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Health Care Entity Pays $150,000 to HHS as a Result of Stolen Thumb Drive Containing PHI

Encrypting USB drives, analyzing security risks, and implementing breach notification policies and procedures could mean the difference between compliance with the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (“HIPAA”) and significant HIPAA penalties.  Adult & Pediatric Dermatology, P.C. (“APDerm”), a Massach...

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HIPAA: Friend or Foe to Innovation?

The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (“ACA”), viewed by many as the largest overhaul of health care in the United States to date, has brought about a time of great change. The health care industry has never been more complex, and concerns about the cost of, access to, and quality of health care have never been more pressing. I...

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Health Insurance Exchange Enrollees Now Eligible to Receive Benefits – Providers Should Be Ready To Verify Patients’ Health Insurance Coverage

Beginning January 1, 2014, Americans who purchased a health insurance plan through the Health Insurance Marketplace (often referred to as the “Exchange”) on or before December 24, 2013 are now covered by those plans. Health care providers can expect to see an influx of new patients, many of whom may not be familiar with the coverage opt...

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Federal Government Extends Donated EHR Technology Protections under Stark and AKS through 2021

Some of the most important protections under the federal Stark Law (“Stark”) and the federal Anti-Kickback Statute (“AKS”) have been those that permit hospitals and other organizations to donate electronic health records (“EHR”) items and services to physicians. Fortunately for physicians, the Centers for Medicar...

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Federal Government Announces Relief from Individual Mandate

Individuals who had their insurance plans cancelled and cannot find other insurance will be breathing a collective sigh of relief. A recent announcement from the Obama Administration states that such individuals will not be subject to penalties for failing to have health care coverage in 2014. In a letter dated December 19, 2013, Kathleen Sebelius,...

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Deadline to Enroll in Health Insurance Coverage Extended through December 24

Along with stocking stuffers and gifts, last-minute Christmas shoppers have another item to put on their list: another chance to purchase health insurance coverage through the Federal Insurance Exchange.  The Obama Administration announced yesterday that consumers seeking health insurance coverage on a Federal Exchange to start on January 1, 2...

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The Cloud: Google Apps for Business and HIPAA Compliance

Does your company use Google Apps for Business? Are you a health care provider, health plan, or health care clearinghouse (“Covered Entity” or “Covered Entities”) subject to the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (“HIPAA”)? If you answered yes to these questions, you may need a business associate...

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Population Care Management – The Future of Health Care: An Interview with John M. Tedeschi, M.D.

John M. Tedeschi, M.D., a New Jersey pediatrician turned health care entrepreneur, admits he is “obsessed” with the ideals of the Affordable Care Act (the “ACA”): (1) increasing the quality of health care, (2) increasing patient access to and satisfaction with health care, and (3) decreasing the costs of health care. “...

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Obermayer Launches Health Law GurusTM Blog

Obermayer Rebmann Maxwell & Hippel LLP announces the launch of “Health Law GurusTM” – a health law Blog, covering emerging and new developments in health law, health care reform, HIPAA and HITECH privacy issues, and technology, regulatory, and compliance matters. From emerging issues under the Affordable Care Act to new health...

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Firm Adds New Associates

Obermayer Rebmann Maxwell & Hippel LLP has welcomed five new associates to its Philadelphia office. Thaddeus Stephen Kirk V and Rigel Farr join the firm’s litigation department. Aäna L. Maguire joins the firm’s business & finance department. Conor McNally joins the health care department, and Teleicia J. Rose joins the labo...

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