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HTMLFinal Rule on Section 1557 of the ACA Has Implications for Digital Health Industry
Stephen E. (Steve) Gillette, Alexis S. Gilroy, Kevin D. Lyles, Cristiana Spontoni, Soleil E. Teubner; Jones Day;
Legal Alert/Article
August 25, 2016, previously published on Augsut 2016
On May 18, 2016, the Department of Health and Human Services ("HHS") issued a final rule implementing Section 1557 of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act ("ACA"), which prohibits discrimination on the grounds of race, color, national origin, sex, age, or disability in...

 

HTMLMedicare to Refine and Expand its Value-Based Insurance Design Model
Jordan T. Cohen; Mintz Levin Cohn Ferris Glovsky Popeo P.C.;
Legal Alert/Article
August 24, 2016, previously published on August 15, 2016
On August 10, 2016, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) released a memorandum through its Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation announcing changes to the Medicare Advantage Value-Based Insurance Design (MA-VBID) model for 2018.

 

HTMLTo Protect Data: Keep Your Network Access Close, and Your Vendors Closer
Cynthia J. Larose; Mintz, Levin, Cohn, Ferris, Glovsky and Popeo, P.C.;
Legal Alert/Article
August 24, 2016, previously published on August 8, 2016
Two recent data breach incidents in the healthcare industry prove what readers of this blog have heard all too often: KNOW THY VENDORS.

 

HTMLLatest OCR HIPAA Settlement Provides Lessons for Covered Entities
Kate F. Stewart; Mintz, Levin, Cohn, Ferris, Glovsky and Popeo, P.C.;
Legal Alert/Article
August 24, 2016, previously published on August 11, 2016
Capping off a busy month of HIPAA settlements, on August 4, the Office for Civil Rights (“OCR”) announced a $5.55 million settlement with Advocate Health Care Network (“Advocate”), the largest fully-integrated healthcare system in Illinois. The settlement is the largest...

 

HTMLMedicare Home Health Payment Update: Florida and Other States are Required to Submit Their Home Health Claims for Pre-Claim Review
Erin Smith Aebel, Rachel B. Goodman; Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick, LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
August 24, 2016, previously published on August 11, 2016
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services ("CMS") is implementing a new pre-claim review process for home health claims in five (5) states, including Florida. Other affected states are Illinois, Texas, Michigan, and Massachusetts. CMS’ stated goal is to make sure home health...

 

Adobe PDFOCR Issues Guidance On Ransomware
Howard E. Bogard, Richard J. Brockman, Kelli Carpenter Fleming, James A. Hoover, Chester "Chet" J. Hosch; Burr & Forman LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
August 23, 2016, previously published on July 2016
On July 11, 2016, the Office of Civil Rights of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services ("OCR") issued new guidance regarding malicious cyber-attacks generally and ransomware specifically (the "Guidance"). According to the Guidance, a U.S. Government interagency report...

 

HTMLPractice Fusion and FTC Settle Complaint Over Deceptive Statements About the Privacy of Consumer-Generated Online Content
Mark Mellen Higgins, Cynthia J. Larose, Julia M. Siripurapu; Mintz, Levin, Cohn, Ferris, Glovsky and Popeo, P.C.;
Legal Alert/Article
August 19, 2016, previously published on June 17, 2016
Last week, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) announced (press release) that Practice Fusion, the largest cloud-based electronic health company in the United States, has agreed to settle FTC charges over deceptive practices involving the public disclosure of healthcare provider review information...

 

HTMLOCR Warns of HIPAA Risks in Third-Party Apps
Cynthia J. Larose; Mintz, Levin, Cohn, Ferris, Glovsky and Popeo, P.C.;
Legal Alert/Article
August 19, 2016, previously published on June 22, 2016
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office for Civil Rights (OCR) recently issued a warning regarding vulnerabilities in third-party applications used by entities covered by HIPAA. The OCR warning applies generally to HIPAA Covered Entities and Business Associates. While Covered...

 

HTMLThe Government Enters into Largest HIPAA Settlement to Date; What HIPAA Covered Entities and Business Associates Need to Know
Kelly A. Leahy; Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick, LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
August 18, 2016, previously published on August 9, 2016
Advocate Health Care Network, which operates 12 hospitals and more than 200 other treatment centers in Chicago and central Illinois, has agreed to the largest settlement to date with the Office for Civil Rights (“OCR”) for multiple potential violations of the Health Insurance...

 

HTMLRecent Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Guidance Emphasizes Robust Social Media Policies, Procedures, and Training for Long-Term Care Providers
Caroline J. Berdzik; Goldberg Segalla LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
August 18, 2016, previously published on August 10, 2016
As expected, state surveyors will now be focusing on long-term care facilities’ social media policies and procedures for staff as part of the survey process. This should come as no surprise as both the media and Congress have devoted significant time and attention to the increasing trend of...

 


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