenging Insurer Reimbursement Decisions and a Reminder of...

by K&L Gates LLP on

The existence and scope of assignments of benefits from patients to health care providers continues to be critically important to a provider’s ability to challenge an insurer’s reimbursement decision under the Employee...more

New York Appellate Court Curtails NY AG Investigatory Subpoena on Constitutional Grounds

by Jones Day on

On June 21, 2017, a New York appellate court curtailed on constitutional grounds an investigative subpoena issued by the New York Attorney General. In the Matter of Evergreen Assoc., Inc., 54 N.Y.S.2d. 135 (App. Div. 2017)....more

Ninth Circuit Raises Bar for Approving Changes in State Medicaid Reimbursement

by Perkins Coie on

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit Court raised the bar last week for what states must prove to establish that their Medicaid provider reimbursement rates are sufficient to ensure a robust network of providers...more

D.C. Circuit Finds that Theft of Health Insurance Subscriber ID Numbers Is a Cognizable Injury in Identity Theft Litigation

by Moore & Van Allen PLLC on

Recently, the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled in Attias v. CareFirst, Inc., No. 16-7108, that customers had standing to sue a health insurer for a 2014 data breach in which the customers’ information was stolen. ...more

The Past, Present, and Future of Government Regulation of Off-Label Communications – Part 4

Picking up from my last installment of this series exploring the regulatory history of off-label communication, this post highlights some recent trends in FDA enforcement and guidance related to off-label promotion. Not...more

The DC Circuit Opens the Door to Data Breach Plaintiffs Alleging Substantial Risk of Future ID Theft

by Fenwick & West LLP on

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit has held that allegations of a heightened risk of future identity theft resulting from a data breach established a concrete injury at the pleading stage....more

West Virginia Doctor Secures Temporary Restraining Order Against Medicare Exclusion

by Tucker Arensberg, P.C. on

In Robie v. Price, Dr. Robie successfully obtained a temporary restraining order prohibiting CMS from terminating his Medicare billing privileges prior to the exhaustion of his administrative remedies by the U.S. District...more

Are DC Federal Courts the Next Hotbed for Data Breach Class Actions?

by Carlton Fields on

We have previously reported on the evolving circuit split over standing in data breach class actions. On August 1st, a three judge panel for the District of Columbia Circuit became the latest to weigh in on the issue. In...more

ERISA Procedural Rights Violations Can Still State Federal Claims

Last year, the United States Supreme Court decided Spokeo v. Robins, holding that a procedural violation of a statute is insufficient to create a “concrete” injury and confer standing if the plaintiff suffered no real harm....more

PhRMA Comment on the FDA’s Proposed Off-label Rule: The Rule of Law is the Best Medicine

by Reed Smith on

The FDA cannot get out of its own way on the issue of off-label communications. Its power to punish off-label promotion comes from an odd regulatory two-step, whereby off-label promotions are said to prove an indicated use...more

Nebraska Med Mal Cap Survives 7th, 5th & 14th Amendment Attacks

by Faegre Baker Daniels on

The US Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit has upheld Nebraska’s statutory medical malpractice limit, rejecting attacks that were based on the Seventh, Fifth, and Fourteenth Amendments of the US Constitution. After a...more

Wisconsin appeals court rejects legal changes that GOP seeks nationally

Even as congressional Republicans advance their counter-factual campaign to strip patients who have been harmed while seeking medical services of their rights to seek legal redress, another state appeals court has rejected...more

Texas Supreme Court Disputes Reach of Obergefell in Employee Benefits Case

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Seyfarth Synopsis: The Texas Supreme Court held that the U.S. Supreme Court’s landmark marriage equality decision, Obergefell v. Hodges, did not dispositively address how far government employers must go in providing benefits...more

Texas Dentistry Regulation Has No Teeth

by Faegre Baker Daniels on

A divided Fifth Circuit has affirmed a lower court ruling that an advertising restriction promulgated by the Texas State Board of Dental Examiners violates the First Amendment rights of the plaintiff dentists. The Texas...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

Law Review Article on Off-label is On Target

by Reed Smith on

More than once we’ve said that we read law review articles so you don’t have to. We separate the wheat from the chaff. The wheat is scarce. That is because law review articles usually drown the little bits of objective...more

NC Legislative Update: June 2017 #3

by Nexsen Pruet, PLLC on

This Week - Cpl. Dillon C. Baldridge, a native of Youngsville, NC, was one of three soldiers killed in Afghanistan on June 10th, 2017. We are eternally grateful for his service to this country and for his sacrifice. Our...more

The Past, Present, and Future of Government Regulation of Off-Label Communications – Part 3

This is Part 3 in my series exploring the history of FDA’s regulation of off-label communications, which has become newly relevant in light of the recent events highlighted in Part 1. In this installment, I continue...more

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