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HTMLBipartisan Bill Aims to Increase Hires at FDA and NIH
McDonald Hopkins LLC;
Legal Alert/Article
March 24, 2016, previously published on March 18, 2016
On Thursday, Senators Lamar Alexander (R-TN) and Patty Murray (D-WA), the chair and ranking member respectively, of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee, introduced a bill intended to make it easier for the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the National Institutes of...

 

HTMLHIPAA Enforcement Heats Up with Two More Settlements
Rick L. Hindmand, Dominic A. Paluzzi; McDonald Hopkins LLC;
Legal Alert/Article
March 24, 2016, previously published on March 18, 2016
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Office for Civil Rights (OCR) continues to pick up the pace on enforcement for lax health information security. Following a flurry of three settlements in late 2015 (see our alert OCR strikes again with 3 recent HIPAA settlements) the OCR...

 

HTMLDisturbing Trends In Enforcement Suggest Keeping Sales And Marketing In-House
Rick L. Hindmand, Jane Marie Pine Wood; McDonald Hopkins LLC;
Legal Alert/Article
March 24, 2016, previously published on February 25, 2016
Many health care providers utilize independent contractors who are paid on a commission basis to assist in the sales and marketing of their health care services. However, it is important to keep in mind that the Office of Inspector General (“OIG”) of the U.S. Department of Health and...

 

HTMLTaxing Medical Marijuana Sales is a Growing Trend
Chad Arfons, David M. Kall, Susan Millradt McGlone; McDonald Hopkins LLC;
Legal Alert/Article
March 24, 2016, previously published on March 17, 2016
Medical marijuana has already been legalized in 23 states and the District of Columbia, according to ProCon.org. As of the end of February, there were 14 additional states with pending legislation or ballot measures pertaining to the legalization of medical marijuana, including:

 

HTMLMichigan: Federal Law May Pre-empt Health Insurance Claims Assessment Act After All
Chad Arfons, David M. Kall, Susan Millradt McGlone; McDonald Hopkins LLC;
Legal Alert/Article
March 24, 2016, previously published on March 17, 2016
In June of 2011, Governor Snyder signed the Health Insurance Claims Assessment Act (Act), which imposed a one percent assessment on health-related services performed in Michigan and paid by employer sponsored health plans and other third-party carriers. The law went into effect on January 1, 2012....

 

HTMLStudent Health Plans and ACA Compliance: New Relief for Educational Institutions
Daniel T. Sulton; Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart, P.C.;
Legal Alert/Article
March 23, 2016, previously published on February 25, 2016
Educational institutions face unique issues when complying with the requirements of the Affordable Care Act (ACA). One such issue relates to the administration of student health insurance plans. On February 5, 2016, three federal agencies—the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL), Department of the...

 

HTMLRecent HIPAA Updates from OCR
Mintz Levin Cohn Ferris Glovsky Popeo P.C.;
Legal Alert/Article
March 22, 2016, previously published on March 7, 2016
The Office for Civil Rights (OCR) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has been busy lately, issuing three news releases on the HIPAA Privacy and Security Rules.

 

HTMLU.S. Department of Defense Expands Telemedicine Access for Military Members
Mintz Levin Cohn Ferris Glovsky Popeo P.C.;
Legal Alert/Article
March 22, 2016, previously published on March 8, 2016
Last month, Jonathan Woodson, M.D., the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Health Affairs for the U.S. Department of Defense, issued a memorandum that effectively changes the Military Health System (“MHS”) policy on telemedicine. The new policy enables the MHS to treat patients via...

 

HTMLSenate Help Committee Eyes Mental Health, Substance Use Package
Eli Greenspan, Alexander Hecht, Rodney Whitlock; Mintz Levin Cohn Ferris Glovsky Popeo P.C.;
Legal Alert/Article
March 22, 2016, previously published on March 16, 2016
This morning, the Senate HELP Committee will hold an executive session regarding the Mental Health Reform Act of 2016, a comprehensive mental health package negotiated in part by the Senate HELP Committee and the Administration. The HELP Committee will also follow up on the recently passed...

 

HTMLSave Your Data and Your Dollars: Tips to Prevent "Ransomware" from Holding Your Company Hostage
James R. Dutro, Colin Leary, Daniel J. McLoon, Mauricio F. Paez, Jeffrey Rabkin; Jones Day;
Legal Alert/Article
March 22, 2016, previously published on February 2016
On February 15, 2016, a Los Angeles-based hospital paid cyber criminals $17,000, in the form of 40 Bitcoins, to restore access to electronic medical records and email systems. The hospital—Hollywood Presbyterian Medical Center—had been operating offline for more than a week after...

 


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