Our Blog: Health Law

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

New Regulation Provides Path for Parents of Minors with Serious Medical Conditions to Obtain Medical Marijuana from Out of State

July 1, 2016

Contributing Authors:  Erica L. Laughlin and Lydia A. Gorba NOTHING IN THIS DOCUMENT IS INTENDED OR SHALL BE CONSTRUED AS ADVICE TO PARTICIPATE IN, OR COUNSEL WITH RESPECT TO, CRIMINAL OR FRAUDULENT ACTIVITIES.  POSSESSION, DISTRIBUTION AND... Read more

Temporary Regulations for PA’s Medical Marijuana Law Taking Shape

June 20, 2016

On June 1, 2016, the PA Department of Health announced that it had begun the task of developing temporary regulations in order to implement the medical marijuana program in Pennsylvania.  Pennsylvania’s Medical Marijuana Act, which went into... Read more

A Discussion of the Medical Marijuana Act

June 20, 2016

NOTHING IN THIS DOCUMENT IS INTENDED OR SHALL BE CONSTRUED AS ADVICE TO PARTICIPATE IN, OR COUNSEL WITH RESPECT TO, CRIMINAL OR FRAUDULENT ACTIVITIES.  POSSESSION, DISTRIBUTION AND SALE OF MARIJUANA IS A SERIOUS CRIME UNDER FEDERAL LAW, AND NOTHING... Read more

Clearing the Smoke – What Employers Need to Know about Pennsylvania’s New Medical Marijuana Act

May 10, 2016

Background on the Act On April 17, 2016, Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf signed Senate Bill 3, known as the Medical Marijuana Act, into law making Pennsylvania the 24th state to legalize the medical use of... Read more