Medicare Regulations Compliance for Long-term Care Hospitals-within-Hospitals

Christine S. Kim Assistant Editor Loyola University Chicago School of Law, J.D. 2017   Due to the inextricably association between long-term care Hospitals-within-Hospitals (“HwHs”) and their respective Long Term Care Hospitals (“LTCH”), or host hospitals, efforts to circumvent compliance with federal reimbursement regulations have evolved. This blog article discusses the ways in which the Centers …
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Impaired and On the Clock: Developing Policies and Procedures to Cope with Impairment in the Workplace

Brittany Tomkies Executive Editor Loyola University Chicago School of Law, JD 2017   Drug and substance abuse has become an epidemic in the United States over the past 15 years, reaching an alarming 9.4% of Americans ages 12 and older in 2013. The human and economic costs of substance abuse are astonishing – some estimate …
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19 Ingredients, 2.2 Million Pounds of Product and $368.7 Million to Comply

Brittany Tomkies Executive Editor Loyola University Chicago School of Law, JD 2017   The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued a final rule on September 2, 2016 establishing that certain over-the-counter (OTC) consumer antiseptic wash products (i.e. antibacterial hand and body soaps) containing certain active ingredients can no longer be marketed as they are not generally …
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Another Suit against Vanguard Healthcare

Kaitlin Lavin Executive Editor Loyola University Chicago School of Law, JD 2017   In 2011, Vanguard Healthcare, LLC (“Vanguard”) settled a whistleblower suit for Medicare and Medicaid fraud and entered into a Corporate Integrity Agreement (CIA). Now the federal government is suing Vanguard for submitting fraudulent claims for services that were “either non-existent or grossly …
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FTC Final Order against LabMD – The Intersection of Unfair Practices, Privacy, Security, and Compliance

Logan Parker Privacy Editor Loyola University Chicago School of Law, LL.M. in Health Law 2017   The Federal Trade Commission (“FTC”) issued an Opinion and Final Order on July 29, 2016 against LabMD, a now defunct medical testing laboratory, for its lax data security practices that constituted an unfair practice under Section 5 of the …
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Big Pharma Scorecard Encouraging Greater Clinical Trial Transparency

Kaitlin Lavin Executive Editor Loyola University Chicago School of Law, JD 2017   Bioethics International (BEI), a non-profit organization, is working to improve transparency and ethics in healthcare delivery and innovation by holding pharmaceutical companies accountable for compliance with the Food and Drug Administration Amendments Act (FDAAA). Many people do not trust drug companies, believing …
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Cybersecurity Biggest Risk to Financial System, Regulators Plan to Provide More Oversight

Kaitlin Lavin Executive Editor Loyola University Chicago School of Law, JD 2017   Financial institutions can expect increased oversight and new regulations due to recent cyberattacks and data breaches in banks. Several banks have already reported data breaches this year, and many banks have been rattled by the cyberattacks on SWIFT—the  messaging network connecting the …
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HIPAA Vulnerabilities Highlighted in Oregon Health & Science University Settlement

Logan Parker Privacy Editor Loyola University Chicago School of Law, LL.M in Health Law 2017   In 2013, Oregon Health & Science University (“OHSU”), Oregon’s only academic health center, reported numerous breaches of unsecured electronic protected health information (“ePHI”), including two breaches within the span of five months. This led to the Office of Civil …
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OCR To Devote Greater Resources To HIPAA Breaches Affecting Fewer Than 500 Individuals

Christine Bulgozdi Associate Editor Loyola University Chicago School of Law, JD 2018   The Office of Civil Rights (OCR) announced in August that they would be focusing more efforts on investigating breaches of Protected Health Information (PHI) affecting fewer than 500 individuals.  Currently, regional offices investigate all breaches affecting more than 500 individuals, but only …
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