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Compounded drugs marketed to TRICARE beneficiaries undergoing close examination by federal investigators

Compounded drugs marketed to TRICARE beneficiaries undergoing close examination by federal investigators

Ongoing investigations by both the Department of Defense (DOD) and a major U.S. media organization allege that suspicious marketing and prescribing activities have led to astronomical increases in TRICARE costs for compounded medications. According to the Military Times, TRICARE paid $769 million for compound prescriptions between January and March 2015, ... Read More »

Concussion and traumatic brain injury: A historical perspective

Concussion and traumatic brain injury: A historical perspective

Public awareness of the long-term effect of head injuries sustained in competitive sports, including but certainly not limited to collegiate and professional football, has increased significantly in the past decade. The highly publicized National Football League (NFL) federal court litigation has transitioned from the sports section to page-one treatment in ... Read More »

Home healthcare worker violates HIPAA and steals protected health information: due diligence of employees and mandated criminal background checks

Home healthcare worker violates HIPAA and steals protected health information: due diligence of employees and mandated criminal background checks

In Lee County, Florida, a home healthcare nurse stands accused of stealing from her elderly patients. Police investigators say that the nurse opened fraudulent credit card accounts under the names of at least eight of her patients. Computer and transaction records indicate that she used stolen or fraudulently obtained credit ... Read More »

GAO issues “health” reports

GAO issues “health” reports

The Government Accountability Office (GAO) has recently issued two important reports discussing important aspects of the roll-out of the federal exchange and cost-effective preventive measures in U.S. healthcare. The first report, published on July 30, 2014, examines the problematic roll-out of Healthcare.gov. In this report, entitled “HEALTHCARE.GOV – Ineffective Planning ... Read More »

Hospital pays $150,000 in penalties and fees for violating HIPPA and state data breach laws

Hospital pays $150,000 in penalties and fees for violating HIPPA and state data breach laws

The Women & Infants Hospital of Rhode Island recently agreed to pay the Massachusetts Attorney General $150,000 in penalties, attorney’s fees, and contributions to funds for education and data security litigation. The hospital’s settlement demonstrates the risks that health care entities face from aggressive state attorneys general, even those across ... Read More »

Physicians and teaching hospitals should register and review reporting of payments made and interests held before they are released to the public

Physicians and teaching hospitals should register and review reporting of payments made and interests held before they are released to the public

On September 30, 2014, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (“CMS”) will release information to the public relating to certain payments to physicians and teaching hospitals (collectively “Covered Providers”) from drug/device manufacturers and group purchasing organizations, as well as information on physician ownership and investment interests in certain drug/device ... Read More »

FDA issues pharmacy related compounding regulations and guidance documents

FDA issues pharmacy related compounding regulations and guidance documents

On July 1, 2014, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) released several documents applicable to compounding pharmacies, which are in the business of preparing custom-tailored drugs intended for patients. The first document is draft interim guidance that describes the FDA’s expectations regarding compliance with current good manufacturing practice requirements. It focuses on ... Read More »

The national government unilaterally terminates the Protocol expansion guarantee structure social housing (1999)

The national government unilaterally terminates the Protocol expansion guarantee structure social housing (1999)

On 4 June 2014, the government further explained its vision concerning people with care needs living independently for longer in a letter to Parliament. This letter also includes a passage concerning the status of the Protocol expansion guarantee structure social housing from 1999 (the Protocol). The passage is not very ... Read More »

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New HHS risk assessment tool designed to facilitate HIPAA/HITECH compliance

New HHS risk assessment tool designed to facilitate HIPAA/HITECH compliance

The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has recently released a new security risk assessment tool for the purpose of aiding covered entities and business associates in their never-ending duty of ensuring HIPAA/HITECH compliance with their operations.Under HIPAA/HITECH, covered entities and business associates must conduct regular risk assessments of ... Read More »

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