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HHS Seeks Comments on Changes to HIPAA to Promote Improved Care Coordination

Posted by: Stephanie T. Eckerle and Andrew W. Breck on January 8, 2019

Court Decision Clears Way for Broader Use of Postnuptial Agreements

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (“HHS”) Office of Civil Rights (“OCR”) recently issued a Request for Information (“RFI”) to assist in identifying provisions of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (“HIPAA”) privacy and security regulations that could be...


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Indiana Medicaid Rule Changes to Expect for 2019

Posted by: Meghan M. Linvill McNab and Brandon W. Shirley on January 8, 2019

Court Decision Clears Way for Broader Use of Postnuptial Agreements

An Executive Order limiting agency rulemaking has not prevented Indiana Medicaid from moving forward with a number of rulemaking changes expected to be finalized throughout 2019. These rules are in various stages of the rule adoption process, and have a broad impact on the health care community...


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Responding to Online Patient Reviews: Legal and Practical Considerations for Physicians

Posted by: Thomas N. Hutchinson and Alexandria M. Foster on January 8, 2019

Court Decision Clears Way for Broader Use of Postnuptial Agreements

In the age of immediate access to online platforms such as Google, Yelp, and Healthgrades, patients are able to share physician reviews, many of which are positive, but at times can be negative and potentially false. Negative reviews are damaging to a physician’s professional and personal...


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Expanded Medicaid Treatment Options for Individuals with Substance Use Disorder and Serious Mental Illness

Posted by: Stacy Walton Long and Amanda K. Schipp on December 18, 2018

Court Decision Clears Way for Broader Use of Postnuptial Agreements

This fall there have been a variety of federal initiatives aimed at expanding treatment options to address substance use disorder and mental illness. In late October, President Trump signed into law a comprehensive bipartisan opioid and substance abuse bill (available here) aimed at prevention,...


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Failure to Terminate Access to PHI Leads to HIPAA Violation

Posted by: Stacy Walton Long and Alexandria M. Foster on December 18, 2018

Court Decision Clears Way for Broader Use of Postnuptial Agreements

The Health and Human Services’ Office of Civil Rights (“OCR”) recently entered into a Resolution Agreement with Pagosa Springs Medical Center (“PSMC”), resolving HIPAA violations over five years after the initial investigation began.1 On June 7, 2013, OCR initiated an investigation that revealed...


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Medicaid Presumptive Eligibility Moves to Fee-For-Service

Posted by: Amanda K. Schipp and Brandon W. Shirley on December 18, 2018

Court Decision Clears Way for Broader Use of Postnuptial Agreements

Indiana Medicaid announced that, effective January 1, 2019, adults determined to be presumptively eligible for Medicaid will receive fee-for-service benefits during the presumptive eligibility (PE) coverage period. This change means that the enhanced benefits and additional flexibilities...


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Protecting Patient Information: The Importance of a Business Associate Agreement Under HIPAA

Posted by: Stephanie T. Eckerle and Alexandria M. Foster on December 14, 2018

Court Decision Clears Way for Broader Use of Postnuptial Agreements

The Health and Human Services’ Office of Civil Rights (“OCR”) recently entered into a Resolution Agreement with a Florida physicians’ group, Advanced Care Hospitalists PL (“ACH”), after investigating an alleged HIPAA breach.1  Between November 2011 and June 2012, ACH obtained billing data...


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