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HHS Takes Action to Protect Religious Beliefs and Moral Convictions

On January 19, 2018, the United States Department of Health and Human Services (“HHS”) announced its new policy entitled “HHS Takes Major Actions to Protect Conscience Rights and Life”. This policy initiative announced by HHS...more

Connecticut Supreme Court Recognizes New Cause of Action for Patient Privacy Breach

On January 16, 2018, the Connecticut Supreme Court issued a decision recognizing a common law duty of confidentiality arising from the physician-patient relationship, and the corresponding right of a patient to sue his or her...more

OIG Scrutiny of Patient Assistance Programs

Last week, one of the largest charity patient assistance programs in the country, Caring Voice Coalition, announced that it would not be offering financial assistance for any of its disease funds in 2018. This announcement...more

SAMHSA Modernizes Regulations Governing the Confidentiality of Substance Use Disorder Records

After nearly thirty years since the last substantive change to the law, on January 18, 2017, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) published its final rule (the “Final Rule”) implementing...more

IRS Issues Clarification for Tax-Exempt Management Contracts - Impact on Healthcare Providers

In IRS Revenue Procedure 2017-13 (Rev. Proc. 2017-13), the IRS clarifies safe harbor conditions under which a management contract will not result in private business use of a property financed by tax-exempt bonds. By way...more

Providing Transgender-Inclusive Health Care

The United States Department of Health and Human Services (“HHS”) Office for Civil Rights (“OCR”) has issued a final rule implementing Section 1557 of the Affordable Care Act, which prohibits discrimination on the basis of...more

October 17th Compliance Deadline for HHS Nondiscrimination Notifications Approaches

On May 18, 2016, the United States Department of Health and Human Services (“HHS”) Office for Civil Rights (“OCR”) published a final rule implementing Section 1557 of the Affordable Care Act. Among other topics, the final...more

Connecticut Legislature Passes Non-Compete Act Concerning Contracts With Physicians

On May 18, 2016, the Connecticut legislature transmitted Public Act No. 16-95 (the “Act”) to the Governor for his signature. The Governor is expected to sign the bill into law in the coming weeks. Once he does, it will...more

If You Provide Behavioral Health Services, Do the New HIPAA Reporting Rules Apply to You?

In early January, the Office for Civil Rights of the United States Department of Health and Human Services (“OCR”) issued new regulations regarding the right of certain HIPAA covered entities to disclose mental health...more

Prior To Pursuing The Self-Referral Disclosure Protocol, Consider Your Obligation To Do So

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (“DHHS”) recently published what it has referred to as “Physician Self-Referral Updates” pursuant to Section 1877 of Social Security Act (also known as the “Stark Law”),...more

Key Issues in Negotiating a Health Information Technology Agreement

Our partner, Dawn Crumel, recently spoke at American Health Lawyer Association’s Physicians and Hospitals Law Institute in Las Vegas, Nevada on key negotiation strategies for health information technology ("HIT" or "health...more

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