Health Care Law Insights

Small Practices Not Immune from HIPAA Enforcement

Small medical practices who think they don’t need to worry about HIPAA privacy and security compliance had better think again.  A 6-physician practice in the Chicago area recently paid the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services $31,000 to settle alleged violations of the HIPAA Privacy Rules. The Center for Children’s Digestive Health, a pediatric […]

US Department of Justice Publishes ‘The Guidance’ to Help Set Standards for Corporate Compliance Programs

Earlier this year, the Fraud Section of the US Department of Justice (DOJ) published its Evaluation of Corporate Compliance Programs (the “Guidance”).  The Guidance set out important standards for corporate compliance plans.  The Guidance also provides a checklist for corporations’ compliance programs.  The DOJ recognizes that compliance plans are not a “one size fits all” […]

Florida Votes: Update on Amendment 2 and Medical Marijuana

Medical marijuana continues its pace as a hot topic in Florida since its defeat via a ballot measure in 2014 and subsequent approval in this unpredictable 2106 election.  In 2014 the ballot measure failed with 58 percent approval, just shy of the 60 percent required for a constitutional amendment.  This year, in an decisive result, […]

Florida Enacts Fiduciary Access to Digital Assets Act

In an increasingly digital world, access to a person’s data and information has become an issue of growing concern. Certain states have responded to this by adopting the Revised Uniform Fiduciary Access to Digital Assets Act (the “Uniform Act”). The Uniform Act allows individuals to plan for the disposition of their digital assets. A digital […]

Medicare Overpayment Rule Finalized: Key Points for Healthcare Providers

Medicare’s long awaited final rule regarding the overpayment of Medicare Part A and Part B payments is finally here.  The scope, requirements, and impact of Section 6402(d) of the Affordable Care Act has been in question since its inception. Section 6402(a) of the Affordable Care Act requires a person who has received an overpayment to […]