Our Blog: Health Law

Pennsylvania’s Psychiatrist/Psychologist-Patient Privilege: What it is and When it is Waived

April 19, 2022
By Kathleen Mannard
Posted in Health Law

The Pennsylvania psychiatrist/psychologist-patient privilege, codified as 42 Pa.C.S. § 5944, protects confidential communications shared between a psychiatrist or... Read more

Medspas Must Comply With Pennsylvania’s Corporate Practice of Medicine Doctrine

April 1, 2022
By Matthew Morella
Posted in Business Services, Health Law

Medical spas (“Medspas”) offer luxurious treatments like massages, salt glows, and seaweed wraps. They also offer clinical procedures like Botox, laser hair removal,... Read more

Vaccine Mandate UPDATE

November 5, 2021

As expected, the Emergency Temporary Standard (ETS) for mandatory vaccinations was published today.  The ETS is available Read more

CMS Issues Emergency Rule Requiring COVID-19 Vaccines for Healthcare Providers by January 4, 2022

November 4, 2021

The government is forcing the hand of healthcare providers who have dragged their feet on enacting COVID-19 vaccine requirements.  Today, November 4, 2021, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services issued a... Read more

AEON Clinical Laboratories $25,000 Settlement for Potential HIPAA Security Rule Violations

May 26, 2021
By Danielle Dietrich
Posted in Health Law

On May 25, 2021 the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office for Civil Rights (“HHS”) announced at $25,000 settlement with Peachstate Health Management, LLC, doing business as AEON Clinical... Read more

New Requirements for Group Health Plans and Insurers Under Mental Health Parity & Addiction Equity Act

April 30, 2021
By Matthew Morella
Posted in Health Law

Beginning February 10, 2021, group health plans and insurers that cover mental health/substance abuse disorder (“MH/SUD”) and medical/surgical benefits (“M/S”) are subject to two new federal requirements.... Read more

Government Lightens Enforcement of HIPAA Rules to Aid COVID-19 Vaccinations

January 20, 2021
By Danielle Dietrich
Posted in Health Law, Litigation

On January 19, 2021 the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office for Civil Rights (“HHS”) announced that it will not impose penalties for violations of the Health Insurance Portability and... Read more

Excellus Health Pays $5.1 Million to Resolve HIPAA Breach Involving Over 9 Million People

January 19, 2021
By Danielle Dietrich
Posted in Health Law, Litigation

On January 15, 2021 the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office for Civil Rights (“HHS”) announced a $5,100,000 settlement with Excellus Health Plan, Inc. ("Excellus") for violations of the Health... Read more

HIPAA Breach by Aetna Results in $1,000,000 Payment to Resolve

October 29, 2020
By Danielle Dietrich
Posted in Health Law

On October 28, 2020 the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office for Civil Rights (“HHS”) announced that Aetna Life Insurance Company (and the affiliated covered entity, Aetna) agreed to pay $1,000,000 and enter into a corrective... Read more

Premera Blue Cross’s $6.85 Million Settlement is the Second-Largest HIPAA Settlement to Date

September 28, 2020
By Danielle Dietrich
Posted in Health Law

On September 25, 2020 the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office for Civil Rights (“HHS”) announced what it billed to be the second largest payment to resolve a HIPAA investigation ever.  Premera... Read more