Our Blog: Health Law

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

Orthopedic Clinic Pays $1.5 Million for HIPAA Breaches

September 22, 2020
By Danielle Dietrich
Posted in Health Law

On September 21, 2020 the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office for Civil Rights (“HHS”) announced a $1,500,000 settlement with Athens Orthopedic Clinic PA ("Athens Orthopedic") for violations of... Read more

COVID-19 – Nursing Home and Assisted Living Center Preparedness

March 18, 2020

The novel cornoavirus (COVID-19) is reported as posing the greatest threat to the elderly population, especially those with pre-existing and compromised medical conditions.  Nursing homes, assisted living and long term care facilities are... Read more

Why Health Care Providers Need to Care About Title IX

January 29, 2020

Sexual misconduct cases on college campuses – otherwise known as Title IX cases – fill the headlines. Not surprisingly, Title IX is often associated only with sports or higher education. But if you provide health care within Pennsylvania, New... Read more

Feds Refuse to Reclassify Marijuana

September 26, 2016

The Federal Government recently announced its refusal to reclassify marijuana from its current designation as a Schedule I drug alongside heroin and LSD, under the Controlled Substances Act.  Schedule I drugs are defined as those with “no... Read more