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The State AG Report Weekly Update

by Cozen O'Connor on

Consumer Protection- 14 AGs Oppose Rollback of FCC Net Neutrality Protections- 14 Democratic AGs, led by Illinois AG Lisa Madigan, submitted comments urging the Federal Communications Commission (“FCC”) to ensure open...more

French Companies Must Show Duty of Care for Human and Environmental Rights

by Morgan Lewis on

After the Constitutional Court rendered its recent decision on the law regarding the duty of care of parent companies and ordering companies, the rule has finally entered into force—but is it much ado about nothing?...more

DOJ/FTC Joint Guidance for Human Resources Professionals Suggests Broad Antitrust Risks

by Pierce Atwood LLP on

Provisions restricting the hiring of another company’s employees are often included in vendor agreements and a variety of corporate transactions and licenses. And it’s not unusual to see similar constraints adopted in...more

HHS Fact Sheet on Your Employees’ and Clients’ Rights under HIPAA to Access their Health Information

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA), Public Law 104-191, contains extensive rules designed to limit access by non-health plan entities to certain individually identifiable health...more

News from the Vermont Statehouse - An analysis from DRM's Government & Public Affairs Team

Committee Decides Physician Acquisition Disclosure Bill Is Unnecessary - The Senate Health and Welfare Committee has decided not to pursue consideration of S.245, a proposal to require disclosure of new affiliations...more

Hospice EndNotes - December 2015

by Poyner Spruill LLP on

Winds of Change Blowing Across the Hospice Landscape - Recent Medicare developments indicate that end-of-life health care providers can expect to face continuing change in an already dynamic sector. These latest turns...more

Experts cite employee wellness programs as area of data privacy concern

In an effort to curb rising healthcare costs, many employers have introduced wellness programs, which use assessments and motivators to improve employee health. Such programs collect information from various sources including...more

Hong Kong Commissioner upgrades rules for processing biometric data

by Reed Smith on

The Hong Kong Commissioner has published guidance (‘Guidance’) to assist data users in complying with Hong Kong’s privacy laws when processing biometric data, and takes a broader approach than previous guidance dealing with...more

Back to School – HIPAA 101

After a summer that saw major data breaches at the Office of Personnel Management and UCLA Health System, this fall is a great time to take your organization back to school on HIPAA compliance and data security. Here are...more

OSHA Provides Guidance on Health Care and Nursing Facility Enforcement Initiative

The federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) recently released a memorandum clarifying its enforcement efforts against the inpatient health care and nursing home industries. The list of covered facilities...more

Health Care E-Note - March 2015

by Burr & Forman on

In This E-Note: - Health Care Reform in America: The Good, The Bad and The Ugly - The Federal False Claims Act - Violations of Conditions of Payment or Conditions of Participation? - State Regulatory...more

NY Attorney General Enters into Far-Reaching Settlement with Largest Credit Reporting Agencies

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman recently announced that his office reached a landmark settlement with the nation’s three leading credit reporting agencies (CRAs) that will require them to significantly reform,...more

Premera Cyber-Attack Announced: Defining Your Obligations as an Employer

by Davis Wright Tremaine LLP on

On March 17, 2015, Premera announced a data breach involving the personal information of more than 11 million individuals resulting from what it characterized as a sophisticated, targeted cyber-attack. Employers and plan...more

Anthem Data Breach Requires Plan Sponsor Attention

by Franczek Radelet P.C. on

On January 29, 2015, Anthem Inc., one of the largest managed health care companies in the country, disclosed that the sensitive personal data of almost 80 million current and former participants in its network was breached in...more

“Bring Your Own Device” To Work Programs: Regulatory and Legal Risks and How To Minimize Them

by Poyner Spruill LLP on

If you’ve ever left your mobile phone on an airplane, in a restaurant, or somewhere other than in your possession, you know it’s frightening enough to think of losing the device itself, which costs a premium, as well as your...more

Responding to the Anthem Cyber Attack

Anthem Inc. (Anthem), the nation’s second-largest health insurer, revealed late on Wednesday, February 4 that it was the victim of a significant cyber attack. According to Anthem, the attack exposed personal information of...more

Employers: What the Anthem Breach Means to You

by Davis Wright Tremaine LLP on

On Feb. 4, 2015, Anthem announced a data breach involving the personal information of more than 80 million individuals resulting from what it characterized as a sophisticated, targeted cyber-attack. Group health plans may be...more

Anthem Breach – Implications for What Constitutes “Reasonable” Security Procedures Under California Law.

by Nossaman LLP on

Upwards of 80 million Americans may be affected by the Anthem data breach.  According to Anthem’s press release, the hackers gained access to the names, birthdays, medical IDs/social security numbers, street addresses, email...more

Anthem, Inc. Breach

by Benesch on

Anthem, Inc., the country’s second biggest health insurer, announced on Wednesday, February 4, 2015, that it suffered a data breach containing the personal information for about 80 million customers and employees due to an...more

Health Care Update - December 2014 #4

Let’s Get to Work: OIG Releases 2015 Work Plan, Focusing on Long-Term Care and Health Reform - The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS)--Office of Inspector General (OIG) released its 2015 Work Plan (Work...more

Arrival of Ebola Virus Prompts Policyholders to Assess Insurance Coverage

by K&L Gates LLP on

With news of the Ebola virus arriving in the United States, many companies are moving quickly to protect the health and safety of their employees and customers. At the same time, some insurance providers have already...more

Health Update - September 2014

Engaging Patients While Addressing Their Privacy Concerns: The Experience of Project HealthDesign - Patients are using the Internet, personal health records (PHRs) and mobile applications or “apps” to collect and...more

New Arizona Physician Fingerprinting Requirements for Renewal and Initial License Applications

by Snell & Wilmer on

As of September 2, 2014, physicians in Arizona applying for initial medical licenses or renewing their medical licenses are required to submit a fingerprint card along with the application to the Arizona Medical Board in...more

Where There’s Smoke, There’s Proposed Regulation: FDA Seeks to Bring E-Cigarettes Within Its Regulatory Authority

On April 24, 2014, the Food and Drug Administration (“FDA”) released a proposed rule (the “Proposed Rule”) that will expand its authority to regulate items like electronic cigarettes (“e-cigarettes”). The Proposed Rule...more

Weekly Update from the State House - March 28, 2014: The House met in a Joint Assembly with the Senate to hear Lt. Governor...

by Nexsen Pruet, PLLC on

Details from Each Chamber - HOUSE: The House worked through their calendar this week. The House met in a Joint Assembly with the Senate on Wednesday to hear Lt. Governor McConnell's address on the State's Aging...more

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