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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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Colorado Hospital Agrees to Pay Over $100,000 to Resolve Potential HIPAA Violations

Posted on January 28, 2019, Health Care

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of Civil Rights recently announced that Pagosa Springs Medical Center (“PSMC”) in Colorado has agreed to pay $111,400 to resolve allegations that it potentially violated HIPAA’s Privacy and Security Rules. OCR opened its investigation into PSMC over allegations that a former employee of PSMC had obtained […]

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Former Hospital Director Pleads Guilty for Her Role in an Alleged $1 Billion Health Fraud Scheme

Posted on January 28, 2019, Health Care

On January 23, 2019, a former director of a Florida hospital pled guilty to one count of conspiring to defraud federal healthcare programs by paying and receiving kickbacks as part of an alleged $1 billion healthcare fraud. The case, U.S. v. Esformes et al., is in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of […]

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Florida Pain Doctor Settles False Claims Act Investigation Months After Partner Pleads Guilty to Kickback Scheme

Posted on December 27, 2018, False Claims Act

On December 20, 2018, the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of Florida announced that a Fort Meyers-based pain doctor had agreed to settle a False Claims Act investigation. Dr. Jonathan Daitch agreed to pay over $1.7 million to resolve allegations that he violated the federal False Claims Act by receiving unlawful kickbacks associated […]

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Louisiana Employer Agrees to Pay $110,000 to Resolve EEOC Retaliation Case

Posted on December 27, 2018, Employment Law

On December 20, 2018, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) announced that a Louisiana credit union will pay $110,000 to settle allegations that it violated Title VII of the Civil Rights Act. The suit was brought by Connie Fields-Meaux, who was the former branch manager of the Lafayette Schools Federal Credit Union (now known […]

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HHS-OCR Publishes Guidance for Healthcare Organizations to Improve Cybersecurity

Posted on December 27, 2018, Health Care

In a recent Cybersecurity Newsletter, the Department of Health and Human Services’ Office for Civil Rights (OCR) published guidance on basic cybersecurity safeguards for healthcare organizations to implement in order to promote cyber resilience and mitigate the impact of attempted cyberattacks. The electronic protected health information (ePHI) of patients is very valuable, and hackers are […]

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