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WannaCry Global Ransomware Attack Shows Why Businesses Should Prepare for Loss or Unwanted Encryption of Key Data

“Oops, your files have been encrypted!” On Friday, May 12, 2017, employees around the world found this message on their computer screens. A massive cyberattack has used variants of the WannaCry ransomware program to infect...more

New Non-Discrimination Notice Requirements Go Into Effect October 17, 2016

In May of this year, the Office for Civil Rights (OCR) of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) finalized its rulemaking implementing certain non-discrimination requirements under Section 1557 of the Affordable...more

Business Associate Settles HIPAA Investigation for $650,000

The U.S. Office for Civil Rights (OCR), the agency responsible for enforcing the HIPAA Privacy and Security rules, has just sent a strong message that business associates are not immune from scrutiny. On June 24, 2016, in a...more

After Nearly Six Years of Uncertainty, CMS Establishes Final Standards for Reporting and Returning Medicare Overpayments

Background On February 12, 2016, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (“CMS”) published the long-awaited Final Rule establishing CMS’s official policy for the timely Reporting and Returning of Medicare overpayments...more

Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services Finalizes New Comprehensive Care for Joint Replacement Payment Model

Effective April 1, 2016, acute care hospitals located in 67 geographic areas will be subject to the new mandatory payment model for lower extremity joint replacement (“LEJR”) services. Under the new Comprehensive Care for...more

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