Topic: Health Care

No Such Thing As A Free Lunch: A Compliance Warning on Lavish Entertainment and Bogus Educational Meetings

Health care practitioners should need no reminder that government authorities closely scrutinize practitioner relationships with the medical device and pharmaceutical industries. Reports of payments under the federal Physician Sunshine Act represent just one way the authorities become aware of payments to practitioners. Still, a recent settlement under the Anti-Kickback Statute concerning physician entertainment expenses is…

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2017 Round-Up: Key Decisions Affecting Connecticut Health Care Providers

Pullman & Comley’s annual review of significant case law affecting Connecticut health care providers (click here to view) summarizes a number of important decisions issued in 2017 by Connecticut state courts and the federal District Court in Connecticut. Among the 2017 highlights are state court decisions addressing informed consent; exceptions to the physician-patient privilege; and…

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HIPAA in the Age of Ransomware

According to a recent US Government Interagency report, ransomware is the fastest growing malware threat, targeting users of all types, including health care facilities. This past spring, for example, the WannaCry ransomware crippled the UK’s National Health Service and drove hospitals in Connecticut to take action to secure their systems against the virus. And just…

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Thinking of Becoming a Concierge Practice? Some Legal Issues to Consider

Many primary care physicians are transitioning their practices to a “concierge” model, sometimes called “Direct Primary Care” or “Retainer” practice. In a concierge practice, patients pay a fixed annual or monthly fee to receive certain non-medical services in addition to the usual professional services rendered by physicians. Concierge services include such “extras” as same-day or…

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Hospitals, Physician Practices and Clinics are Reminded to Post New Non-Discrimination Notice

Hospitals, physician practices and other health care providers that receive federal financial assistance, which includes receiving reimbursement from Medicare Parts A, C and D and/or Medicaid, are reminded to post new non-discrimination notices required under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (the “ACA”). Background While the prohibition on discrimination has been in effect since…

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