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Florida Supreme Court Says External Peer Review Reports are Discoverable Under Amendment 7

On October 26, in Edwards v. Thomas, et al. (SC15-1893) the Florida Supreme Court held that external peer review reports are discoverable under Amendment 7. ...more

New HHS Cybersecurity Preparedness Checklist

The Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of Civil Rights (OCR) recently published a checklist to guide HIPAA-covered entities and business associates through an appropriate response to a ransomware or cybersecurity...more

Amendment 7 Prevails Over Patient Safety Work Product Protections

On January 31, the Florida Supreme Court ruled that the “Patient Safety Work Product” privilege cannot shield Florida health care providers from Amendment 7 requests. The court’s decision in Charles v. Southern Baptist...more

No More Surprises: Florida Ends Certain Medical Balance Billing

"Surprise medical billing" occurs when a patient receives care at a facility and receives treatment from a provider, such as an anesthesiologist or radiologist, who is not contracted with the patient’s health insurance plan....more

The HIPAA Audits are Coming, The HIPAA Audits are Coming! Five Steps to Prepare for a HIPAA Audit

The Office for Civil Rights (OCR) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) recently announced the long-awaited launch of phase 2 of HIPAA’s audit program. The program will target all types of covered...more

Telemedicine: Hitting a Few Speed Bumps

Despite faster Internet connections, better software, increased availability of devices with built-in video, and an increasingly tech-savvy public, the broad acceptance of telemedicine—the use of telecommunication and...more

Expect Focus - Spot The Regulator, Volume IV, Fall 2014

In This Issue: - IN THE SPOTLIGHT ..Crisis Management: Five Steps to Take Before Providing That Comment - LIFE INSURANCE ..Third Circuit Limits ERISA Fiduciary Liability to those with Ultimate...more

HIPAA: Deadlines Pass and Definitions Change

For all covered entities and business associates, September 22 was the last day for business associate agreements (BAAs) to comply with the Omnibus HIPAA Rule (the Rule) released in January 2013. Before the Rule’s release,...more

Business Associates And HIPAA Compliance

Pursuant to HIPAA, business associates of health care organizations have until September 23, 2013 to become HIPAA-compliant. This alert sets forth the factors often used to determine whether a company will be considered a...more

4/25/2013  /  Business Associates , Compliance , HIPAA

U.S. Department Of Health And Human Services Publishes Final HIPAA Rule Alert

The final rule (1) makes final modifications to the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability of 1996 Act (HIPAA) Privacy, Security and Enforcement Rules mandated by the Health Information Technology for Economic and...more

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