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Manufacturing Company Settles Disability Allegations with the EEOC

Posted on May 28, 2019, Health Care White Collar Crime

Kaydon Corporation, a Michigan-based company that manufacturers ball bearings used on medical systems, industrial machinery, and semiconductors, has agreed to pay $38,000 to resolve allegations that it violated the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). The plaintiff in the case is Larry Newsome, a machine operator formerly employed by Kaydon at a facility in Sumter, SC. […]

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Two Pharmaceutical Companies Agree to Pay Nearly $125 Million to Resolve Kickback Allegations

Posted on May 28, 2019, Health Care White Collar Crime

Atlas EnergyThe U.S. Department of Justice recently announced that Astellas Pharma US Inc. (Astellas) and Amgen Inc. (Amgen) will pay a combined total of almost $125 million to settle various allegations that the companies illegally paid Medicare copays for their own products in violation of the federal False Claims Act (FCA) and Anti-Kickback Statute (AKS). […]

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DOJ Issues New Guidance on Cooperation Credit for Entities under False Claims Act Investigations

Posted on May 28, 2019, Health Care White Collar Crime

Atlas EnergyEarlier this month, the Civil Division U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) issued new guidance regarding how the DOJ will award credit to companies that cooperate during a False Claims Act (FCA) investigation. This new guidance was incorporated into the DOJ’s Justice Manual, and it identifies the types of cooperation eligible for credit. The FCA […]

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DOJ Charges 60 People in Appalachia Opioid Takedown

Posted on April 25, 2019, Health Care White Collar Crime

On April 17, 2019, the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) announced that it had criminally charged sixty people in seven states throughout Appalachia for allegations related to the prescription and distribution of opioids and other controlled substances. Fifty-three of the people charged are medical professionals, including doctors and nurses. The DOJ worked with multiple other […]

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Furniture Manufacturer Reports Breach of Employees’ Private Health Information

Posted on April 25, 2019, Cyber Law

Klaussner Furniture Industries, Inc., a privately-owned furniture manufacturer in Asheboro, North Carolina, recently reported that it discovered a cyberattack that occurred earlier this year. As part of its reporting, Klaussner provided a breach report to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of Civil Rights (OCR). Although Klaussner’s business operations are clearly outside […]

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EEOC Settles Discrimination Suits Against Atlas Energy, Gulf Logistics, Party City, Safeway, and St. Thomas Health

Posted on April 25, 2019, Employment Law

Earlier this week, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) announced that, since April 18, it has reached settlement agreements with five separate companies facing allegations of discriminatory employment practices. As a result of these settlements, the five defendants will pay a combined total of $415,000 to resolve various claims involving disability, religious, or age […]

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HHS Publishes Guidance on Health Industry Cybersecurity Practices

Posted on March 25, 2019, Health Care

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (“HHS”) recently published guidance entitled “Health Industry Cybersecurity Practices: Managing Threats and Protecting Patients,” which lays out a “common set of voluntary, consensus-based, and industry-led guidelines, best practices, methodologies, procedures, and processes” to aid the health industry in improving cybersecurity. This guidance was produced by the contributions […]

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Blue Cross/Blue Shield of Texas to Pay $75,000 to Settle EEOC Disability Discrimination Allegations

Posted on March 25, 2019, Employment Law

On March 19, 2019, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) announced that it has reached a settlement with Dallas, Texas-based BlueCross/Blue Shield of Texas (BCBS), over disability discrimination allegations. The EEOC filed suit alleging that BC/BS violated the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) when it failed to provide a reasonable accommodation to a job […]

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EHR Vendor Agrees to Pay $57 Million to Resolve Alleged Violations of the False Claims Act and Anti-Kickback Statute

Posted on March 25, 2019, Health Care

Last month, the United States Department of Justice (DOJ) announced that Greenway Health, an electronic health records (EHR) software vendor, had agreed to pay close to $57 million to settle allegations that the company caused its customers to submit false claims to Medicare and Medicaid in violation of the federal False Claims Act (FCA). The […]

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HHS-OCR Reports Record-Breaking Year for HIPAA Enforcements in 2018

Posted on February 26, 2019, Health Care

In 2018, the Department of Health and Human Services’ Office for Civil Rights (OCR) settled ten cases and won summary judgment from an Administrative Law Judge (ALJ), all of which resulted in recoveries totaling $28.7 million from HIPAA enforcement actions. The previous record was from 2016 when OCR recovered $23.5 million from its HIPAA enforcement […]

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