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Health Care Provider Insights - Introductory Edition

by Wilson Elser on

Welcome to the introductory edition of Health Care Provider Insights. We are practice management consultants, providing legal and business management advice and assistance to physicians and dentists (health care...more

FBI Warns Healthcare Industry about Vulnerability of FTP Servers

The FBI issued a Private Industry Alert on March 22, 2017, to health and dental providers entitled “Cyber Criminals Targeting FTP Servers to Compromise Protected Health Information” specifically warning health and dental...more

A New FBI Warning for Healthcare Providers

The FBI has issued new guidance specifically applicable to medical and dental facilities regarding the cybersecurity risk of File Transfer Protocol (“FTP”) servers operating in “anonymous” mode. FTPs are routinely used to...more

Hey Dentists: No Business Associate Agreement, No Problem

by Ruder Ware on

According to the U.S. Health and Human Services Office for Civil Rights (OCR), dental practices are not required to have a business associate agreement with their dental laboratory before sharing protected health...more

Pending Alabama Tax Legislation (2017 Regular Session) State and Local Tax Alert: Alabama Edition

The House and Senate have each met a total of six legislative days thus far. There are therefore 24 legislative days remaining in the 2017 Regular Session. The House will reconvene on Tuesday, February 28 at 1:00 p.m. The...more

Atlanta Dentist Goes to Jail for Medicaid Fraud - Do You Hear Me Now on Dental Practice Compliance?

by Ruder Ware on

A few months ago, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported on the guilty plea of an Atlanta dentist for Medicaid fraud.  Just this week, the dentist was sentenced to serve a year and a half in federal prison....more

Health Alert (Australia) February 6, 2017

by DLA Piper on

In This Issue: - Judgments; Legislation; and Reports. - Excerpts from Judgments: Commonwealth. Federal Court 31 January 2017 - Polan v Goulburn Valley Health (No 2) [2017] FCA 30 INDUSTRIAL LAW –...more

EPA Adopts the Dental Amalgam Rules

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Seyfarth Synopsis: In another rule aimed at small business, the EPA has just issued a rule for Effluent Limitations Guidelines and Standards for the Dental Category. The rule will add more federal compliance costs to already...more

Freedom to Whiten: Teeth-Whitener’s Antitrust Suit Against Georgia Board of Dentistry Allowed to Proceed

Earlier this week, in Colindres v. Battle, et al., No. 15-CV-2843 (N.D. Ga.), the District Court for the Northern District of Georgia refused to dismiss antitrust claims brought by the owner of a teeth-whitening company...more

Dental Malpractice May Be Painfully Underreported

by Howard Ankin on

Dental malpractice cases are often unreported because patients may not understand how to report dental mistakes. Insurance companies that represent dentists do not release details about cases. The statute of limitations also...more

American Dental Association inadvertently mails USB drives infected with malware to its members

The American Dental Association (ADA) recently mailed 37,000 credit card sized flash drives to its members that included new billing codes, entitled 2016 CDT Manual. Unfortunately, also included on the USB drive was malware...more

German Federal Supreme Court specifies monitoring duties of online rating portals

by Reed Smith on

In a Judgment dated 1 March 2016, case no. VI ZR 34/15, the German Federal Supreme Court (“FSC”; Bundesgerichtshof – BGH) specified the scope of monitoring duties of an online rating portal for medical professionals in...more

The IP Dimensions of 3D Printing: a recent decision

by Field Law on

There has been much speculation about the impact of 3D printing on the enforcement of IP rights. But very few decisions. Now, finally, a case you can sink your teeth into: ClearCorrect v. ITC, 2014-1527 deals squarely with a...more

Health Alert (Australia) - January 18, 2016

by DLA Piper on

In This Issue: - Judgments; Legislation; and Reports. - Excerpt from Judgments: New South Wales 14 January 2016 - Health Care Complaints Commission v Athour [2016] NSWCATOD 5 The New South Wales...more

Henry Schein Settles FTC Charges of Deceptive Advertising of Dentrix G5

by Saul Ewing LLP on

Data encrypted in accordance with the Advanced Encryption Standard (“AES”) gives dentists a “safe harbor” in the event of certain breaches of patient information. However, those relying on Henry Schein’s Dentrix G5 software...more

HELP! FTC Staff Steps Up to the Plate with Guidance for State Officials on Regulating Occupational Boards

by BakerHostetler on

Answering the call from state officials seeking advice regarding antitrust compliance for state boards responsible for regulating occupations, Federal Trade Commission (FTC) Staff have stepped up to answer two questions...more

New FTC Guidance on Antitrust Immunity for State Regulatory Boards

by Burr & Forman on

This week the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) issued its much-anticipated Staff Guidance on what sort of supervision states should provide to regulatory boards in order for those boards to qualify for antitrust immunity. In...more

Health Systems Alert: Corporate Practice of Dentistry Prohibitions Have Teeth: New York AG Takes a Bite – 8 Key Takeaways

by DLA Piper on

When contemplating a healthcare transaction between licensed healthcare professionals and non-professionals, a key issue is whether the state in question has a prohibition on the corporate practice of medicine, dentistry or...more

The Corporate Practice Prohibition in New York: What We Can Learn From the ADMI Settlement

One of the most frequently asked questions posed to healthcare lawyers is whether State X has a prohibition on the corporate practice of medicine, nursing or other profession, and if so, whether the prohibition is enforced. ...more

Texas to Require Registration of Dental Support Organizations

by McGuireWoods LLP on

On June 14, 2015, Texas Governor Greg Abbott signed into law Senate Bill No. 519, which imposes new registration requirements on dental support organizations (“DSOs”). The DSO business model is built around the provision of...more

Daubert – and a Mechanical Pencil – Doom the Testimony of “Clinical Engineering” Expert

by Reed Smith on

“If it doesn’t fit, you must acquit.” In the granddaddy of today’s reality TV shows, this buzz-phrase became synonymous with “use your head before you rely on a demonstration.” The plaintiff in Hutson v. Covidien Holdings,...more

Health Alert (Australia) - June 22, 2015

by DLA Piper on

In This Issue: - Judgments; Legislation; and Reports. - Excerpt from Judgements: Victoria. Inquest Into the Death of Baby Chloe Lee Kellett - The Victorian Coroner investigated an infant's death from...more

Dentists Who Write Prescriptions Must Make a Decision: Enroll in Medicare or Opt-Out

If you are a dentist who writes prescriptions to Medicare beneficiaries for drugs covered under Medicare Part D, this article contains important information for you and your patients regarding your new enrollment requirements...more

Health Alert (Australia) - June 15, 2015

by DLA Piper on

In This Issue: - Judgments; Legislation; and Reports. - Excerpt from Judgements: New South Wales. O'Sullivan v Medical Council of New South Wales [2015] NSWCATAD 113 The New South Wales Civil and...more

Minnesota Legislative Update: 2015 Legislative Session Wrap-up

by Faegre Baker Daniels on

After 10 years of budget deficits, the Minnesota Legislature convened in January to set the state’s biennial budget with a projected $1.9 billion surplus. This surplus spurred hope of an orderly session and predictions of tax...more

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