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Connecticut Recognizes New Cause of Action for Breach of Patient/Physician Confidentiality

Based on the decision in a recent Connecticut Supreme Court case, patients may now sue physicians for breaching confidentiality. Previously, Connecticut did not recognize breach of confidentiality as a cause of action. ...more

CMS Clarifies that Texting of Orders is Not Permitted

On December 28, 2017, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) issued a Survey and Certification Memorandum (S&C Memo) to clarify CMS’ position that it prohibits physicians and health care providers from texting...more

Summer Is Over...Time For Connecticut Health Care Providers To Get Up To Speed On Recent Changes

Although much of the latest Connecticut legislative session focused on the budget, and while fewer health care bills passed than we have grown accustomed to in recent years, we still ended up with a number of public acts...more

OCR Releases Checklist On What To Do Following A Cyber Attack

Since the WannaCry ransomware virus spread rapidly across the globe, businesses, both large and small, are again focusing on cyber-security. In a previous bulletin, we detailed five things that a business can do to help...more

Health Care Group News: OCR Published Three HIPAA Settlements in Two Weeks, Signaling a Ramp Up of HIPAA Enforcement Activity

Providers Beware: OCR Published Three HIPAA Settlements in Two Weeks, Signaling a Ramp Up of HIPAA Enforcement Activity: Make sure risk assessments, business associate agreements and policies & procedures are in place...more

Health Care Group News: FBI Releases Warning on Cyber Criminals Targeting Sensitive Information Through File Transfer Protocol...

Cyber criminals are constantly seeking new ways to gain access to personal and health information and, on March 22, 2017, the FBI issued a specific warning to health care providers regarding threats to File Transfer Protocol...more

Health Care Group News: Texas District Court Preliminarily Enjoins Partial Enforcement of Section 1557

In May of last year, the United States Department of Health and Human Services ("HHS") enacted regulations implementing Section 1557 of the Affordable Care Act. These regulations aimed to enhance language assistance and...more

Health Care Group News: A (Temporary) Sigh of Relief for Hospital Expansion: CMS Releases Final Rule regarding Provider-Based...

When Congress enacted the Bi-Partisan Budget Act of 2015 (the Act) on November 2, 2015, Section 603 of the Act effectively halted the development of any new off-campus hospital outpatient departments, also referred to as...more

Health Care Group News: Section 1557's Nondiscrimination Mandates

Physicians and other health care providers receiving federal funding, including Medicaid but excluding Medicare Part B, are subject to new regulatory requirements implementing Section 1557 of the Affordable Care Act...more

Health Care Group News: Bitcoin. System Lockdown. Data Held Hostage. Ransom Demand.

If company executives are discussing the terms listed above, then their company is likely to have experienced better days. However, if the executives are in the "C Suite" or are the Compliance Officer, Privacy Officer and/or...more

Health Care Group News: Part Two: The Rest of SB 351 (Now Public Act 16-95)

While Senate Bill 351, now enacted as Public Act 16-95 (the "Act"), received attention for the limits it placed on physician non-compete provisions, numerous other provisions of the Act are worth highlighting. These...more

Health Care Group News: Connecticut Limits Physician Non-Competition Agreements: Just one piece of SB 351

On May 3, 2016, the Connecticut Senate sent SB 351 to Governor Malloy for signature. Among other things, the legislation limits the use of physician non-competition agreements. The Governor is expected to sign the bill into...more

Healthcare Payor Audit: How to Respond [Video]

Being faced with an audit can be frustrating, but they are on the rise and you should know what to do if and when your practice encounters one. This video highlights the audit process and will help you determine the best...more

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Health Care Group News: Final Rule Regarding Return Of Medicare Overpayments Is More Favorable to Providers Than Anticipated

One element of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), enacted in March 2010, requires providers to identify, report and return Medicare overpayments. A provider’s failure to do so can result in False Claims Act liability, Civil...more

Health Care Group News: CMS Finalizes Two New Stark Exceptions and Provides Some Clarity to Others

On October 30, 2015, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) issued a final rule, to be effective January 1, 2016, which added two new exceptions and made numerous clarifications to the Stark regulations....more

Health Care Group News: Bi-Partisan Budget Act Affects New Provider-Based Facilities

On October 30, 2015 Congress passed the Bi-Partisan Budget Act of 2015 (hereinafter the "Act"). Section 603 of the Act is of particular relevance to hospitals and health care providers because of its potential to chill the...more

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