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California Court Limits Liability for Loss of Certain Patient Information under CMIA

California appellate courts are clarifying potential liability under California’s Confidentiality of Medical Information Act, Cal. Civ. Code § 56 et seq. (“CMIA”) of health care providers, health plans, pharmaceutical...more

Torts – Standard for Elder Abuse v. Professional Negligence

Gregory Worsham v. O’Connor Hospital, et. al. - Court of Appeal, Sixth District (May 20, 2014) - The Elder Abuse Act (“Act”) does not apply to simple or gross negligence by health care providers. This case...more

Health Alert (Australia) - July 7, 2014

In This Issue: Judgments, Legislation, and Reports. Excerpt from Reports: Australia. Department of Health & Ageing Media releases ..3 July 2014 - Fighting mosquito-borne diseases in Queensland....more

Arbitrator may order change to hours, location of doctor who sexually-harassed hospital nurse

Where a doctor has sexually harassed a nurse, a labour arbitrator has authority to decide how close the doctor should be able to work with the nurse, and under what conditions, an Ontario arbitrator has decided....more

Healthcare Law: What Every Provider Should Know

Healthcare is an incredibly broad, diverse and dynamic industry. Because of the breadth in the field, providers are surrounded by a wide array of legal issues relating to: employment contracts, taxes, business structure,...more

Snapshot of Sunshine Rules in EU Countries for The Pharmaceutical Industry

Since the enactment of the Physician Payments Sunshine Act (US Sunshine Act) by the United States, a number of EU Member States have adopted similar rules or strengthened pre-existing regulation in order to improve the...more

Lawsuit Against Medtronic Alleges Racketeering Over Infuse Bone Graft

When one big industry sues another we learn a lot about how business as usual is conducted. In this case Humana, a giant health insurer, has sued the medical device company Medtronic, maker of the Infuse bone graft. ...more

Physician Owned Distributorship Concerns Continue to Make News

On June 17, 2014, Southern California Public Radio affiliate KPCC broadcasted a report about physician-owned distributors of implantable medical devices (“PODs”) and the legal and ethical concerns that are raised when POD...more

Health Care E-Note - June 19, 2014

In This Issue: - Report Ranks U.S. Last Out of 11 in Health Care System Quality - Analysis Identifies Un-Tracked Avoidable Hospital Complications - Number of Doctors Employed by Hospitals Grew 34% Over 10...more

Loose Lips Sink Ships and Careless E-mails Torpedo a Transaction

Federal antitrust laws prohibit hospital systems, like other businesses, from using a dominant market position to exclude competitors and restrain trade. Recently, e-mail communications exchanged between a...more

Study Links 340b Increase To Hospital Acquisition Of Physician Practices

The 340B program requires pharmaceutical manufacturers with Medicaid-covered products to give discounts on covered drugs purchased by eligible entities, which include disproportionate share hospitals, critical access...more

Appellate Court Notes

SC18961 - Robbins v. Physicians for Women's Health, LLC - The plaintiff filed this medical malpractice against a hospital, the doctor, the midwife, and the company (“PWH”) that bought the assets of the hospital after...more

Mintz Levin Health Care Qui Tam Update - Recent Developments & Unsealed False Claims Act (FCA) Cases: May 2014

Trends & Analysis: ..We have identified 58 health care–related qui tam cases that have been unsealed since our last Qui Tam Update. Of those, 33 cases were initiated after the start of 2012, with the remaining 25 cases...more

CMS Requests Comments on the Dispute Resolution Process Associated with the Physician Payment Sunshine Act

On May 5, 2014, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services ("CMS") announced an opportunity to submit comments on the dispute resolution and correction procedures proposed in the final rule on the Open Payments reporting...more

FTC's Success in St. Luke's Challenge Shows Litigation Risks to Merging Hospitals and Physicians

In the first fully litigated challenge by the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) to a hospital acquisition of physician practices, a federal district court judge ruled that St. Luke’s Health System’s (St. Luke’s) acquisition of a...more

What Has Fahlen Wrought?

The California Supreme Court's decision in Fahlen v. Sutter Central Valley Hospitals has confirmed (not created) a sea change in the relations between hospitals and their medical staffs on the one hand, and physicians on such...more

Medical Staff Bylaws Are Not Contracts in Delaware

One of the fundamental issues in credentialing disputes is whether the Medical Staff Bylaws constitute contracts between the Hospital and the individual physicians. If the Medical Staff Bylaws do constitute a contract, then...more

Health Care E-Note - March 26, 2014

In This Issue: - Hospital CEO Turnover Rate Reached Record 20 Percent in 2013 - States Take on Authority of Doctors vs. Advanced Practice Nurses - HHS Urges Hospitals to be More Prepared for Emergencies -...more

Halifax Reportedly Settles Landmark Stark Case

According to minutes filed in the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Florida, Halifax Hospital Medical Center (Halifax) and the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) have reached a settlement in the pending False...more

Halifax Settles Stark Damages for $85 Million

Halifax Hospital Medical Center and Halifax Staffing, Inc. (collectively, “Halifax”) have agreed to pay $85 million to settle allegations that Halifax compensated a group of physicians in a manner not permitted by the Stark...more

NLRB Rules Hospital's Resident Physicians Are Employees and Can Unionize

Whether an individual is an “employee” entitled to all the protections of the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA), or a “student” who has no such rights, has been a recurring and hotly contested issue before the National...more

Argument Report: Illinois Supreme Court Debates the Scope of the Good Samaritan Act

Our reports on the oral arguments of the recent term of the Illinois Supreme Court continue with Home Star Bank & Financial Services v. Emergency Care & Health Organization, Ltd. Home Star poses the question of whether...more

Florida Appellate Court Construes Term "Legal Relationship" in Med-Mal Presuit Screening Rule

On January 3, 2014, Florida’s Second District Court of Appeal held, in a case of first impression, that a medical malpractice plaintiff’s direct notice to a medical provider of its intent to sue would also operate as notice...more

FTC Successfully Challenges Non-Reportable Acquisition of Physician Group

On January 24, 2014, the U.S. District Court for Idaho held that St. Luke’s Health System (“St. Luke’s”)’s acquisition of Saltzer Medical Group (“Saltzer”), violated Section 7 of the Clayton Act and ordered St. Luke’s to...more

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President Obama Signs Pathway for SGR Reform Act of 2013 – On December 26, 2013, President Obama signed the Pathway for SGR Reform Act of 2013 (the “Act”), preventing the scheduled payment reduction for...more

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