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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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DOJ Files “First-of-Its-Kind” Action Against Pharmacies to Combat Opioid Crisis

Posted on February 26, 2019, Health Care

On February 7, 2019, the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) filed a “first-of-its-kind” civil complaint against two Tennessee pharmacies because of their alleged illegal dispensing of opioids that have been linked to at least two deaths and numerous overdoses. The DOJ has reported that this is the first time it has filed such an action […]

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EEOC Proposes Rules to Update Its Digital Charge System

Posted on February 26, 2019, Employment Law

On February 22, 2019, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) issued a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking announcing its intention to update its online charge system. The 60-day public comment period has begun, and stakeholders will have until April 23, 2019 to provide comments that the EEOC will consider before issuing its final rule. The […]

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Seventh Circuit Holds that Age Discrimination Law Does Not Apply to Job Applicants

Posted on January 28, 2019, Employment Law

The Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA) is a federal statute that makes it illegal for an employer to discriminate against its employees on the basis of age. Specifically, the ADEA prohibits employers from providing disparate treatment to employees who are 40 years old and older compared to how the employer treats younger employees. In […]

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