Category: General

Significant New Healthcare Privacy and Cybersecurity Developments

As the federal government continues to take action in response to events impacting the healthcare landscape, stakeholders must ensure that they are staying up-to-date with health information privacy and security developments in the healthcare industry. This blog post summarizes two recent significant actions: a new HIPAA final rule and proposed federal cybersecurity legislation. New HIPAA...

Iowa Governor Signs Legislation Impacting Iowa’s Long-Term-Care Industry

On June 1, 2023, Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds signed into law Iowa bill HF 685, which will significantly impact the future of Iowa’s long-term-care industry. Among other provisions, HF 685 increases scrutiny imposed on parties who seek to acquire an Iowa nursing facility, imposes a temporary moratorium on adding new nursing facility beds in the...

HHS OCR Settles HIPAA Investigation with Business Associate for $350,000

Over the past decade, the number of health care data breaches reported to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Office for Civil Rights (“OCR”) has increased dramatically. From 2009 to 2022, over 5,000 data breaches affecting 500 or more records were reported to OCR, accounting for the exposure of over 380 million health...

Recent DOJ Settlements Involving DME Manufacturers Highlight Important Anti-Kickback Considerations

The Department of Justice (“DOJ”) recently announced two settlement agreements, both involving durable medical equipment (“DME”) companies, following allegations that the companies had violated the Anti-Kickback Statute (“AKS”). The AKS, found at 42 U.S.C. § 1320a-7b, prohibits the exchange of anything of value (i.e., remuneration) with any intent to induce referrals for services or products...

American Health Law Association 2022 Health Care Transaction Conference

After a 2-year hiatus, health care transactional attorneys and related industry professionals descended upon Nashville, TN April 25th – 27th for the 2022 American Health Law Association (“AHLA”) Health Care Transactions Conference. Aside from hot chicken and honky tonks, this conference was largely a celebration of the strength and resiliency of the health care industry...

Increase in HSR Reportability Thresholds and Other HSR Developments

The Dorsey Health Law blog team keeps readers up-to-date on relevant topics in the health care industry. In order to do so, the members of the blog team communicate regularly with other practice groups within the firm for applicable updates from client publications. For this post, we would like to thank Dorsey’s Michael Lindsay, Jamie...

SCOTUS ACA Ruling Allows Employers to Consider Improvements

The Dorsey Health Law blog team keeps readers up-to-date on relevant topics in the health care industry. In order to do so, the members of the blog team communicate regularly with other practice groups within the firm for applicable updates from client publications. For this post, we would like to thank Dorsey’s Steve Lucke, Melinda...

Coronavirus Lawsuits Against Healthcare Providers are on the Rise

Among its many impacts, the coronavirus pandemic has already spawned hundreds of employment and health-related lawsuits, with even more litigation likely as businesses continue to bring back workers and increase operations.  Many of these lawsuits have been aimed at employers in the healthcare sector and relate to workplace safety, retaliation, and wrongful termination or wrongful...

The Regulatory Sprint Catches up to HIPAA: New Proposed HIPAA Rules

Today, the Department of Health and Human Services’ (“HHS”) Office for Civil Rights (“OCR”) issued a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (“NPRM”) which proposes significant changes to the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (“HIPAA”) and to the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health Act (“HITECH”) Privacy Rule (the “Privacy Rule”).  The NPRM includes...