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Mary Connolly

Dental Care Alliance, LLC (DCA) agreed to settle a class action lawsuit that arose out of a 2020 cyberattack. A hearing to approve the $3 million settlement was held on September 1.

DCA, based in Sarasota, Fla., is a dental services organization that provides practice support to over 390 affiliated dental practices across the U.S.

On August 23, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Office for Civil Rights (OCR) announced that Massachusetts-based New England Dermatology, P.C., d/b/a New England Dermatology and Laser Center (NEDLC), agreed to resolve alleged HIPAA violations for a fine of $300,640.

OCR commenced an investigation of NEDLC after the provider filed a breach report

On August 3, North Country Neurology, P.C., a physician-owned medical practice located in Watertown, NY (the “Practice”), reached a settlement with the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of New York to pay $850,000 for submitting false Medicare claims for payment.

Among other things, the Practice admitted to having submitted 120 claims between September

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ Transparency in Coverage Final Rule took effect on July 1, following a six-month delay in implementation to allow payers to come into compliance.

The Final Rule requires group health plans and health insurance issuers offering non-grandfathered coverage in the group and individual markets to disclose online, in machine-readable

On June 13, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) issued guidance to explain how audio-only telehealth can comply with HIPAA, while also emphasizing that this mode of telehealth services can expand healthcare access to individuals who may have limited internet and broadband capabilities.

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic in March 2020,

In a recent Advisory Opinion, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of Inspector General (OIG) determined that an arrangement involving certain physicians who have an ownership interest in a medical device company that manufactures products that may be ordered by the physician owners (the “Company”) was not considered a suspect physician-owned

On May 11, New York Gov. Kathy Hochul announced the establishment of the Pharmacy Benefits Bureau within the State’s Department of Financial Services (DFS). The Bureau will handle the licensing and supervision of pharmacy benefit managers (PBMs), and in particular their impact on consumers and the cost of healthcare. The Bureau will also have authority

In December 2019, the New York State Department of Health (DOH) issued a Request for Offers (RFO) from fiscal intermediaries (FIs) to enter into contracts with the DOH to provide FI services in the Consumer Directed Personal Assistance Program (CDPAP) for persons enrolled in Medicaid fee-for-service and Medicaid managed care programs. The CDPAP provides services

The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) recently intervened in an action filed in Texas against two laboratory CEOs, one hospital CEO, and numerous other executives, employees, and recruiters, seeking civil penalties and treble damages for violations of the False Claims Act. The DOJ’s complaint, which was unsealed on April 4, also alleges that the fraudulent

On March 22, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) issued guidance clarifying the obligations of covered entities to require their business associates to comply with HIPAA Administrative Simplification requirements related to standards for electronic health care transactions, code sets, unique identifiers, and operating rules.

While these requirements apply only to covered entities,