Dickinson Wright

500 Woodward Avenue Suite 4000
Detroit, Michigan 48226-3425, United States

Contact: Michael Kolb

  • 313-223-3500
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HIPAA Omnibus Rule: Deadline Approaching to Update Grandfathered Business Associate Agreements

Although the HIPAA Omnibus Rule (the “Rule”) went into effect nearly 18 months ago, the transition period for bringing business associate agreements into compliance with the Rule’s new requirements will end on September 23,…more
| Commercial Law & Contracts, Privacy, Health, Science, Computers, & Technology

Healthcare Legal News: Volume 4, Number 3 - Special Issue: HIPAA Update

Recent Trends in HIPAA Liability - Since the passage of the 2013 HIPAA Omnibus Rule, there has been a substantial increase in HIPAA enforcement actions brought by the Department of Health and Human Services, including an…more
| Civil Procedure, Consumer Protection, Privacy, Health, Science, Computers, & Technology

European Antitrust “Block Exemption” For Insurance Under Review

In the United States, the McCarran Ferguson Act (15 USC 1011-1015), enacted by Congress in 1945, provides the insurance industry with a limited exemption from the federal antitrust laws. The Act applies to all conduct that…more
| Antitrust & Trade Regulation, Insurance

Insurance Antitrust Legal News: Volume 3, Number 5

European Antitrust "Block Exemption" for Insurance Under Review: In the United States, the McCarran Ferguson Act (15 USC 1011-1015), enacted by Congress in 1945, provides the insurance industry with a limited exemption…more
| Antitrust & Trade Regulation, Commercial Law & Contracts, Criminal Law, Insurance, International Law & Trade

Major Changes Enacted for Canadian Trademark Law

The biggest changes to Canadian trademark law in 60 years are coming soon - most should be in force before the end of 2014. The changes will affect everyone whose business involves branding in Canada. While all of the…more
| Communications & Media Law, Intellectual Property, International Law & Trade

FBI Warning to Health Care Sector Holds True

In April of this year, the FBI issued a Private Industry Notification (PIN) to the health care industry warning of the “likely increase [in] cyber intrusions against health care systems.” In the same month, and into June of this…more
| Criminal Law, Privacy, Consumer Protection, Health, Science, Computers, & Technology

Tennessee Attorney General States that Physical Therapists Cannot Perform Trigger-Point Dry Needling

In an opinion released on June 19, 2014, the Office of the Tennessee Attorney General stated that Physical Therapists cannot lawfully perform Intramuscular Manual Therapy or Trigger-Point Dry Needling. Dry Needling therapy…more
| Administrative Law, Health

Laboratory Payments to Physicians for Specimen Processing Present Substantial Risk of Fraud and Abuse

The United States Office of Inspector General (“OIG”) recently issued a “Special Fraud Alert” focusing on two potentially illegal trends that it has detected in arrangements between laboratories and their referring physicians…more
| Health, Science, Computers, & Technology

HHS Heat Initiative Continues Fraud Crackdown

A number of recent cases demonstrate Health and Human Services’ (“HHS”) Health Care Fraud Prevention and Enforcement Action Team’s (“HEAT”) continued success in cracking down on healthcare provider fraud. Since 2009, the federal…more
| Health, Government Contracting

Expanding Employer Responsibilities in Ontario Regarding Employee Parent and Family Obligations

A recent decision of the Federal Court of Appeal in connection with a decision of the Canadian Human Rights Tribunal has attempted to clarify the obligation of an employer to accommodate employee needs in the context of "family…more
| Civil Procedure, Civil Rights, Labor & Employment Law

Peer Review is not always Privileged

Hospitals, ambulatory surgery centers and independent diagnostic centers cannot exist without physicians and other medical providers. In order to practice at those facilities, the medical professional often is required to be…more
| Civil Procedure, Health

Storming the CASL - Your email to Canada may now be against the law

Canada’s Anti-Spam Legislation (CASL) took effect July 1, 2014. CASL prohibits sending commercial electronic messages (CEMs) such as email, to parties in Canada without consent. If you don’t have consent or fall under one of the…more
| Commercial Law & Contracts, Communications & Media Law, Consumer Protection, Privacy, International Law & Trade

Auto Repair Shop Antitrust Actions May Be Consolidated into Multidistrict Litigation

Over the course of the last several months, auto body repair shops in five states (Florida, Mississippi, Indiana, Utah and Tennessee) filed antitrust actions against a collection of auto insurers, alleging that the insurers’…more
| Antitrust & Trade Regulation, Civil Procedure, Commercial Law & Contracts

Do Subsidized Health Care Plans Purchased Under the Affordable Care Act Trigger the Anti-Kickback Statute?

The advent of federally subsidized private pay health insurance under the Affordable Care Act has the potential to expand the application of the federal anti-kickback statute beyond just Medicare, Medicaid, and Tricare. The…more
| Health

HIPAA Violation Results in $4.8 Million Settlement

While most healthcare providers know to pay close attention to the HIPAA rules when setting up their information technology systems, recent events have demonstrated that this close scrutiny should also be applied to computer…more
| Privacy, Health, Science, Computers, & Technology
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