A U.S. House of Representatives committee in New York federal court Friday stood its ground against a U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission subpoena for documents in connection with a health care insider trading probe, calling it a "fool's errand" with no legal backing.
The Eleventh Circuit on Friday lifted a bar on enforcement of a Florida “gun gag” law restricting doctors from asking patients about firearm ownership, saying it doesn’t violate the First Amendment and calling the plaintiffs’ fears that doctors could face discipline for “offending a patient’s subjective sensibilities” unfounded.
A Florida judge on Friday struck down the state's ban on same-sex marriage and ordered Miami-Dade County to allow the unions, saying the ban violates the U.S. Constitution's due process and equal protection clauses, but stayed her order pending possible appeals.
As qui tam False Claims Act lawsuits continue to rise, health care companies and their attorneys are working to bolster internal compliance programs and eyeing employee litigation releases as a way to limit exposure. But those agreements require some careful handling. Here, attorneys share three tips to crafting an employee release that won't be thrown out in court.
The U.S. Federal Trade Commission on Thursday urged the Eleventh Circuit to uphold a Georgia federal court order dismissing LabMD Inc.’s challenge to its authority to police data-security standards, arguing the court correctly held it does not have jurisdiction to “entertain a lawsuit” to enjoin agency proceedings.
Susquehanna Health System on Thursday sued American Progressive Life and Health Insurance Co. of New York in Pennsylvania federal court, alleging it breached an agreement by withholding 2 percent of all Medicare Advantage PPO reimbursements it was required to pay Susquehanna.
A group of 21 professors told a Massachusetts state court to take a closer look at an agreement with the state attorney general allowing hospital company Partners HealthCare System to acquire two hospitals, saying the acquisition is likely to harm consumers.
The Internal Revenue Service has issued a slew of new Affordable Care Act rules to clarify its tax credit policy for various household situations and establish caps for the fines individuals and families will face if they fail to purchase Affordable Care Act-compliant health insurance this year.
Sen. Mark Begich, D-Alaska, has introduced a pair of bills seeking to guarantee Alaska Native and Native American tribes receive prompt payment for the administration of health care and delivery of other services through tribal hospitals and clinics, the senator’s office said Thursday.
LabMD Inc.'s CEO told a House committee Thursday that the Federal Trade Commission began probing its allegedly lax data security only after the company refused to pay the firm that became the commission's main witness to fix security vulnerabilities, but the committee's top Democrat countered that there was no concrete evidence that LabMD was unfairly targeted.
The owner and administrator of two Miami home care companies pled guilty Wednesday in Florida federal court for her role in a $74 million Medicare fraud scheme that allegedly billed the government for services not medically necessary or not provided.
A federal judge on Thursday dismissed two New Jersey pharmacies' suits against a Walgreen Co. subsidiary, finding that they failed to show the company breached asset purchase agreements that tied certain payouts to future prescriptions from the pharmacies' onetime customers.
A Delaware federal judge on Thursday trimmed Universal American Corp.'s suit alleging its $222.3 million merger partner for APS Healthcare Inc. fraudulently induced the transaction, ruling that allegations of securities violations and fraud failed to state a claim.
Duane Morris LLP bolstered its health law practice group with the addition of a health-care mergers and acquisitions and private equity pro from Benesch Friedlander Coplan & Aronoff LLP in its New York office, the firm said.
A resolution that would authorize the U.S. House of Representatives to sue President Barack Obama over the delay of the Affordable Care Act’s employer mandate moved one step closer to a vote Thursday, when the House Rules Committee approved it for full House review.
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services hasn't brought its security controls for employee and contractor personal identity verification up to the standards set by a 2004 presidential directive, posing serious risks, according to a watchdog report made public Wednesday.
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services said Thursday that consumers saved $4.3 billion on health insurance premiums last year, thanks to an Affordable Care Act provision limiting how much insurance companies can spend on overhead costs.
U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Ill., on Tuesday urged Walgreen Co.'s CEO to reconsider a rumored inversion with Switzerland-based Alliance Boots that would slash Walgreen's U.S. tax obligations, issuing an impassioned letter that cast the proposed deal as a slap in the face of U.S. taxpayers.
The Obama administration won cautious praise on Wednesday from its legal adversaries in litigation over the Affordable Care Act’s birth control mandate after disclosing that it will alter an opt-out process that religious nonprofits say makes them complicit in immoral activities.
A Rhode Island-based hospital has agreed to a civil penalty and making data security improvements to resolve the Massachusetts attorney general's allegations that the hospital failed to adequately protect personal and health data stored on unencrypted backup tapes that went missing in 2012, the regulator said Wednesday.
In Visiting Nurse Association of Florida Inc. v. Jupiter Medical Center, the Florida Supreme Court entered a unanimous decision that falls in line with a growing trend providing further certainty in using arbitration as a speedy and cost-effective vehicle for resolving commercial disputes, say attorneys with Berger Singerman LLP.
The Mandatory Victims Restitution Act is a valuable tool to recover the expenses of a costly, yet necessary, internal investigation into a former employee’s criminal wrongdoing. Anticipate and plan for a necessity showing under the MVRA as a potential criminal matter is being investigated and after government cooperation has commenced, say Paul Monnin and Zachary LeVasseur of DLA Piper LLP.
From Rivera v. Albany Medical Center Hospital and Marano v. Mercy Hospital, defendants will likely be unable to obtain summary judgment in medical malpractice cases without disclosing the name of the medical expert submitting an affidavit, says Justin Salkin of Hiscock & Barclay LLP.
It happens all the time. When a dispute arises, two parties find themselves in arbitration, realizing that they might have had more leverage to dictate the terms of the process when they were negotiating the arbitration provision — but missed the opportunity, says Daniel McCloskey of Duane Morris LLP.
In this e-discovery era, why aren't more litigants using Federal Rule of Evidence 502(d) orders and affording themselves basic protection of their most sensitive information? Or, if they are moving for such orders, why are they doing it wrong? asks John Rosans of Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP.
A recent report from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of the Inspector General resurfaced the issue of offshoring restrictions in the context of Medicaid contracts. This easily overlooked issue has been percolating to the top of the list for government agencies, state attorneys general and, perhaps, qui tam plaintiffs’ attorneys, say attorneys with Dickstein Shapiro LLP.
Potential bids by U.S. suitors for U.K. target companies in the pharmaceutical and health care sectors seem to be a recurring theme this year
Employers still on the fence in terms of providing qualifying health care coverage for their employees see new hope in the D.C. Circuit's ruling in Jacqueline Halbig v. Burwell because the case points to a possible legislative flaw that would exempt employers in 36 of the 50 states from the "pay-or-play" tax that underlies the Affordable Care Act, says Robert Christenson of Fisher & Phillips LLP.
State of New York v. Healthfirst Inc. — one of the first cases to test the bounds of the Affordable Care Act's 60-day overpayment rule — may provide insights into the enforcement priorities of federal and state agencies, the interpretation of the 60-day rule by a federal court, and the willingness of courts to impose potentially massive civil penalties, say Robert Homchick and Adam Romney of Davis Wright Tremaine LLP.
The prosecution of FedEx Corp. for allegedly failing to heed signs that illegal Internet pharmacies were using its facilities represents a significant expansion of the U.S. Department of Justice’s efforts to outsource law enforcement to private third parties and then go after these third parties when they fail to meet an undefined standard of compliance, rather than focus on the criminals, say attorneys with Bingham McCutchen LLP.