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TCPA Health Care Exceptions Properly Applied In California

The Telephone Consumer Protection Act (“TCPA”) potentially touches just about every kind of business, including the business of selling prescription drugs. That is what the Northern District of California grappled with...more

Healthcare Legal News: Volume 6, Number 2

Restrictions on Fees Permitted under HIPAA for Copies of Medical Records - When health care providers provide copies of medical records to an individual patient or to third parties at the direction of that individual...more

Half a Loaf: Court Rejects ADA "Safe Harbor" But Approves Pre-Regulations Wellness Program as "Voluntary"

The EEOC’s attack on employee wellness programs as unlawful under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act (GINA) that began in 2014 with three lawsuits, and continued with...more

What is Telemedicine? A Cool Benefit or a Hot Mess?

We’ve had numerous inquiries lately about telemedicine benefits. My clients most typically ask either “is this a group health plan?” or “is it just access to another provider?” Clearly, there is much confusion surrounding...more

Illinois Joins the Fray: Strengthens its Laws Around Data Breach Notification and Data Security

Sophisticated phishing scams and muscular hacking efforts continue to compromise personal and sensitive information held by insurers, hospital systems, and businesses large and small. In response, many states have...more

Tennessee Legislature Amends Data Breach Notification Statute - Encryption is No Longer an Automatic Safe Harbor

On March 24, 2016, Governor Haslam signed S.B. 2005 which amends Tennessee's data breach notice statute. The amended statute will go into effect on July 1, 2016. The new Tennessee breach notice requirements are triggered by...more

EEOC Takes Aim at Erroneous Application of ADA “Safe Harbor” to Wellness Programs

In its preamble to the final regulations under the Americans with Disabilities Act (“ADA”) published May 17, 2016, which will be the topic of an upcoming blog post, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (“EEOC”) once...more

EEOC Issues Final Rules on Employer Wellness Programs; Clarifies Position on Incentive Caps, Confidentiality and ADA’s “Safe...

On May 16, 2016, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (“EEOC”) issued two final rules regarding employer wellness plans, the first to amend existing regulations under the Genetic Information and Non-Discrimination Act...more

Tennessee Gives Businesses 45 Days for Data Breach Notice

Recent amendments to the State’s data breach statute give a hard deadline for a business to provide consumer notice, removes encryption safe harbor, exempts entities that are subject to the Health Insurance Portability and...more

The Increasingly Complex Law of Wellness Program Incentives

Case Study. A manufacturer wants to promote better health among its workforce by implementing a wellness program. Trying to keep it simple, the employer tells employees that they will receive a $50 per month credit toward...more

At A Glance: De-Identification, Anonymization, and Pseudonymization

De-identification of data refers to the process used to prevent personal identifiers from being connected with information. The FTC indicated in its 2012 report Protecting Consumer Privacy in an Era of Rapid Change:...more

Health Care E-Note - January 2016

The 2016 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule Final Rule ("Final Rule") contains recent changes to the Federal Stark Law, the majority of which took effect on January 1, 2016. The issuance of the Final Rule on November 16, 2015...more

Another Judge Puts the Breaks on EEOC Wellness Plan Overreach

Our firm has acknowledged recently that there are some questions about the authority of the EEOC to issue its proposed wellness regulations that claim legitimacy under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Just before...more

Privacy, Security, Risk: What You Missed At IAPP Conference

Earlier this month, privacy and security professionals from around the globe gathered for “Privacy. Security. Risk. 2015”—the second joint conference between the International Association of Privacy Professionals and the...more

European Court of Justice Invalidates U.S.-EU Safe Harbor

On October 6, 2015, the European Court of Justice (“ECJ”), the top court of the European Union (“EU”), released its opinion in Maximillian Schrems v. Data Protection Commissioner (C-362/14), invalidating the U.S.-EU Safe...more

Focus on the TCPA: Consolidated Appeal of FCC’s TCPA Order Continues to Grow

The Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC) July 10, 2015 Declaratory Ruling and Order on the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA) was received by many in the business community with great concern. The Order’s seemingly...more

The FCC's TCPA Regulatory Ruling Imposes Tighter Call Restrictions

Last month, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) released a long awaited declaratory ruling and order, FCC 15-72, addressing several petitions which sought clarification of or exemptions from Telephone Consumer...more

State Law Roundup: Legislatures Across the U.S. Revamp Data Breach Notification Laws

As the number of highly publicized data breaches continues to skyrocket and proposals for a federal data breach notification law stagnate, state legislatures around the country have been busy amending their own breach...more

Multiple Departments Issue Guidance on Wellness Programs

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) made headlines during the second half of 2014 by attacking employers' wellness programs that require employees to undergo certain medical testing or be penalized. In three...more

Quirky Question #247, An Update on Wellness Programs

Question: Our company has been considering implementing financial incentives for employees to participate in biometric screening as part of an employee wellness program. Are there legal issues we should be...more

U.S. Privacy and Data Protection: 2013 Year in Review and a Look Ahead to 2014

In Boston, we celebrated Data Privacy Day (January 28) by presenting “U.S. Privacy and Data Protection: 2013 Year In Review and a Prediction of What’s to Come in 2014” for participants in an IAPP KnowledgeNet. Our panel of...more

Texas to Launch Nation's First Privacy and Security Certification "Safe Harbor"

The Texas Health Services Authority (THSA) recently announced its selection of the Health Information Trust Alliance (HITRUST) Common Security Framework (CSF), the most widely adopted information privacy and security...more

The Online Marketer’s Guide To Privacy

I’ve hesitated to write this post because the law is always changing and you can’t cover it all in one blog post (thank goodness for linking). I did a presentation to the Houston Interactive Marketing Association this week...more

Wellness Programs: Keeping Up With the Times

On November 20, 2012, the IRS, DOL and HHS jointly issued proposed regulations under the Affordable Care Act building on existing HIPAA regulations of wellness programs. The new proposed regulations provide clearer guidance...more

OCR Releases De-Identification Guidance

The HHS Office of Civil Rights (OCR) recently released guidance intended to assist covered entities in understanding what de-identification is, the general process by which de-identified information can be created, and the...more

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